El-P - Cancer 4 Cure
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2012 Ratings: #24 / 944
Year End Rank: #36
User Score
Based on 179 ratings
2012 Ratings: #46
May 22, 2012 / Release Date
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Fat Possum / Label
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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.

MinatoArisato
65
While the flows and beats are solid and the production is on another level, I just can't seem to connect with Cancer 4 Cure. It feels dragged out and just not charming enough. It works really well on a technical level but something else to give it that edge is missing.

Best Track: For My Upstairs Neighbour
Worst Track: Works Every Time
74
El-P kicks my ass slightly lighter, but it's still a strong kick right there
CuckBoi5000
88
Although it's his worst solo, still fucking amazing
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
Claytastic
82
El-P is a ryhming and lyrical wizard, easily one of the most underrated in the rap game. How he nails that and does all of his own production (especially production this godly) is way beyond my knowledge. I love Run the Jewels, but I really hope that El-P does more solo work if they decide to disband because he is one of the industry’s biggest talents.

Fav Tracks: The Full Retard (standout), Drones Over Bklyn, Oh Hail No, True Story, For My Upstairs Neighbor, $4 Vic / FTL
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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