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2012 album from the independent Rap icon. Cancer For Cure marks his first full length rap album since 2007's critically acclaimed I'll Sleep When Your Dead. The album takes another huge leap forward from the production work of his 2010 instrumental album. Weareallgoingtoburninhellmeggamixxx with a bombastic collision of synths, bottomless bass tones, live instrumentation, ear-worming melody, and tightly coiled drum patterns, setting the standard for hip hop production higher than ever. The obvious diversion from the previous album is the presence of EL-P's ever-developing vocal style, continuing to raise the bar on his already highly verbose flow that swiftly and muscularly navigates a rapid fire explosion of syllabic conundrums and quick-witted elocutions full of heart, purpose, style, and grit. Rounded out by feature appearances by a host of high profile guests including Killer Mike, Danny Brown, Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, Paul Banks, and more this will easily be one of the year's most talked about albums.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 22, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: May 22, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Possum
  • ASIN: B007R3BERQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,606 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Among my friends, the appreciation for EL-P's work seems to be arranged in the reverse order of his release dates, with Funcrusher Plus on top and (not including this one) ISWYD on bottom. However, I always resented that dichotomy, because I thought Funcrusher was symptomatic of merging the late 90's era of dark/serious lyrical rap with doses of the comedic "ignorant rap" that was able to thrive prior to 1995 (IE: The Afros, Arsonists, early Gravediggaz, Boogiemonsters, Pharcyde, and anyone else rapping about sudo-fantasy scenarios with tons of skits and goofy voices and stuff). I basically felt that Fantastic Damage improved on the Co Flow aesthetic, and that ISWYD improved on the Fan Dam formula without changing it. Well, this time I sort of agree with my friends, at least in the sense that I cannot easily place Cancer 4 Cure above his previous solo albums. Please note, that in no way do I consider this a sub-par album, because I am a huge EL-P fan and I think his work still stands head-and-shoulders above any of the surviving artists from the school of lyrical rap (that should be redundant, but unfortunately rap is no longer focused on quality or quantity of lyrics). I wish I could say he is at the forefront of the re-emergence of lyrical rap, but despite the re-emergence part being true, he is not at the forefront of it (as of right now), except in my mind because I think EL-P, Black Thought, Aesop Rock, Busdriver (arguably in a genre of his own), and Del the Funky Homosapien are the most skilled lyricists who remained active throughout the rise and fall of the lyrical (formerly known as "East Coast") style of rap.

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El-P takes it to another level with this album. After over two decades he's on top of his game and easily out does his past couple releases. Newcomers can appreciate this just as well as longtime fans. Likewise, you don't even have to be a fan of hip hop to appreciate what's bought to the table here. For those not familiar, El-P produces all his own beats, and despite the complex lyricism and delivery he pairs with them, his strength (in my opinion) is his production. His work here doesn't miss a step and is on the edge of an entirely unique sound. Also, the guest appearances add just the right amount of variation. Any way you cut it this is a top notch release from a legendary artist, you can't go wrong.
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Well, I happily stumbled upon El-P a few years ago, and my first listen to him was off the album "i'll sleep when you're dead" which is a masterpiece. If you try to find any artist who sonically or production-wise even comes close to El-P's style... please let me know. I've attempted to find similar artists to his sound and production for the last few years and still have not managed. With this said, I have a hard time listening to anything that isn't El-P because his style is stands alone on it's own...

Cancer 4 Cure is the 'zenith' of El-P's work in terms of sound, quality, and maturity. I hesitate to call this the zenith because one may very well say that Cannibal Ox's 'Cold Vein' would have been the last time you would have heard of El-P. Where "Fantastic Damage" loses for it's sound quality, it immediately gains in creativity and depth. This remains one of my favorite albums of all-time of any artist. "I'll Sleep When You're Dead" is another album that the time and quality it was created is noticable. Don't get me wrong, this is me being a critic and the only thing I even remotely dislike about either album is the actual sound quality, or the low volume of El's voice. In Cancer 4 Cure, we finally have an album in the last four years, where recording has jumped by lengths and bounds in terms of quality and El's work reflects this. Every song is clean, the rapping loud, educational, and poetic. The drums beat, and the bass absolutely bangs. Check out Killer Mike's album "R.A.P. Music" as well and don't forget El's instrumental albums, as well as the Company Flow albums "Little Johnny From the Hospitul" and "Funcrusher Plus". El-P is on another level.... always.
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This is my 2nd trying to review this album. I did one off my phone last night and I didn't see it post. I'm gonna take my time again to post something because I guess alot of people haven't checked this out yet. Basically what I was trying to say is, I ran across Cannibal Ox a few months ago.. Yes in 2012 and I was blown away by that album. So much so that I've been digging in the crates for anything Def Jux has produced and I have been thoroughly impressed. Better late then never. So my anticipation of this album, as well as Killer Mike's album has been real high. I've read alot of rave reviews on the Killer Mike/El-P R.A.P. Muisc album. And it definitely deserves that. IMO a five mic instant classic if I ever heard one. But not really as has been said about this album which is just as good if not better. Actually I kind of been playing this one more. The beats are incredible and anybody who is a fan knows that, but his MC skills are great. I like his flow and his persona on the mic. I'm really feeling this album. I grew up on hip-hop and it's not what it use to be at all. So I don't throw 5's around, but I'm giving this one a 5 and it's so impressive that El-P produced solely the 2 best albums of the year so far. One request I love to hear a Danny Brown produced El-P album. That would be doper than dope. Can't Wait til next month at the H.O.B. El-P, Killer Mike, Exquire, Despot Concert. I'm in there like swimwear. Don't hesitate buy this album and enjoy. It's worth every penny.
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