This debut solo release from El-P brings a lot of memories, and it also shows me how much El’s production is similar, but much more evolved and sharper with newer work like Run the Jewels. The vibe from Company Flow’s Funcrusher Plus and Cannibal Ox’s The Cold Vein feel close, with the unique characteristics El layers in to the tracks on Side 1B, with my pick being Dead Disnee. So much to enjoy here for those who appreciate more eclectic production and vicious bars.
This is especially interesting because El-P sat (virtually) with fellow MC and producer Open Mike Eagle for the second season of What Had Happened Was on Stony Island’s podcast network and has been discussing his career. It’s very interesting and worth your time: OPEN MIKE EAGLE — PODCAST