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'Hamilton' star Daveed Diggs bolts from the 'popular to the fringe' with experimental hip-hop act Clipping.

'Hamilton' star Daveed Diggs bolts from the 'popular to the fringe' with experimental hip-hop act Clipping.

A man flees his home on a ship, hoping to escape the turbulent life of his youth. All around him, a culture of slavery stains the past and future. The man sets out for a barely charted new land, one with the promise of redemption but also the fear of the unknown.

That’s the plot behind two of Daveed Diggs’ recent music projects. One, of course, is “Hamilton,” the blockbuster hip-hop musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda that became a pop-cultural touchstone. In it, Diggs played both Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette, lending a Prince-worthy flourish to his roles. 

The other is “Splendor & Misery,” Diggs’ new...

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