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El-P: Cancer 4 CureCancer 4 Cure (2012)
Fat Possum Records
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: Dante3000Dante3000
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El-P is many things: an entrepreneur, a label head, and a producer but on his own releases he's primarily known as a rapper. This is why it's so remarkable that his latest album, Cancer 4 Cure, not only sets the tone, but tells you everything you need to know about the album in the first two minutes.
El-P is many things: an entrepreneur, a label head, and a producer but on his own releases he's primarily known as a rapper. This is why it's so remarkable that his latest album, Cancer 4 Cure, not only sets the tone, but tells you everything you need to know about the album in the first two minutes and 50 seconds. Until that point, album opener "Request Denied" sounds as if it were building momentum for a Tron Lightcycle race. Suddenly at 2:47, the enter floor drops out and is replaced with a single, repetitive beat. Not a beat, a pounding. Not pounding, like on a wall, like footsteps. Footsteps of something very large and very ominous coming for you and whatever it is, it's just out of sight and that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. All this happens before El-P even takes his first inhale on the mic, and before he even begins berating you with his rapid fire assault you know what this is. This is the 800 pound gorilla that's coming for you and while you can't explain why it's after you, it's probably all of humanity's fault.
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