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clipping. – “Intro” Video

MC Daveed Diggs of clipping. spits fire so quickly that his words could narrate panicked seconds before a life-line goes flat. Listening to the Los Angeles group’s self-titled debut is an experiment in listening comprehension, and trying to cling to each word that trickles out of Diggs’ mouth is a both futile and totally unnecessary. More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 8, 2015 - 2:32 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

There were plenty of good videos this week, but none of them came close to touching another video, albeit one that wasn’t officially a music video. Kanye West’s performance of “All Day” at the Brit Awards would’ve been a thing of beauty even without the fucking flamethrowers: A goddam Boot Camp Clik video, staged i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 27, 2015 - 5:18 pm

clipping. – “Summertime” Video

As Tom pointed out when he heralded clipping.’s debut album CLPPNG as Album Of The Week, the fact that the L.A. hip-hop trio had the wherewithal to put the legendary West Coast rapper King Tee on a track is indicative of their extensive knowledge of the genre. In director Carlos Lopez Estrada’s video for “Summertime,”… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 26, 2015 - 5:58 pm

The 40 Best Music Videos Of 2014

Next year, YouTube will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For nearly a decade, then, music videos have belonged almost entirely to the internet. Once upon a time, video directors made their work for TV, expecting you to run across their images when you were flipping through channels. By the time YouTube hit its second year, that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2014 - 1:01 pm

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2014

In 2014, rap’s biggest names more or less sat the year out. Kanye West never got around to releasing that populist masterwork he’s been promising. Drake threw a bunch of great songs up on Soundcloud rather than compiling those songs into an LP. Jay Z went on tour with his wife but gave us no… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 16, 2014 - 11:10 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Last year’s Thanksgiving break means we’ve actually got two weeks’ worth of videos accounted for below, and they were a packed two weeks. It hurts my heart not to include strong pieces of work like EMA’s grand cyberpunk vision, Atmosphere’s masterful The Jerk reference, OFF!’s delirious slapstick freakout, or Ty Dolla $ign’s ridiculous, surreal featMore »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2014 - 11:22 am

clipping. – “Get Up” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

L.A. noise rap trio clipping. have once again teamed up with director Carlos Lopez Estrada, who also did the memorable videos for “Work Work” and “Inside Out.” Their next partnership isn’t as flashy as either of those, but the video for “Get Up,” co-directed by Cristina Bercovitz, is just as unsettling: with a minimalism and… More »

By: James Rettig / December 4, 2014 - 11:14 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

If you’ve noticed a higher-than-average number of weird EDM videos in this space lately, it’s not because I’m suddenly trawling Electric Daisy Carnival messageboards. It’s because someone clued me into the existence of IMVDb, a thorough and valuable resource for discovering videos that would’ve otherwise skated right past my awareness. And a good number of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 5, 2014 - 12:59 pm

clipping. – “Inside Out” Video

One of the year’s most absorbing, memorable music videos is director Carlos Lopez Estrada’s whirling, expressionist clip for “Work Work,” a song from the L.A. noise-rap trio clipping. The new video for “Inside Out,” another track from clipping.’s abrasive and powerful new album CLPPNG, reunites the director and group, and it’s closer to the majesty… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 4, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Clipping. Respond To Events In Ferguson With “Knees On The Ground”

The Californian noise-rap group clipping. make bracing, confrontational music, but it’s not really political music, at least in the way that “political rap” is usually understood. Still, the three members of the group have recently found themselves doing the same thing as so many of us: Watching the police/protester clashes in Ferguson, Missouri with a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 22, 2014 - 8:55 am

clipping. – “Story 4: Sleeplessly Embracing” (alt-J – “Hunger Of The Pine” Remix)

Last month, we heard “Hunger Of The Pine,” our first taste of new alt-J album This Is All Yours. Around the same time, alt-J drummer Thom Green discussed his appreciation of clipping.’s noise-rap experiments. Now, the two capitalization-averse artists have joined forces, with clipping. blowing the electronic atmospherics of “Hunger Of The Pine” out into… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 29, 2014 - 2:18 pm

clipping. – “Story 2″ Video

The experimental rap group clipping. have a few recurring themes on their two albums. They always start with an “Intro,” they end with a mind-melting sound collage, and they both include a very disturbing “Story.” In the case of the band’s new album, their debut for Sub Pop, “Story 2″ is not a pleasant listen,… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 24, 2014 - 6:16 pm

clipping. – “Body & Blood” Video (Stereogum Premiere) (NSFW)

We just named clipping.’s CLPPNG our Album Of The Week, and one of the record’s finest noise-rap dispatches is the booming “Body & Blood,” its second track and first proper song. Just a day after the album’s release, director Patrick Kennelly has delivered a “Body & Blood” video that matches the track’s ferocious bluntness with… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 11, 2014 - 10:05 am

Album Of The Week: clipping. CLPPNG

The minute the L.A. trio clipping. emerged, combining clinically precise raps with assaultive squalls of electro-noise, they invited comparison to another California group, Death Grips. But those comparisons don’t work, and the main reason is also the main reason I can’t stand Death Grips. Here’s the thing: clipping. are, on some level, a rap group,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 10, 2014 - 2:27 pm

Stream clipping. CLPPNG

The problem with a lot of noise-rap is that it falls apart a bit when it comes to the actual rapping. That’s not a problem for the L.A. trio clipping., whose squalid digital chaos screeches and unmoors but whose rap fundamentals are strong. The trio’s jangled, intense debut album CLPPNG has guest appearances from undersung… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 2, 2014 - 10:11 am

clipping. – “Body & Blood”

The fascinating noise-rap trio clipping. are a few weeks away from releasing their gut-liquefying Sub Pop debut CLPPNG, and we’ve posted the eerie first single “Work Work,” as well as its staggering video. “Body & Blood,” the next track they’ve shared from that album, upends the sort of stark, mercenary money-for-sex talk you hear o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 23, 2014 - 3:41 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Hey, whoever’s in charge of music video releases! Can you space things out a little better, please? Last week, I scrambled to come up with five watchable videos. This week, I have to leave out a few videos that I legitimately loved, only because the selection was too rich. That’s why you won’t find Mogwai’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 16, 2014 - 1:29 pm

clipping. – “Work Work (Feat. Cocc Pistol Cree)” Video

As if rap group clipping.’s “Work Work” wasn’t already intense enough, now the group has teamed with director Carlos Lopez Estrada to up the ante. Daveed Diggs raps the entire track while biting a curb as a shoe presses down on his head. In the best moment, the camera pans up to reveal the shoe… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 13, 2014 - 2:12 pm

clipping. – “Work Work” (Feat. Cocc Pistol Cree) (Stereogum Premiere)

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Wolf Eyes signing to Sub Pop. It was a strange move to many, that such a high-profile label would team up with a group so dissonant and grotesque, but from the moment “Stabbed In The Face” (their first single for the label) appeared, it was clear that thi… More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 11, 2014 - 11:16 am

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2013

It’s that time of year again: Time to take stock of the vast armies of new musicians making music in the past year, and to pick out a few dozen of the best and brightest. In the three previous annual versions of this column, we’ve hailed the arrivals of Frank Ocean, Tame Impala, A$AP Rocky,… More »

By: Stereogum / September 19, 2013 - 10:07 am