"It's clipping., bitch," snarls Daveed Diggs three and a half minutes into clipping.'s new live short film. The other two thirds of clipping., producers William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, respond with a few moments of distorted sound as Diggs' breathing percolates into the mic. This part of the film is nearly identical to the opening moments of the noise-hip-hop outfit's EP, Midcity, that debuted in February, wherein Diggs' assertive declaration gives way to layers of din. In the new nearly twenty-five minute long film, director Patrick Kennelly showcases clipping.'s ability to seamlessly intertwine abrasive noisemaking and Diggs' effortlessly flowing rhymes, all through a sheen of visible static and jumpy cuts. Kennelly is also successful in capturing the aesthetic of clipping.'s jarring beats. The film is reminiscent of Midcity's swirling album art: swirling and chaotic, yet contained. And like the album art, the black and white film speaks to the dual nature of the music, a simple and effective combination of noise and rhymes.
You can grab Midcity on clipping.'s Bandcamp.