Ten years after America’s abysmal failure to mesh rap and rock at the turn of the millennium, it seems that the cultures of hip-hop and indie rock have been finding surprising and tasteful ways to intersect. Examples abound — from the superficial (fashion) to the more substantive (cross-genre collaborations).
One such example of this trend can be found in the beat making of New Jersey native Mike Volpe. Better known by stage name, Clams Casino, Volpe builds tracks that nod to the chillwave craze of 2010 and could almost pass as experimental downtempo electronic dance music or trip hop if not for the fact that his tunes are often found supporting verses by the likes of Bay Area rappers Lil B and Squadda B, as well as the pretty muthah fucka himself, A$AP Rocky.
Clammy Clams has just released his second mixtape, appropriately titled Instrumental Mixtape 2. The free collection features instrumentals for tracks such as Lil B’s “I’m God” and Squadda B’s “Kissing on my Syrup,” in addition to beats he created for A$AP, psych-R&B group The Weeknd, and a remix of Lana Del Rey.
The best thing about this mixtape — and all of Clams’ work, for that matter — is that the instrumentals really stand up on their own. You won’t have to be an aspiring MC to appreciate this collection of tracks. Even if you don’t use them to freestyle over in the car or after a few drinks at a house party, they are still very enjoyable, chill tunes. So what are you waiting for? Click the above link and get your lean on.