“[Cancer 4 Cure] sheds the bullshit of the past and is stained with the weary residue of an incalculable number of cigarettes, weed deliveries, bodega runs, and blind turns” – PITCHFORK
To cap off a year of career highlights, including producing a pair of the years most critically heralded albums (his own and Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music), playing festivals like Coachella and it’s sister cruise ship festival, and collaborating with a diverse litany of artists like Gucci Mane, Slaughterhouse, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, and Danny Brown, El-P re-contextualizes Cancer 4 Cure by releasing the instrumentals alone on October 23rd via Fat Possum. The sonic canvases that served as backdrops for assertive lyrics about Brooklyn, confusion, and personal strife take on new life as standalone compositions, and inevitable fodder for the mixtape recycling plant. Cancer 4 Cure’s synthesizers and forward-looking arrangements meet bruising low-end and sonic references to Bomb Squad-era B-sides for a timeless sound that’s intricate details are made even more evident when absorbed without verses.
After wrapping a European tour and playing live dates throughout the summer, El will support the instrumental release by bringing his 4-pieceband to both the Halifax Pop Explosion on October 17th and Moog Fest on October 26th in Ashville, North Carolina.