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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for the Los Angeles experimental rap trio features guest appearances from Ed Balloon, Benny The Butcher, Sarah Bernat, Counterfeit Madison, Elcamino, Robyn Hood, La Chat, and Pedestrian Deposit.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Oct 18, 2019
    86
    What makes the trio’s unique blend of noise and hip-hop so effective, however, isn’t any kind of obvious messaging, or an attempt at allegory. It’s that you don't have to read it in any particular way.
  2. Oct 17, 2019
    85
    Here, they’ve given their most focused project, all while exploring the darkest corners of humanity over envelope-pushing industrial production. With a carefully constructed chaos, Clipping. throw us into their torturous musical realm and boldly ask us to find the art in fear.
  3. 80
    With There Existed An Addiction To Blood, Clipping have artfully seized upon the viscera of the horrorcore genre, creating an album which is both disheartening and sonically intriguing. It is yet another successful experiment for the group and one of the eeriest examples of modern hip-hop to date.
  4. Oct 17, 2019
    80
    Daveed Diggs' rapid-fire verses are precise and unflinching, detailing gruesome scenes with pinpoint accuracy. Much of the album, particularly the interludes, is filled with field recordings, giving the sensation of being on the run and uncertain of one's fate.
  5. Oct 18, 2019
    80
    What Clipping have done on ‘There Existed An Addiction To Blood’ is show that hip-hop doesn’t need to keep to convention to be gripping and visceral; refusing to be placed in stasis for the sake of chart success, the group deserve all the plaudits that will come their way.
  6. Uncut
    Nov 14, 2019
    80
    Disturbing, but also enthralling. [Jan 2020, p.23]
  7. Oct 21, 2019
    45
    The point of horrorcore is to both piss off church moms and find a language and vehicle for rage and misery. But there is no aching, tortured self at the center of clipping., just three fanboys’ overworked hearts palpitating into the abyss. While you can’t deny the imagination, you also can’t fathom the point.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. Oct 19, 2019
    10
    This is my favourite album of the year. Every aspect of this album impresses me so much. It's so dark, has incredibly hard instrumentals, andThis is my favourite album of the year. Every aspect of this album impresses me so much. It's so dark, has incredibly hard instrumentals, and awesome overarching storytelling. It hasn't been out very long but I've listened to it at least 10 times. I think of it being like if Joyner Lucas had great storytelling ability, an artistic vision, and had producers that could execute on it. It's been a while since I've been blown away by an album this much. Expand
  2. Oct 23, 2019
    9
    Exactly what rjbree said above or bellow regarding Pitchfork. Nothing Is Safe, the title track, Blood of the Fang (not to intentionally selectExactly what rjbree said above or bellow regarding Pitchfork. Nothing Is Safe, the title track, Blood of the Fang (not to intentionally select all the songs dropped early; but they chose perfection) and more...you listen to Daveed’s delivery and the Reznor worthy soundscapes of industrialhopbassewhocares coalesce and don’t recognize what’s happening? It sounds like the d-bag was too concerned about them fitting into a subgenre box. Don’t you dare disrespect the horrorcore by including some sharp sociological viewpoints. I have loved many a tortured artist over the years; you gave them a 45 for being 1) too content with life and thus ‘faking it’ 2) having zero concern for what pitchfork thinks. Expand
  3. Oct 21, 2019
    8
    Real tired of Pitchfork's condescending gibberish. Piano Burning is a tough sell, but the rest is quite impressive.