AOTY 2019
El-P - Cancer 4 Cure
Critic Score
Based on 30 reviews
2012 Ratings: #28 / 955
Year End Rank: #37
User Score
Based on 236 ratings
2012 Ratings: #58
May 22, 2012 / Release Date
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Fat Possum / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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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.

MasterCrackfox
84
MC/Producer extraordinaire El-P pieces together perhaps his most accessible project on Cancer 4 Cure, with his beats still taking on a traditional underground style but adopting far more electronic and synth elements that give this a real spacey feel. Everything El-P does seems to be ahead of its time and fresh, and it solidifies him as one of the most dedicated and interesting producers in hip-hop perhaps of all time. His rap flow and lyricism are also far ahead of many of his contemporaries, ... read more
TheBravesDH
85
Never forget that both Jaime and Mike released 2012 albums that were superior to the first RTJ project.
74
El-P kicks my ass slightly lighter, but it's still a strong kick right there
HIVE
78
the features are incredible
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
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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