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El-P & Killer Mike – “Banana Clipper” (Preview)

El-P produced two of last year's best rap albums: His own Cancer For Cure and Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music. El and Mike are good friends and frequent collaborators, so the team-up didn't end there. They've now formed a duo called Run The Jewels, and they're working on an album together, one both of them have… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 9, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Watch Killer Mike And El-P On Letterman

Killer Mike has always been an absolute animal of a live rapper, and he's usually done it with a minimal mic-plus-DJ setup. Last night on the Late Show With David Letterman, though, a full live band, including hook-singer Scar and Mike's buddy El-P on button-mashing duty, turned up to help turn the R.A.P. Music track… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 19, 2013 - 8:57 am

A-Trak – “Piss Test Remix” Video (Feat. Juicy J, Jim Jones, Flatbush Zombies, El-P & Flosstradamus)

In assembling the remix for his awesomely ignorant Juicy J/Danny Brown drug-rap throwdown "Piss Test," dance-rap baron A-Trak recruited a deep, wide, and fascinating lineup of collaborators. In director Shomi Patwary's new video for the remix, almost all of them show up, looking blitzed out of their minds on one substance or another, while the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2013 - 11:29 am

2012 In Review: The Year In Comebacks

"Don't call it a comeback" is usually a phrase uttered self-protectively by musicians who are very much coming back from some degree of obscurity. Dr. Dre wasn't exactly absent during the seven-year stretch between his first and second albums ("California Love," anybody?), but his 1999 sophomore release 2001 is littered with lines like "Ladies pay… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 31, 2012 - 11:55 am

S.S. Coachella Jamaica Diary & Photos

The S.S. Coachella sailed from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Jamaica and back between 12/19 and 12/23, along the way featuring performances from Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, and many more. Andrew Youssef was on hand to document the cruise for Stereogum. His diary is below. Check out his photos in the gallery.More »

By: Andrew Youssef / December 26, 2012 - 3:15 pm

A-Trak – “Piss Test” Remix (Feat. Juicy J, Jim Jones, Flatbush Zombies, El-P & Flostradamus)

Earlier this year, A-Trak released his single "Piss Test," a dance-inflected drug-rap banger that featured Danny Brown and Juicy J. And now, on the Fool's Gold compilation Loosies, A-Trak gives us the remix. It keeps Juicy J's hook intact, gives the best a tense and squelching workover from production duo Flosstradamus, and adds verse from… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 12, 2012 - 4:34 pm

Stepson (El-P & Nick Diamonds) – “Movie Tit”

El-P and Islands' Nick Diamonds are no stranger to collaboration -- most recently, see "Stay Down" from El's excellent Cancer For Cure, or that screengrab above from their joint stop by Letterman's place -- though this is the first listen from their dedicated joint-venture Stepson. "See you in a movie" is a fine and fair… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 30, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Cannibal Ox Announce Reunion Show

The one proper album released by Cannibal Ox -- 2001's The Cold Vein -- stands as one of the best hip-hop albums of the aughts, and maybe the best album ever released on El-P's Definitive Jux label. (I'd put it at No. 2 after El-Producto's own I'll Sleep When You're Dead, and mention too that… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 12, 2012 - 2:02 pm

Ill Bill – “Severed Heads Of State” (Feat. El-P)

Early next year, Ill Bill, late of the paranoiac Brooklyn rap crew Non Phixion, will release a new album with the dumb-amazing title The Grimy Awards. The album's list of guests is wide enough to include fellow veteran backpack-rap head-knockers like Jedi Mind Tricks and Cormega, as well as relatively unlikely contributors like A-Trak and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 30, 2012 - 3:58 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Virtually the entire music-blogging universe (except me) is at CMJ right now, so you'll have to forgive the indie music universe for neglecting to drop too many videos in the past seven days. I always think it's funny how things come to a near-complete stop for the assumption that most music writers and publicists are… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 19, 2012 - 10:38 am

El-P – “Stay Down” Video

"Stay Down" is the awesomely discordant Nick Diamonds collab from El-P's great recent album Cancer For Cure. Diamonds isn't in the song's video, but TV On The Radio's Jaleel Bunton steps in, playing Diamonds as some sort of celestial rock god who sends crowds into riotous fits. Those same crowds, it happens, aren't as happy… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 15, 2012 - 2:09 pm

Nardwuar Interviews El-P

Once again, Nardwuar continues his improbable but ridiculously fun run of giving densely prepared nerd-out interviews with rappers. His latest target: El-P, who meets Nardwuar backstage at his Vancouver show with Killer Mike. Mike himself gets in a cameo, and we learn the following things: El-P (if his hat is any indication) has made the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 24, 2012 - 5:05 pm

Slaughterhouse – “Hammer Dance (El-P Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

As rap supergroup Slaughterhouse -- Joe Budden, Crooked I, Joell Ortiz and Royce da 5'9'' -- pres their second studio album for late summer release, here's a remix of their recent single "Hammer Dance" put together by El-P. He turns it into a raucous, scratch-laden partystarter, conjuring the maximalist feel of late '80s/early '90s ra… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 12, 2012 - 1:28 pm

El-P On File-Sharing And The Artist-Audience Relationship

On 4/26, almost a month before the official release date of his new album, Cancer 4 Cure, El-P posted the following message on his Facebook wall: elephant in the room: i know a lot of yall already got the album. im ok with that. if you enjoy it and can afford to support me doing… More »

By: Kenny Herzog / July 3, 2012 - 11:47 am

Watch El-P & Zola Jesus Do Conan

El-P is a man who knows how to seize his moment. So when he rolled through Conan last night to promote his album of the year contender Cancer For Cure, he didn't just bark out a song with a couple of hypemen beside him. Instead, he performed with a gloriously be-hoodied Zola Jesus, an full… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 28, 2012 - 9:06 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This week for videos just fucking absolutely ruled, so before we get into what made this list, let's take a moment for all the videos that missed the cut. Among the casualties: Two eye-grabbing clips for A-list indie anthems, a mind-warping and visually sumptuous CocoRosie clip, a great bare-bones performance video, a legitimately funny minute-longMore »

By: Tom Breihan / June 8, 2012 - 12:21 pm

Killer Mike – “Big Beast” Video (Feat. T.I., Bun B & Trouble) (NSFW)

Well, this morning just got significantly more awesome. "Big Beast," the ridiculously badass all-star first single from Killer Mike's excellent El-P-produced new album R.A.P. Music, has a nine-minute new video, and holy shit is it ever awesome. The clip features a Steven Seagal-style foiled convenience-store robbery, an entrail feast, an old-school car chase, Troma-esque gore,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 7, 2012 - 11:04 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Last week, we skipped this list so that we could run our list of the 25 best videos of the year thus far. So I'll just take a moment to point out that last week's list, if we'd done it, definitely would've included SoKo's "We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow and" Blood Orange's "I'm SorryMore »

By: Tom Breihan / June 1, 2012 - 12:59 pm

El-P – “The Full Retard” Video (NSFW)

In the video for "The Full Retard," the intensely banging first single from El-P's excellent new Cancer For Cure album, El and a ratty squirrel puppet go on a ridiculous sex-and-drugs-and-random-assaults spree. The video manages to be simultaneously pretty funny and fucking disturbing, which feels like an impressive feat. Timothy Saccenti directs. Watch it and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 30, 2012 - 12:59 pm

Album Of The Week: El-P Cancer For Cure

Once upon a time, I hated Company Flow. Their music sounded like rap as rigid noise-attack, all funless bellowing and construction-site clang. El-P's solo yammer "Patriotism" was the one track I always skipped on the great Rawkus compilations Soundbombing II. Whenever his voice showed up on the underground rap albums I loved, like Atmosphere's LucyMore »

By: Tom Breihan / May 22, 2012 - 1:15 pm