Clipping: What Daveed Diggs Did Next


Aidin Vaziri | When the members of the experimental Los Angeles rap trio Clipping started working on their latest album, “Splendor and Misery,” they had no idea that their frontman, Daveed Diggs, was about to get swept up by his side gig in a little Broadway musical called “Hamilton.”

Two years and an armload of awards later, including a Tony and Grammy for his portrayals of a dashing Marquis de Lafayette and dour Thomas Jefferson in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop opera, the Oakland native is once again a free agent and turning his attention back to the group.

That hasn’t necessarily made it any easier to get Diggs in the same room as his collaborators Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson, both of whom also work as theatrical composers and sound designers.

“That’s proving more and more difficult as time goes on,” says Snipes. “We’re still figuring out how to work with Daveed’s new schedule.”

In addition to picking up a role in the ABC sitcom “Black-ish” since leaving “Hamilton” in July, Diggs, a Berkeley High alum, was cast in the Julia Roberts film “Wonder,” Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix musical drama “The Get Down” and a guest role on “Sesame Street.”

And yet, despite their hectic schedules, Clipping plans to reconvene for two headlining shows as part of this year’s Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival, performing at the Starline Social Club in Oakland on Feb. 24 and the Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco on Feb. 25.

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