Mind Palace: The Zen Of Clams Casino
When Clams Casino -- civilian name Mike Volpe -- released his groundbreaking debut mixtape Instrumentals in 2011, he was months away from graduating from Essex County College with a degree to become a physical therapist’s assistant. He was 23 years old at the time, an intern at the hospital in which he was born. He was about to move out of his mom’s house in Nutley, New Jersey, located one hour west of Manhattan, and find a regular job.
Stream Clams Casino’s Debut Album “32 Levels”
After laying low for a couple years, but having stayed busy, New Jersey beatmaker Clams Casino is finally ready to share with the world his new body of work 32 Levels, which is now available on iTunes.
The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of June 2016
ICYMI: HNHH recently launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The 40-track playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all supa-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify (e.g. those recent ScHoolboy Q releases). Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop.
Clams Casino Shares "32 Levels" Artwork & Tracklist
Clams Casino first made his name through producing game-changing records for Lil B like "I'm God," before going on to work with the likes of ASAP Rocky, Mac Miller, Vince Staples. After releasing a number of instrumental projects, both for free and through Tri Angle Records, the New Jersey beatmaker is now finally releasing his official debut album, 32 Levels.
10 Essential Clams Casino Tracks
There is something wondrous about the music of Clams Casino. It's hard to believe that the he was once a physical therapist student making beats on the side for fun. Indeed, he does not think like ordinary producers. "To find things to sample, I used to just type a random word-- like "blue" or "cold"-- into LimeWire or BearShare and download the first 10 results," he told Pitchfork in a 2011 interview.
Clams Casino Announces New Album "32 Levels" & Reveals Release Date
Clams Casino released the first single from his long-awaited album today, "Blast," and along with it, we've got the release date and album title. The producer has been laying low for a few years now, but he's getting back to the grind with 32 Levels.
Review: A$AP Ferg's "Always Strive And Prosper"
There are three rappers who blew up in the early 2010s that I've always grouped together in my head, though they do hail from different corners of the country and are some of the most enigmatic artists currently working in hip hop. The categorization's based mostly on first impressions, which is unfair, but also on realizing that those impressions were wrong.
L$D: Psych-Rap Tunes To Trip To
Drugs and rap have been pretty synonymous since the 90s, but recently there's been an influx of rappers talkin' about harder drugs than the chronic. Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap tape was perhaps the most illicit example of an ongoing trend that's taking place amongst the newer artists.
Clams Casino Accuses Jhene Aiko Of Stealing His Beat On "B's & H's"
Jhené Aiko returned last month with a new single, "B's & H's," that was premiered on Soulection's show on Beats 1 radio.
A$AP Ferg Reveals Missy Elliott, ScHoolboy Q, Rick Ross & More Will Be On "Always Strive & Prosper"
Ferg had been off the map for most of this year, but he's recently come back into the spotlight in a big way.
Hottest Beats Of 2015
Drums are to a rap song what shoes are to an outfit. Even the flyest of threads are rendered whack if paired with white Asics. Conversely, a tuxedo T-shirt and basketball shorts has great potential, if paired with Griffey high tops. Rappers need producers to make their rhymes sizzle, their flow pulsate, their ad-libs pop. The best producers make nuanced beats that are easy on the ears. They make you want to become a rapper, so that you can participate in their beats' greatness. They make you want to dance, to love, to live.
A History Of ASAP Rocky X Clams Casino Collaborations
The hype for ASAP Rocky's second album continues to grow, but Flacko's been less forthcoming than most artists when it comes to details. We don't know any of ALLA's rap features, though we know it will feature R&B genre bender FKA Twigs and Swedish pop singer Lykke Li. We also know one of Rocky's main producers, Clams Casino, will be back--and, for now, that's enough to keep us going.
ASAP Rocky's Album Is Finished, Will Feature FKA Twigs & Clams Casino
ASAP Rocky was one of the biggest breakout rappers of the last few years, getting signed and releasing his debut album in an insanely short timeframe after first breaking through with "Purple Swag" and "Peso". His sophomore album has been cooking for a lot longer though, and fans have been eagerly awaiting any news on his follow-up to Long.Live.A$AP.
Underrated Audio: December 14- December 20
With Christmas approaching soon, everyone is getting into the holiday spirit-- rappers included. On this week's edition of Underrated Audio you'll find two themed tracks that are perfect for the holidays, as well as two other joints that you should feel free to bump any time of the year. As per usual, these are records that we think deserve another view or two. Give them a click and let us know what you think.
Underrated Audio: March 19- 25
Whatup, two upcoming emcees and two dope producers featured this week. Logic- Numbers