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Fantastic Damage

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap; Lead Performer: El-P; Producer (group): Def Jux

Neither gangsta survivalist nor old-school revivalist, El-P is his own man: an urban-futurist producer and hard-spitting MC with an engorged heart and a high-speed chip on his shoulder. His solo debut amplifies the dystopian side of his former group, Company Flow, with dense, short-circuited beatscapes and raps that are rabid, literate, oblique, paranoid, political, sentimental, and as relentless as prime Public Enemy. Statement of purpose: ”This is for kids worried about the apocalypse.” Count me in.

Originally posted May 24 2002 — 12:00 AM EDT

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