Splendor & Misery

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Splendor & Misery
Clipping. - Splendor & Misery.jpg
Studio album by Clipping
Released September 9, 2016 (2016-09-09)
Genre Experimental hip hop
Length 37:02
Label Sub Pop, Deathbomb Arc
Producer William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
Clipping chronology
Splendor & Misery
Singles from Splendor & Misery
  1. "Baby Don't Sleep"
    Released: July 26, 2016
  2. "Air 'Em Out"
    Released: August 23, 2016
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]

Splendor & Misery is the second studio album by experimental hip hop group Clipping, released on September 9, 2016. The music video for "Baby Don't Sleep" was released on July 26, 2016.[5] The second single and music video "Air 'Em Out" was released on August 24, 2016.[6]

The album, with a mix of futuristic and classical instrumentation, tells the story of an enslaved person, referred to as Cargo #2331, in the future in outer space. It is an example of afrofuturism. Some of the songs also feature guest vocals from gospel group Take 6. The album was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 76% based on 11 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

PopMatters named it the 4th best hip hop album of 2016,[8] while Stereogum named it the 40th best rap album of 2016.[9]

The album was nominated for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form, the second time ever for a music album following 1970's Blows Against the Empire by Paul Kantner and Jefferson Starship.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Clipping.

Face A
1."Long Way Away (Intro)"1:05
2."The Breach"0:56
3."All Black"6:15
4."Interlude 01 (Freestyle)"1:35
5."Wake Up"2:05
6."Long Way Away"1:30
7."Interlude 02 (Numbers)"1:04
8."True Believer"3:44
Face B
1."Long Way Away (Instrumental)"0:51
2."Air 'Em Out"3:50
3."Interlude 03 (Freestyle)"1:09
4."Break the Glass"2:21
5."Story 5"3:04
6."Baby Don't Sleep"3:07
7."A Better Place"4:26
Total length:37:02



Chart Peak
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[10] 2
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[11] 16


  1. ^ a b "Reviews for Splendor & Misery by Clipping". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  2. ^ Simpson, Paul. "Splendor & Misery – clipping". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  3. ^ Butler, Will (2016-09-07). "Clipping – Splendor & Misery". Clash. Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  4. ^ Jayasuriya, Mehan. "clipping.: Splendor & Misery Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  5. ^ Pearce, Sheldon (2016-07-26). "clipping. Announce New Album, Share 'Baby Don't Sleep' Video: Watch", Pitchfork. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  6. ^ Sub Pop Records, "Clipping. – Air 'Em Out (OFFICIAL VIDEO)", YouTube, August 23, 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  7. ^ a b "2017 Hugo Awards", The Hugo Awards, April 04, 2017. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  8. ^ "The Best Hip-Hop of 2016 (3/3)". PopMatters. 2016-12-19. Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  9. ^ "The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2016". Stereogum. 2016-12-07. Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  10. ^ "clipping. – Chart history – Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  11. ^ "clipping. – Chart history – Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-05-29. 

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