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!
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Click-Clack, as anyone who follows this blog knows, is an artist that I respect on both a creative and a personal level. His drive and skill level are inspirational, and his natural talent and charisma are undeniable. Like all artists (myself included), however, we deal with the soul-crushing valleys just as wholeheartedly as we do with the soul-lifting peaks that come with being an artist. For a while, it seemed like Click-Clack was considering a hiatus, if not a full retirement, from the creative side of things, with the occasional single drop or livestream snippet of work serving as both a bittersweet teaser and a signal for hope of new material to come. Most of us in the peer group knew he was working on new music, and whatever it was would more than likely be dope, but honestly, I was not prepared for the jump in skill level that is Blue Eyed Black Boy. Produced almost entirely by Ballteam, with a beat by Drae Da Skimask being the outlier, the project serves as the perfect canvas for Click-Clack to not only go off on a plethora of styles, but get extremely personal and reflective with the bars as well. Add in to the mixture a pitch-perfect cover illustration, in terms of tone, by @ultrashook, and we’ve got a strong contender for an Album of the Year situation here. Songs like Lyor, Talmbout, Push To Start and Wager are certified bangers, but there really isn’t a dull or slow moment on this album in all honesty. Usually, I give a suggestion to support, but in this case, I’d say you’d be dumb not to support work of this quality and caliber, so get on it!
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Tagged @ultrashook, austin, ballteam, blue eyed black boy, chief, click-clack, drae da skimask, hip hop, the doomsday device
When the homie Click-Clack throws out a recommendation, I listen. Austin has such a deep well of talented creators, and it’s hard to keep track of all of them, so you’ve gotta use the names you trust as a gateway source for more quality material. With one listen of BORn.88‘s understated banger Late Bloomer, it’s easy to see why Click-Clack sings his praises. BORn.88 uses familiar sounds for his production, but the way he lets his tracks breathe is very refreshing. It also provides the perfect foundation for reflective lyrics infused with just the right amount of auto-tune to sound more like an instrument than a performer looking for clout via his on-record performance. This one is definitely going into the personal rotation, and some of these tracks may find their way into my future mixes. Check this one out for certain, give your favorite track a like, drop some comments, and be sure to share it around so that everyone can benefit from these good tunes.
On a national scale, the music scene may be anticipating Pusha T‘s Surgical Summer, but Ballteam and Click-Clack are looking to turn the Austin hip-hop scene into Ballteam Season for the summer. The collective keeps dropping banger after banger at a breakneck pace, the latest being Skranger Things. The song is infectious as hell, with it’s synthesizer loop-based and 808 heavy track (the synthesizer I’m sure was an influence on the track name). Click-Clack part raps, part sings his way through a persistent statement of letting the girl at the focus of the song know that he can make whatever she wants happen more so than other guys can, but she has to make it known. Props on the Lucas artwork for the cover. You know the drill… share this around so that the numbers on the track can reflect the dopeness.
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Tagged austin, ballteam, ballteam season, chief, click-clack, lucas, skranger things, stranger things, surgical summer, the doomsday device
You can’t sleep on Click-Clack. That being said, I have dropped the ball just a bit in terms of keeping folks up to date with what he’s been doing, but trust… Click-Clack and Ballteam have been putting in major work while building up to the next batch of releases. Click-Clack‘s confidence has been growing astronomically the last couple of years, and he’s really come into his own in terms of building the culture and legacy that will surround his sound and his bars. Much of that swag is on full display for Jarden, and that beat goes hard, making it a double-down on the dopeness. I’m still a firm believer that, with the right exposure, Click-Clack could have his time to shine on a larger scale… if you believe the same thing, support by liking, commenting , sharing and all that.
Once again, you gotta give it up for Click-Clack… ever since he and his collaborative team of producers unleashed their Ballteam branding, the already stellar music has taken an even higher jump in terms of quality and heart. Pretty Please is an abstract, open-hearted testimonial of a track set to a beat that will get your body moving. Click-Clack has been running the singles game for a couple of years now… I’m definitely ready to see what he has in store for upcoming albums, and where (if) some of these singles will find eventual placement.