Behind every great rapper is likely a great instrumental producer. 23 year-old Michael Volpe is a New Jersey hip-hop producer that has been making beats for the likes of Lil B and Soulja Boy. Far from bombastic rap instrumentals, his work is blunted and space-filling, not the obvious choice for such showy rappers but therein lies the key to Clams Casino’s music. Once you hear Lil B over the top of ‘Oh My God’ it makes sense.
A few weeks ago Clams Casino released a free EP of instrumentals of his work that serve as a superb intro to his sound.
Download: Clams Casino – Motivation [Lil B]
As Clams told Pitchfork: “My beat “Realist Alive” samples the song ‘Hometown Glory’ by Adele– it’s not a weird source, but I just make it sound weird. 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. I had no idea who the artists were or anything.”
Download: Clams Casino – Realist Alive [Lil B]
Read a Village Voice interview with Volpe.