We had the chance to catch up with Oceanside, CA native Clypto. He has worked with a wide array of the finest spitters the underground has to offer, combining many of them in his debut release The Loop. Bringing a combination of work ethic and talent, he always has something in the works. Catch up with him below.
RD: It doesn’t take many listens of your music to know you’re a soul man. Who are some of your go-to’s when you are just in listening mode?
C: When I’m just in listening mode it can be a wide range of artists. Anywhere from Blue Magic, The Moments and Even Some 80s Japanese city pop. I’ve been getting into a lot of 80’s city pop lately. Obscure 70’s rock is another one of my favorite genres.
RD: You have worked with a wide range of emcees, what qualities do you look for in a frequent collaborator?
C: A frequent collaborator has to have what I call The Total Package. They have to be diverse. If they can make street shit, but can also make a song about their mother or their kids that’s a huge plus for me. I feel a lot of rap nowadays is just one dimensional.
RD: Let’s get into your album from last year, The Loop. It features a murderer’s row of guests, how long did it take to complete the project front to back?
C: I think it took just under a year to complete. There was a little hiccup, but nothing major. I just wanted to make sure my vision for the album came through as much as possible. Supreme helped a lot with that. I also wanted to make sure everybody I had in mind for each track came through as well (which didn’t happen) but I did manage to see my vision come through regardless. A few artists I didn’t even plan on getting on joints came through in the clutch which was a huge blessing.
RD: This got a physical release later in the year, that had to be a rewarding feeling.
C: Oh definitely. I stalled on getting the CD’s pressed for the project so the CD’s dropped about a month after the digital release. Having the vinyl pressing was very rewarding, because I actually put that idea out into the universe saying ‘This album deserves to have a vinyl press”, and I’m thankful that the good people over at DeRapWinkel Records felt the same way.
RD: Is a project this scale something you’d have interest in doing again?
C: Most definitely. All in divine order. I don’t want to rush anything, but sonically it would have to measure up with The Loop.
RD: You have a strong chemistry with Supreme Cerebral, doing the Master Builders project together and him being on The Loop. Do you bring out the best in each other? Why do you think that is?
C: I honestly do think we bring out the best in each other. Preme is very versatile on the mic. He can rap on straight loops and hard boom bap joints. Everything I sent him for Master Builders, he bodied. He was a huge driving force behind The Loop as well. He got a lot of those features together for my project. I have an enormous amount of respect for him.
RD: I want to ask about a specific favorite of ours, Itchy Palms for JuneLyfe off his Mood Swings EP. Both of your placements on this were excellent, is there any extra insight you can give to that recording?
C: Yes. I was actually digging for records at Goodwill, and came up on a few good soul records. Usually it’s just rock and country on the shelves with a bunch of Christmas Records, but that day was something special. I took them home and found gold on almost every record, and the sample that eventually became Itchy Palms was just one out of the group. When I posted it on my Instagram page Junelyfe hit me in a direct message inquiring about it, so I sent it to him. He always amazes me when I hear what he does with my beats. It’s never anything I would expect, which is a good thing. He knows how to bring the best out of my beats as well.
RD: Would you consider yourself a goal-based person? If so, what do you aim to accomplish in 2020?
C: I do, to a certain extent. I just really want to make a stamp in the game. I really want to make albums with artists and less singles. I’m not against making singles and getting placements on albums, but my main goal is to produce as many albums for artists as I can. Creating the back drop, so to speak, for the whole project is what I love to do. For 2020, I’d really like to continue doing that. I got a few albums in the works already with Realio Sparkzwell and Ca$ablanca.
RD: If you could choose any 5 vocalists for your next project, who are you calling?
C: I wouldn’t be able to narrow down a Top 5, but I would like to get EVERYBODY that was a part of The Loop to be apart of my next compilation album. Everybody brought their A-Game with their contributions 100%.
RD: Any Shout outs?
C: I have to shout out the blogs too. In particular 7th Boro, Insomniac Magazine, and Weekly Rap Gods for their continued support.
Purchase The Loop here https://clypto.bandcamp.com