[Audio] clipping. ft. Cocc Pistol Cree – “Work Work”

Clipping, Los Angeles rappers

The formal definition of “clipping” (usually with respect to audio waveforms) calls it a form of distortion that occurs when an amplifier is overdriven and tries to deliver a signal that is way beyond its maximum capability. Enter Los Angeles noise/experimental/rap trio CLIPPING. Just one listen to their brilliant 2013 album “midcity” will show you how analogous their ethos and style are to the waveform distortions of the formal definition. Over a landscape of twisted, high-frequency samples of power electronics and distorted, enveloped drums, Daveed Diggs comes through with a rapid and catchy double-time flow.

It’s 2014 and we are a few months from another clipping. album (titled “clppng”). The new single, “Work Work”, while retaining the core elements that defined their music so far, also expands on its syncretic and contradictory nature, with clean and shiny synth pieces that are reminiscent of early 2000s crunk. Lyrically, Diggs and Cocc Pistol Cree are both on point; the amazing flows go really well with the glitchy xylophone-like percussion. Listen to/watch the lyric video below.