Eschewing the all-encompassing all-star cast of his second album I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, Cancer For Cure focuses on what El-P’s always done best, rap like a muthafucker and make undeniable head-nodding boom-bap beat productions. The dystopian air is still there hanging around, shrouding the tracklisting in an industrial grey fog. Things are still not right and we wouldn’t have it any other way. But that doesn’t mean El is bringing the party down, he goes hard from the off with ‘Request Denied’ into ‘The Full Retard’ which is based on the Camu Tao vocal sample “You should pump this shit like they do in the future”, while ‘Drones Over BKLYN’ takes those beats to the next level. Camu, was a close friend and his death in 2008 led to the album’s existence (“the album process started out with a tragedy, and I ended up with a record about wanting to live.” )
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Posted on May 31st, 2012