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Fantastic Damage

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Fantastic Damage
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Squeege Man Shooting
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Deep Space 9MM
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Tuned Mass Damper
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Dead Disnee
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Delorean feat. Aesop Rock
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Truancy
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The Nang, The Front, The Bush And The Shit
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Accidents Don't Happen
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Stepfather Factory
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T.O.J.
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Dr. Hell No and The Praying Mantus
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Lazerface's Warning
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Innocent Leader
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Constellation Funk
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Blood feat. Mr. Lif
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Total Tracks: 16   Total Length: 70:18

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Jess Harvell

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04.22.11
El-P, Fantastic Damage
2002 | Label: Definitive Jux / The Orchard

After virtually inventing everything good and bad about indie hip-hop in the mid-'90s with his crew Company Flow, El-P went solo and founded the Def Jux label in 2001. Like his production work on the incredible 2001 debut from Cannibal Ox, his 2002 solo album Fantastic Damage takes beats from the mid-period hip-hop he grew up on and covers them with slime, mottles them with rust and builds a clanking steam-punk music more menacing… read more »

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Essential Listening

exurgencySpectacularrr

No matter what your musical tastes or interests, if you aspire to broaden your musical horizons, then this album is an absolute must-listen, in league with the finest albums of hip-hop, jazz, and other such challenging genres. (Not coincidentally, El-P has a killer collaboration with NYC jazz geniuses of the Blue Series Continuum.) Completely concur with other reviewers -- this album was an instant classic of indie hip-hop, and one that only gets better with repeat listening (particularly since early listens are likely to be terrifying and mentally exhausting). The stand-out track among an album of gems: \"Stepfather Factory\". This track (and the entire album) is the \"Bladerunner\" of rap. El-P pwns the mic. Huzzah, beotches!!!

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hip hop fans

NJbrilla

check out DUNCE-SONGS FOR SHADOWS

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Huge album

geoffowen23

The album is huge and people will still be talking about it 10-20 years from now. It took me a long time to 'get it' but when the penny dropped I kept coming back for more. You can't digest El-P's work on a few listens. It's not instant, it's not catchy and you certainly can't get a good idea of it from 30 second clips. This is music to invest your time and attention into and you'll be rewarded. With every listen you catch a new killer line that you'd not heard before or you'll notice something awesome in the beats. This is not for everyone and I can see why people don't like El-P's music but for me this is a great and important album.

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1st El-P

bohlbrecht

The first I ever heard of El-P was on Del's Both Sides of The Brain on a song called Off Spring, from around 2000. Been a fan ever since. Very impressed with his individual stlye and flow. This is the beat and the rap at its best. All out with no apologies. This album is one of my favorites and no collection is complete without this album. You will not regret owning this!!!

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Unreal

limp27

can't say much more than the last 2 posts. this is just brilliant!! being an aussie the good underground stuff is quite hard for me to find, but when you get something like this it just makes it so much sweeter. this isn't for the faint of heart it has the most out there feel i heard. its not just an album more like a jouney!!!

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Underground

zersh

Main stream Hip-Hop/Rap just got lower, and I didn't think that could happen. EL-P raises the bar of the Underground. There are a lot of things happening inside the music and the lyrics just work the listener into eternal bliss, that keeps me coming back for more. The remix disc is not as good as the original. Radio stations that play the main stream crud and the fools listening to it are missing out on this goodness.

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Complex Hip-Hop....

JGCSOUND

"Fantastic Damage" is one complex listen!! EL-P's first solo LP is exacty what the titled album entails, Upon first listen it is rendered unlistenable(damaged,if you will). Slowly let this album wash over you until your mind is trained to comprehend its complex rhythms. Once you get it, you will not be enabled to rip your ears from this wall of sound you have finally pierced and ripped a hole through. Soon the crave will set in and "Stepfather Factory" will be your new favorite song with it's heart wrenching story sprinkled with sacrcasm."Deep Space 9MM" at 200 BPM will spin you into oblivion and "Dolorean" will take you back in time to when motherfuckers couold rock!

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Of all the boundary-pushing underground hip-hop acts who emerged in the late ’90s, Company Flow was easily among the hardest and least compromising, spinning highly technical rhymes over buzzing, lo-fi beats with virtually no concessions to melody or polish. It comes as no surprise that onetime Company Flow leader El-P’s solo debut, Fantastic Damage, takes a similar approach — yet it’s a logical and distinct progression from the sound that made Company Flow such seminal figures in underground rap. Fantastic Damage is even more aggressive and confrontational in its approach, and this time out, El-P himself is solely responsible for the sonic backdrop, producing the entire record by himself. If the production sounds a little fuller than Company Flow’s essential Funcrusher Plus, it’s likely because in many places, El-P has fleshed out his scuzzy, banging, stop-start percussion tracks with abrasive, distorted noise, which sounds like nothing so much as the furies unleashed. There are also plenty of tinny, blooping vintage synths that lend the music a cold, inhuman air — and that’s no doubt intentional, because Fantastic Damage paints a chilling portrait of contemporary society that’s so bleak it often crosses into the apocalyptic. The music makes El-P’s paranoid totalitarian nightmares totally convincing, not just because of its sheer wallop, but also in the subtler details that emerge with repeated listens — the bizarre sound snippets and ghostly washes that seem to teeter on the edge of madness. Throughout the record, El-P proves he’s one of the most technically gifted MCs of his time, spitting out near-impossible phrases and rhythmic variations that simply leave the listener’s head spinning. Accessible it isn’t, but Fantastic Damage constitutes some of the most challenging, lyrically dense hip-hop around, assembled by one of the genre’s true independent mavericks. – Steve Huey

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