El-P – Everything Must Go


Everything Must Go Download
from Everything Must Go 12″ (2006, Definitive Jux)

Producer, MC, label founder, A&R maverick and underground icon, NYC-native El-P has been a major force in independent music for more than a decade. Setting off his career at age 17 with the release of the first ever Company Flow 12-inch “Juvenile Techniques”, he’s been blazing trails ever since, introducing some of the most cutting-edge and important hip-hop music of this era. As founder, producer and main MC of indie heros Company Flow, El-P quickly made a name for himself with fearlessly visionary production, profound lyricism and an uncompromising ethic. The group’s seminal 1997 debut album Funcrusher Plus, was an underground smash (100,000+ units sold), celebrated by fans and journalists worldwide, earning the “classic” status now widely accorded it, and a major factor in the rise of indie hip-hop. In the process, it put the now legendary Rawkus Records on the music map, a label El-P would soon choose to depart from, shocking nearly everyone around him. But the man had a plan…

Launching Definitive Jux in 2000, El-P finally had the vehicle to carry his vision forward. He’s spent the past 5 years building what is now the pre-eminent indie hip hop label in the business, having given rise to some of genre’s brightest lights, including Aesop Rock, Mr. Lif, Rjd2 and Cannibal Ox. His own debut album, the tour de force Fantastic Damage, was released in 2002 to a maelstrom of worldwide critical-acclaim, going on to become one of the year’s best-selling indie hip hop albums. Since then, El Producto has had his hands full, producing, co-producing, executive producing and A&R’ing several projects including the Def Jux debut of underground hero Cage, Mr. Lif, Murs, C-Rayz Walz, and The Perceptionists. Recently he’s remixed tracks for Nine Inch Nails, The Mars Volta, Charlie Parker, Blackalicious, Hot Hot Heat and Beans, traded verses with Ghostface Killah on his own soon-to-be classic remix of Prefuse 73’s “Hideyaface.” He also appeared on Handsome Boy Modeling School’s White People album, alongside Chino of the Deftones and is currently working on a remix for The Doors. The list of musicians who count themselves as El-P fans is not a short one and includes the likes of RZA, Trent Reznor, Radiohead, Gangstarr, The Beastie Boys, Elvis Costello, Chuck D., Roni Size, Cat Power, Yo La Tengo, Autechre, DJ Shadow, Alec Empire, Primal Scream and Cornershop. In 2004, El-P produced the lauded alt-jazz album High Water (Thirsty Ear) with free jazz lions Matthew Shipp, William Parker and Daniel Carter; scored the acclaimed feature film Bomb the System (Palm Pictures) and compiled assorted remixes, b-sides and special tracks for his own Collecting the Kid full length, giving the world a sneak peek at his much anticipated side-project, Central Services. El-P’s music regularly licensed for feature films, video games and television. He will be touring the world next year in support of his new album, due in Spring 2006.

  1. Kan Kick is definitely one of my favorite producers. I can truthfully say I like him more than Mad Lib. Dope beats.

  2. ^^How did that happen?? ^^

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