It’s strange Brooklyn based hiphop producer/mc/label owner El-P is still being introduced as a former Company Flow member (see what i did there). Agreed 97′s Funcrusher was a groundbreaking album and a jumpstart into his own underground hiphop movement, but I personally think that the man accomplished more throughout his solo career. I remember calling him a revolutionary beat smith on my 2007 favorite albums list. As progressive I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead was then, the more Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 remains his familiar territory, unlike former mixxxes.
Anything El Producto related is worth noting, the man is a great MC, but he must have some uncontrollable itch to produce left-brained dark haunted vibes (Collecting The Kid, High Water) and I believe that that’s where his true power lies, in his production. There’s none other that sounds even remotely like him. He knows what works and how to create dense, cerebral and most important a constantly troubled tension. This “Donuts” minded , referred to by himself as a ‘proper’ album, is no less than 45 minutes of constant headbanger space, typical dark El atmosphere and even part nostalgia here.