clipping. return with new album, ‘There Existed an Addiction to Blood’

A bloodstained release just in time for the spooky season.

Los Angeles experimental hip hop trio clipping. have released their third studio album, There Existed an Addiction to Blood.

Over the course of the album, rapper Daveed Diggs tells a hyper-violent story of a post-apocalyptic world haunted by demons and ghosts. Backing his rhymes are William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, whose production was inspired by the scores of ’70s blaxploitation and horror films.

On “He Dead,” Diggs tackles racial profiling in bars that imagine cops as werewolves: “They always lookin’ for you, why the fuck they always lookin’ for you?… / They like they meat fresh, so just stay alive, young man, feet to the road again.” Avant garde artist Annea Lockwood closes the album out with “Piano Burning,” a track that literally captures—you guessed it—the sounds of crumbling piano keys and strings disintegrating into ashes.

clipping. previously dropped videos for album cuts “Blood of the Fang” and “La Mala Ordina,” featuring The Rita, El Camino and Benny the Butcher.

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