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Shelter-in-place measures, compounded by a resurgent drive for racial social-economic equality, has taken a taxing toll on most creatives. I’ve found a few peers who have stepped up to bat in regards to the racial issues, and a smaller handful who have taken on our lifestyle adjustments directly, but to my recollection thus far, Click-Clack is one of the first to take both on with equal measure. On Thankful, his collaboration with producer Brokeboishy, Click-Clack takes a six-song journey that covers isolation, bigotry and prejudice, systematic oppression, questionable social behaviors and much more with clever and insightful examination. Over the past ten days or so, his refrain of ‘partner, could you pardon me?’ has been stuck in my head something serious. Click-Clack has proven his consistency over the years, so it shouldn’t even be a question whether or not you check this one out and support it.
Need a nice compilation of Austin artists? Perhaps one the length of a triple album, covering multiple genres, with both new and old artists from the Austin scene? Look no further than Slack Capital 3 : Slacking From Home Edition. The lineup of talent on this bad boy is massive and impressive : Spoon, The Teeta, Calliope Musicals, Sailor Poon, Click-Clack, Magna Carda, Hikes, Botany and many more all contribute. All proceeds go to the Austin Justice Coalition, so if you feel like rewarding your ears and your soul at the same time, grabbing this compilation seems like a no-brainer.
I try my best to keep an eye on what my creative peers are doing, especially when they step outside of what they’re traditionally known for, and I always enjoy it when I see someone start to carve a second or third path for themselves. Click-Clack has been talented since the day I met him, but over the years I’ve gotten to see aspects of his personality shine that I respect deeply. As a native Austinite like myself, I know that he cares deeply about the scene and how it’s both represented and presented to the public at large, and it’s brought the influencer vibes out of him in the form of strongly curated and frequently updated playlists, complete with customized artistic thumbnails. For Austin Rap Current, the roster of Austin-based talent is deep and diverse, including a handful of folks who have received recent shine on this blog. Check out the playlist, give it a follow, and keep an eye out for other playlists that Click-Clack curates.
When I first met Click-Clack, he was a machine with the beats and the rhymes… it was almost as if he was trying to have physical output in quantities that matched the fever pitch of ideas going on in his head. Over the years, however, I’ve seen a shift from trying to harvest every idea into gold into taking the best of the best and morphing multiple ideas into impressively strong material. The rapid nature of releases may have slowed down, but it really has just brought him closer to what us regular guys can manage to put together and release. That being said, when he hit me up with a copy of Songs I Don’t Hate, it was instantly apparent that he’s hitting a happy medium between quality and his old creative nature, and as song after song rolled by, I could hear the maturity, immediacy and confidence from every lyric and beat. Click-Clack has somehow managed to find a comfortable existence between today’s vibey, free-flowing music and the late-90’s, gold-school era of hip-hop where being unique was king and if your weapon wasn’t the sharpest in the war you were fading away. This is must-listen material, for real, so find it on your favorite streaming service or digital storefront and get to it, and share it around so others can do the same.
At its core, hip-hop is nothing if it’s not cyclical. A strange dance occurs in this genre/culture where we seem to be both influencing and reflecting on what’s popular, what we moved past, and what’s coming back around. I say that to say this… when I first got to know Click-Clack, he was a raw MC with infinite talent in search of a sound that he could call his own. Over the years, he has attempted (and successfully nailed) a few different sounds, but on Sequence, it appears that Click-Clack may be going back to some of the things that (seemingly) inspired him to start rhyming, especially over the OTESLA production that makes up the EP. All of the cleverness, pride, self-reflection, humor and swagger we’ve come to expect from Click-Clack is here, but the production elevates it to a different level reminiscent of the ‘true-school’ era of hip-hop that helped catapult it into the lofty position it has held for the past two decades or so. Long story short, Sequence is that raw hip-hop shit that us lovers of the music seek, so definitely give it a listen, leave a comment or two on your favorite tracks, and share it around on your favorite streaming service so others can do the same.
Click-Clack and Swish Fifty have been building a strong working relationship over the past couple of years via a few Click-Clack releases and their affiliation with Ballteam, but Negars marks what (I believe) is their first consistent collaboration as a duo. With Swish handling production duties and both members on lyrical duty, this self-titled EP comes out in attack mode and doesn’t let up for its 5 track duration. The beats all hit hard, the braggadocios, humorous lyrical wordplay is present from both sides, and the cover art is instantly classic. In a summer full of dopeness, this already sits near the top of the list. Check it out and spread it around!
I’m all for this movement of producers I know taking shots at remixing songs by popular artists. The latest of these to hit my radar is Lil’ Uzi Vert‘s Rich Forever Leak, a high energy and braggadocios lyrical onslaught that White Jamal laced with an equally high energy, drum heavy track. The earworm that’s really sticking in my head is the melodic vocal sample that White Jamal loops through the majority of the verse… it’s so hypnotic that you find yourself giving it equal time with the punchlines that Uzi is blessing us with throughout. I’m definitely putting this one in the mix, as I can already see it being well received by those on the listening end of my DJ sets. Check it out yourself, share it around, and stay tuned to White Jamal‘s Soundcloud for more production-based releases.
From the moment I first heard Bulletwound, I knew Click-Clack had style for days. Over the years, he’s managed to prove me right by consistently reshaping and evolving his sound, especially when it comes to collaborating with other producers. That’s why it shouldn’t be any surprise that Speeding hits so hard… producer ICYTWAT serves up a killer of an instrumental, and Click-Clack drops a couple of different styles intermingled together to drive us through the track. While it would’ve been cool to get a longer song, I’m happy with this banger being a the quick fix that it is. Definitely share it around, give it a like and a comment, and stay connected to what your local creatives are doing.
One of my favorite things to do as someone with a modicum of a voice in the Austin hip-hop culture is to share other creators that I find high caliber and inspiring. Doing this through mixes has always been a favorite way to do so, but it’s been a while since I dedicated time to doing so. With so many talented acts from or based in Austin, it’s impossible to get them all in one sweep, so Escapism : Southern Comfort reaches for the vibey side of things… all of my peers are substance-based, but these are acts that I consider high style as well. Direct peers like Riders Against the Storm (RAS), Cory Kendrix, anom, PNTHN, MC Homeless and Chris Conde, wallaby and bobbes, Ddotelles, Click-Clack and more get shine alongside established acts with Texas roots like BROCKHAMPTON and Travis Scott. I’m happy with this one, and hopefully folks dig it enough to spread it around!