Fantastic Damage 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… Fantastic Damage 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… El-P Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Fantastic Damage (2014)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Lead Performance: El-P; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

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 Published in issue #655 May 24, 2002 Order article reprints
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