Mar 012024
clipping tipsy

Back in 2020, we listed the Save Stereogum album, a compilation of 55 artists covering songs from the ’00s, as the 21st best covers album of the year. The compilation featured an eclectic lineup, including experimental rap trio clipping. doing a noise-driven clipping. cover of J-Kwon’s club hit “Tipsy.” This week clipping. gave the song an official 7″ release on Sub Pop and have added it to streaming services.

clipping. have been around since 2009 but they’ve grown their fanbase thanks to rapper Daveed Diggs’ prominent role in Hamilton. Fans of that performance might be slightly jarred by the soundscapes created by Diggs’ partners William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, but fans of noise-rap (or listeners with an open mind) will be delighted by the feedback-heavy production combined with Diggs’ precision wordplay and delivery.

The J-Kwon track here is paid due homage, both through the chorus and the use of the countdown starting each verse, but Diggs uses the song as a springboard for his own lyrics. Thematically, Diggs sticks to the storyline of the club, alcohol, sex, and violence, but as he’s known to do, he describes a scene with an additional layer of danger and darkness to it. The beat here is punctuated by static, beeps, and distortion of all kinds that solidify the griminess of this track. If you’re looking for a feel good hit to play in the club or at a party, this isn’t going to replace the J-Kwon original unless you are trying to get yourself a lot of quizzical looks. But if you want to hear a song that’s in that gray area between uncomfortable and catchy, this cover, like a lot of clipping. offerings, has you covered.