On the Song Exploder podcast, host Hrishikesh Hirway talks to musicians who take apart their songs and, piece by piece, tell the stories of how they were made. Listen below.

Clipping is a trio made up of rapper Daveed Diggs and producers William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes. You might be familiar with Diggs’ voice from his roles as Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical Hamilton. But in Clipping, the whole band takes on different roles, playing with various themes and genres within hip-hop. In this episode, the three of them break down how they made their song “Work Work,” featuring guest vocals from rapper Cocc Pistol Cree. Diggs discusses all of the rap tropes he cited in his lyrics, and producers Hutson and Snipes talk about building the beat using unconventional items like beer cans.


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Watch the music video for “Work Work”:

Cocc Pistol Cree ft. DJ Mustard — “Lady Killa”
Jay Z — “99 Problems”
Digital Underground — “Freaks of the Industry”

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Song Exploder: Rap Trio Clipping Proves a Beer Can Works as an Instrument