Release Date: Oct 23, 2020
Record label: Sub Pop
Genre(s): Rap, Avant-Garde, Underground Rap, Noise, Left-Field Rap, Horror Rap
You all paid to watch, let's start the show. Why do we love horror movies? I'd guess the answer is different for everyone. I'm so easily scared I had to watch The Woman in Black through my fingers, but even then, I don't really think I was watching horror because it made me jump and squirm. I saw The Shining at a much earlier age, certainly too young, and even though I watched it with my full range of vision it left a much deeper impression on me.
The concept of horror is fascinating. Why do we enjoy being scared and what drives consumers to go back to the genre’s well of viscera? Oftentimes, the best horror is one that connects fantastical onscreen fears with legitimate societal ones. Audiences can draw a morbid catharsis from the depictions of our worst fears. Experimental hip-hop trio Clipping accomplished exactly that with its 2019 LP There Existed An Addiction to Blood.
"Death wasn't really the worst part," raps Daveed Diggs of clipping. at the start of Pain Everyday, a highlight on their bloody, horrific new album Visions of Bodies Being Burned. The LA hip-hop trio has always been fond of noisy beats, deadly flows from Diggs, and an impenetrable intensity. But their previous album, 2019's There Existed an Addiction to Blood, presented a change of pace as they ventured into the tone of 1970s classic thriller films and 1990s horrorcore rap music, emphasizing a goriness that was always under the surface.
There Existed an Addiction to Blood - released in October of last year - was no exception. A thrilling and brutish record, Clipping 's third full-length studio work obsessed over murder and monstrosity whilst gleefully invoking tropes of '80s slasher flicks and horror fiction. It's a shimmering, hallucinatory example of modern horrorcore but one that didn't seem to scratch the trio's festering itch.
Los Angeles trio clipping. always gravitated towards disturbing sounds for their unlikely mix of industrial noise and experimental rap, but when they dove deep into themes of horror and gore on 2019's There Existed an Addiction to Blood, the group's gruesome tendencies that had floated through various articulations seemed to lock perfectly into place. Taking inspiration from both early '90s horrorcore rap acts and the early '80s slasher movies that inspired those acts, clipping.
When clipping. released their last album 'There Existed an Addiction to Blood' in October 2019 the plan was to release it followed up in a few months. Sadly, this never happened due to the global pandemic. So, more or less, a year later Daveed Diggs, William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes have released its follow up.
Don’t look now - Clipping have returned with what might be their most intense album yet. They’ve taken all of their most powerful trademarks and pushed them to breaking point, and the result is nothing short of spectacular. Daveed Digg’s usual vocal acrobatic style is a little toned down here compared to previous releases (although ‘Something Underneath’ proves he still has it).
Do you like scary movies? clipping. likes them so much that while recording 2019's There Existed an Addiction to Blood, the group amassed enough songs to fill a second album. Built from the same blueprint of bristly noise and gory horrorcore rap, Visions of Bodies Being Burned continues where its ….
The new Clipping record got me thinking about Henry James's novella The Beast In The Jungle. It tells the story of John Marcher, a man who spends his life in anticipation of a single catastrophe that will wreck his life, an event he refers to as the "Beast in the Jungle". It's a story that simmers and ripples with paranoia and tension, as well as hinting at Marcher's comically conceited attitude.