Cancer 4 Cure
El-P - Cancer 4 Cure
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2012 Ratings: #16 / 928
Year End Rank: #42
User Score
Based on 136 ratings
2012 Ratings: #34
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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.

Jan 10, 2017*
Some of his beats here don't really wow me like that, and I think the hooks could use some work too. That being said, El-P as a rapper is as competent as ever here and I massively enjoyed his lyrics and technical rhyming skill all over this album as I do on any record he's a part of, so for that reason I enjoyed it. Also, I thought the album was a little too long, a very flawed project in my opinion but it definitely does have some gems that I do like to come back to, not bad.
Jan 4, 2017
His last two solo releases were near-perfect, and the production still is, however El-P's densely compact lyricism unravels a little bit toward the end.

Favorite tracks: Full Retard, Drones Over BKLYN, Oh Hail No, True Story, Stay Down, $4 Vic.

Least favorite track(s): For Your Neighbors Upstairs
Nov 6, 2016
cant get over these awkward hooks
Jun 14, 2016
Oh Hail No, is just brilliant. El-P has outdone himself here.
Aug 24, 2015
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
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)

Added on: March 9, 2012