Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Cloud Rap, Unplugged: Clams Casino - Instrumentals 2 (from A$AP Rocky-XV)

When Instrumentals first dropped last year, it had that underlying "something great is going to happen" sort of feel and now a year later, on the heels of Instrumentals 2, something great HAS indeed happened! Even when just looking @ it's commercial reception, Instrumentals achieved leaps and bounds for an independent online release; The collection was eventually label-released and re-mastered. This homegrown success is essentially what allowed Clams Casino to make the type of high-profile beats that he's managed to create in recent months. Gaining dual acceptance into both mainstream/underground circles has allowed Mike Volpe [Clams] the chance to work with Lil B, Soulja Boy, Florence + The Machine, G-Side, The Jealous Guys, and Big K.R.I.T.

In fact, most of the instrumentals featured across Instrumentals 2 have been stripped down and re-purposed as vocal-less edits. These tracks previously housed either A$AP Rocky, The Weeknd, Lana del Rey, Squadda B, Washed Out, Mac Miller, or XV. Clams Casino has slowly niched out a unique genre for himself... making ridiculously "airy" Electronic-tinged Hip-Hop beats tailor-fit for weird/eccentric rappers; A style best displayed on A$AP Rocky's critically-acclaimed mixtape, LIVELOVEA$AP. Not to mention, Volpe basically spearheaded various BASED sounds to go along with Lil B #BASEDGOD's positive-thinking New Age Hip-Hop movement.

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