Tech, Power

Oftentimes, artists can be extremely controlling of their music as a package, wanting to have a say in everything from ideation to visual design to video production to release. For Los Angeles's clipping. that isn't necessarily the case, and their work gains whole new dimensions through their collaboration.

clipping. is the brainchild of Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes, working together to create a new facet of traditional hip hop and rap, using influences of noise and electronic to create a bold and sometimes terrifying sound.

Overlaid on the clamorous and dynamic production of Snipes and Hutson, Diggs’ bars are deeply complex, dealing with American racial history and the legacy of the Black American body politic. In the early 10s when the group was just getting their footing creating music as a trio, they were often forced to create the visual components responsible for conveying all that depth. Everything from merch to videos. And they did a tremendous job of making a visual brand that fans could identify and connect to.

Part of that was the album cover art and props for music videos that were created through the collaboration of sculptor, fabricator and filmmaker Cristina Bercovitz, and Bill Hutson. Among other unexpected materials, some are made with human teeth, or rusted nails arranged meticulously in an examination of order and decay. Additionally, Bercovitz made both the AK-47 with the replica human organs inside of it that the band dissects in the Blood of the Fang video, and the gummy version of the same prop that Diggs takes a large bite from in the end of this video. Poetic and gruesome might serve as an appropriate motto for Bercovitz and the band. As time went on and the group gained more acclaim and a record deal from Sub Pop Records, they expanded their work to include a larger team of filmmakers including Sarah Prinz.
Statement by Omar El-Sabrout

A conversation with:


Daveed Diggs
Jonathan Snipes
William Hutson