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clipping. - CLPPNG
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Based on 17 reviews
2014 Ratings: #197 / 845
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Based on 229 ratings
2014 Ratings: #51
June 10, 2014 / Release Date
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CLPPNG may be one of the most exciting and electrifying rap albums of the year, but their extension of the Bomb Squad aesthetic is also definitely not for the faint of heart.

The Needle Drop
Clipping lives up to hip hop tradition and pushes "noise hop" unorthodoxy on their sophomore album.

There isn’t really anything on CLPPNG as grating and challenging as “Get Up,” but that song is a clear enough indicator that producers William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes are not making music for the faint of heart or tender of ear.

The Line of Best Fit

Instead of becoming rap pariahs with topsy-turvy beats and art-school interpretations, they’re involving themselves in the traditional, helping push the frontier of a bustling genre.

The Skinny

It is replete with sheet-metal distortion, 808s that bang like helicarriers under missile fire, and ferociously-spit double-time lyrics.

Drowned in Sound

CLPPNG makes a sterling argument for the intersection of noise and hip-hop tropes.


Shattered remnants of familiar sounds surface far more frequently on this follow-up, but this isn't about dumbing down. 'CLPPNG' is anything but subtle, but it’s a lot more settled than Midcity.


Clipping's nightmare is riveting, particularly during its sweat-inducing peak 'Get Up', which uses an alarm clock as a beat underneath breakneck verses.

Tiny Mix Tapes

On CLPPNG, the songs that come between these bookends are more diverse, fully-realized, and at times accessible than those found on Midcity


CLPPNG is all about the warped sounds coming from the trio’s twisted minds, not outside influences.


Even when the songs sound coherent and have some interesting moments, the jarring beats still come on as incessantly aggressive with no actual power, inspiration, or deeper statement driving the noise.

A less interesting take on their sound and approach to hip hop, even if it is seemingly more inventive. Plays it safe too many times to peak any interest outside of the name attached to it.

BEST TRACKS: Dominoes, Taking Off, Inside Out, Get Up, Body and Blood
It has some amazing moments but the lack of an melodic sense and connection between some tracks is a bit annoying at times. The rapping is always great and the production is amazing. It could be a lot better but the some minor failures keep it from being an industrial hip hop classic. I do reccomend it tho.
This is underrated as fuck. This whole LP is a unique and abstract take on industrial. Incredibly lyrical and very strange, the record comes together and reads as a self-doubting and aggressive romp through the mind of a madman. It doesn't sound like Death Grips, but if you're a noise fan, you might even like it better. Meditative.
EDIT: have been going back into this album recently after developing a small interest in noise music. now, much of this really isnt noise, but it has a heavy influence from the genre, which forms a very distinctive sound. daveed diggs brings in some of the best rapping ive heard from this decade, with a very speedy yet completely comprehend-able flow. the production is pretty well done, with some stellar tracks (work work) and some that are bland (dream) but as a whole very good. diggs' ... read more

I loved it. Minimalist. A lot of Death Grips comparisons but honestly i'm not seeing it. Great stuff though.
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Track List

  1. Intro 
  2. Body & Blood 
  3. Work Work (feat. Cocc Pistol Cree)
  4. Summertime (feat. King T) 
  5. Taking Off
  6. Tonight (feat. Gangsta Boo) 
  7. Dream 
  8. Get Up (feat. Mariel Jacoda)
  9. Or Die (feat. Guce)
  10. Inside Out 
  11. Story 2
  12. Dominoes 
  13. Ends 
  14. Williams Mix (feat. Tom Erbe)
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Added on: May 24, 2014