El-P - Cancer 4 Cure

El-P - Cancer 4 Cure
CRITIC SCORE
83
Based on 25 reviews
2012 Rank: #19 / 818
USER SCORE
82
Based on
80 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club

Cancer For Cure is a triumph of imagination and intelligence in service of a pervasive sense of personal and political unease.

85
Pitchfork

The textures and tones are distinctly different from past releases, but it's unimaginable that it could be made by anyone else. 

85
The 405

Cancer 4 Cure grounds hip hop, taking it back to when it was seen as the new punk rock.

85
Beats Per Minute

This is a high point in his already illustrious career; a labyrinthine and ultramodern take on hip-hop that will likely age like a Cabernet.

80
musicOMH

Cancer For Cure is a dependably bold, powerful statement, perhaps not quite as masterful as its predecessors, but still overflowing with ideas and innovation.

80
Consequence of Sound

The roads in his mind are curling back onto themselves like a mobius strip and more than ever, most of the verses on Cancer 4 Cure are infinite loops, cannibalizing his own words over and over.

80
FACT Magazine

Tthe music is certainly some of El’s most engaging yet, and should possess real lasting power.

80
Drowned in Sound

For all its darkness, paranoia and rage, Cancer For Cure emerges as one of the year's most endlessly re-playable records.

72
Paste

Cancer For Cure is a shirked, claustrophobic, paranoid clutter of rhyming conspiracy theories.

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User Reviews
exception
86
fire. el-p has some strong lyrics and incredible beats. the features as well were nice, i was surprised when i heard danny brown come in and not when killer mike did. my only complaint is that there was usually about a minute or more of instrumental on most but not all tracks before el started rapping. just wish he had more verses. overall very well put together, produced and written.
best tracks: oh hail no, the full retard, the jig is up, $ vic/ftl
least fav tracks: works every time
Tom Simmons
90
Fav Tracks: The Full Retard, Drones Over BRKLYN, Tougher Colder Killer, Oh Hail No, Stay Down, True Story, The Jig Is Up, Request Denied, For My Upstairs Neighbor
75
What impressed me about him is.. he’s white! He’s not into Eminem but more into Beastie Boys in “Ill Communication” era. MCA is smiling in heaven listening to El-P.
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DETAILS

May 22, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fat Possum / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 34 - Beats Per Minute
# 3 - Cokemachineglow
# 25 - Consequence of Sound
# 14 - Exclaim!
# 36 - No Ripcord
# 35 - Obscure Sound
# 12 - Paste
# 26 - Pazz & Jop
# 45 - Pitchfork
# 35 - PopMatters
# 20 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 33 - Spinner
# 15 - Stereogum
# 12 - The 405
Track List
  1. Request Denied 
  2. The Full Retard 
  3. Works Every Time 
  4. Drones Over BKLYN
  5. Oh Hail No [ft. Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Danny Brown] 
  6. Tougher Colder Killer [ft. Killer Mike and Despot] 
  7. True Story 
  8. The Jig Is Up 
  9. Sign Here 
  10. For My Upstairs Neighbor (Mums the Word) 
  11. Stay Down [ft. Nick Diamonds] 
  12. $4 Vic/FTL (Me and You)
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Added on: March 9, 2012


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