“I’m God” is a hip-hop instrumental by New Jersey producer Clams Casino. Released originally as part of Lil B’s 2009 project 6 Kiss, it would garner significant attention online after its release on Clams Casino’s second self-released instrumentals mixtape. In 2020, the instrumental would be officially released on digital storefronts and streaming services. The song has become a cult hit among mourners online after the song became associated with two suicides, one confirmed and one rumored.
“I’m God” was produced by Michael Volpe, better known by his stage name Clams Casino, and given to Lil B to be a part of his first studio album 6 Kiss, released on December 22nd, 2009 (music video shown below, left). Utilizing cut-up vocals sampled from Imogen Heap’s 2005 song “Just for Now” (shown below, right), it was later released for free by Clams Casino on June 4th, 2012 as a part of his second instrumentals mixtape, which comprised of instrumentals and productions for other artists, following an unofficial release in 2011.
“I’m God” with— Clams Casino (clammyclams) April 24, 2020
imogenheapstreaming everywhere now! Part of a collection called INSTRUMENTAL RELICS which is some of my favorite instrumentals, many of which have been previously unavailable to stream. 🌩️🌩️🌩️ https://t.co/DntSrASoGj pic.twitter.com/fOcMTYsrMU
On October 26th, 2014, 17 year-old William Derrick Watts of Hamtramck, Michigan committed suicide by jumping off the MacArthur Bridge in Detroit. In the weeks prior to his suicide, he posted a number of pictures with captions that would allude to his final actions on his Instagram @djkillbill313, including a reference to the song (shown below).
“The comments section of one fan-made video for “I’m God” became a place to mourn lost loved ones. Uploaded by AceDaCreator to YouTube a few months after the song’s release, it’s a montage of scenes from an obscure 1989 French made-for-television film, Perdue Dans New York. […] Scroll through the comments section and it’s a graveyard of memories: YouTube users come to the video to remember their lost ones or to mark the anniversary of a loved one’s death.”