El-P - Cancer 4 Cure
Critic Score
Based on 33 reviews
2012 Ratings: #40 / 1093
Year End Rank: #36
User Score
Based on 348 ratings
2012 Ratings: #53
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A.V. Club

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


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

The 405

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

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.


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

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.

FACT Magazine

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

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.


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


If i would’ve reviewed this a couple of years ago, i probably would’ve given it a score of around 90. It wore of me quite a bit, for some reason it can’t hold my attention, the same way it used to anymore. At some points of the project the instrumentals feel very dated, not nearly as impactful as they should be. I still love a lot of the tracks on here and I don’t dislike any of them. It’s just that a lot of them lost their charm on me. I’d say this is still ... read more


Oop, I found the last one!
El-P remains lyrically fresh, but the production isn't up to par with some of his other work, and doesn't have me in love on every listen. Nonetheless, Cancer 4 Cure is a very enjoyable hip hop record, and shouldn't be skipped over when talking about El-P's career. Really good stuff.


This album doesn't always hit, it suffers from consistency issues. But when it does hit? Oh, sweet baby Moses, it hits like a truck. Request Denied is such a fulfilling build to El-P's verse, filled to the brim with various electronic sounds that guide you through the song. It goes well into The Full Retard, which is an unstoppable force of obnoxious, braggadocio energy, in the beat, the sample, and the rhyming. Works Every Time fails to hold up, but Drones Over BKLYN is such a satisfying song, ... read more


El-P shows he's still got it in 2012 and I show that I am 10 years late in 2022




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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