“I don’t follow trends; I barely follow friends.” –Otis Clapp
Coming from a borough dripping with deep-rooted hip-hop history, rapper Otis Clapp is just trying to carry on tradition. The emcee,, engineer, and producer–who’s shared stages names like Chris Rock, Action Bronson, J.Cole, Ab-Soul, Mac Miller, Diplo, and Skrillex–has just under two decades in the game, and two cohesive releases under his belt. His upcoming release Helen Keller is in the works, but to keep fans satisfied, he dropped a super dope rendition of a Wu-Tang classic, “CREAM,” alongside a B-Side, “Can It Be.” The dope factor–aside from Otis’ bars–is the actual instrumentation; these ain’t freestyles. The beats are completely remade with a live-instrumentation feel. After over 24k spins [collectively] on Facebook, he decided to treat fans with a visual treatment.
Otis Clapp is a dope find–and we can’t wait to get our hands on Helen Keller. In the meantime, dig around his catalog, and check his nod to the Wu below; happy Wu-Wednesday!