Cancer 4 Cure

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Cancer 4 Cure
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Studio album by El-P
Released May 22, 2012 (2012-05-22)
Recorded 2009[1]-2012
Genre Hip hop, rap alternative hip hop, experimental hip hop
Length 49:05
Label Fat Possum Records
Producer El-P, Nick Diamonds, Little Shalimar, Wilder Zoby
El-P chronology
I'll Sleep When You're Dead
(2007)
Cancer 4 Cure
(2012)
Run the Jewels
(2013)
Singles from Cancer 4 Cure
  1. "The Full Retard"
    Released: April 24, 2012

Cancer 4 Cure is the third full-length studio album by El-P, released on Fat Possum Records on May 22, 2012.

Background[edit]

El-P has stated that "I think that I’m trying to create an idea or illustrate a thought pattern, just because there’s darkness that I see and think about, it doesn’t mean I’ve given into it. I think the record is ultimately about not giving into it. For the most part I’m struggling with that darkness throughout the record. When I say it’s about wanting to live, I just say that because that’s how I feel. When you get hit with death, sometimes as horrible as it is, one of the things that can come out of it is a reaffirmation of how much you don’t want to go, and I think that’s what happened with me."[2]

The album is dedicated to Camu Tao.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 84/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[5]
The A.V. Club A[6]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[7]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[8]
Los Angeles Times 4/4 stars[9]
Mojo 4/5 stars[10]
Pitchfork 8.5/10[11]
Q 4/5 stars[12]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[13]
Spin 7/10[14]

At Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received a score of 84, based on 39 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[4] AllMusic stated, "Cancer4Cure is about hip-hop like Glengarry Glen Ross was about sales, but these great works transcend their industries, offering solace and inspiration to anyone who would prefer a satisfied mind over a Cadillac Eldorado, or in current terms, an Escalade."[5]

In contrast, The Boston Phoenix stated that the album "is definitely not El-P's Age of Apocalypse; in fact it's the only El-P production that sounds like it's been made on planet Earth, following hip-hop rules that someone else already defined."[15]

The album was listed 15th on Stereogum's list of top 50 albums of 2012.[16]

Track listing[edit]

Track Listing was confirmed by FatPossum.[17]

No. Title Length
1. "Request Denied" 4:32
2. "The Full Retard" 3:39
3. "Works Every Time" (featuring Paul Banks) 3:35
4. "Drones Over Bklyn" 5:49
5. "Oh Hail No" (featuring Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire & Danny Brown) 3:41
6. "Tougher Colder Killer" (featuring Killer Mike & Despot) 3:39
7. "True Story" 3:14
8. "The Jig Is Up" 3:18
9. "Sign Here" 2:51
10. "For My Upstairs Neighbor (Mums the Word)" 3:15
11. "Stay Down" (featuring Nick Diamonds) 3:10
12. "$4 Vic/Nothing but You+Me (FTL)" 8:23
Total length: 49:05

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ El Producto (September 21, 2009). "oh hi there". Cancer4cure.blogspot.com. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ Alexander Fruchter. "Interview El-P: Back In The Flow". rubyhornet.com. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  3. ^ "El-P: Cancer for Cure Album Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  4. ^ a b "Cancer4Cure by El-P". Metacritic. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Cancer4Cure – El-P". AllMusic. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ Harvey, Eric (May 22, 2012). "El-P: Cancer For Cure". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ Kot, Greg (May 20, 2012). "Album review: El-P, 'Cancer 4 Cure'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  8. ^ MacInnes, Paul (May 24, 2012). "El-P: Cancer for Cure – review". The Guardian. Retrieved April 21, 2018. 
  9. ^ Martens, Todd (May 21, 2012). "Album review: El-P's 'Cancer 4 Cure'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  10. ^ "El-P: Cancer 4 Cure". Mojo (224): 92. July 2012. 
  11. ^ Weiss, Jeff (May 21, 2012). "El-P: Cancer for Cure". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  12. ^ "El-P: Cancer 4 Cure". Q (312): 98. July 2012. 
  13. ^ Hermes, Will (May 22, 2012). "Cancer4Cure". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  14. ^ Reeves, Mosi (May 16, 2012). "El-P, 'Cancer for Cure' (Fat Possum)". Spin. Retrieved April 21, 2018. 
  15. ^ Dan Weiss (2012-05-15). "El-P - Cancer For Cure". The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  16. ^ "Stereogum's Top 50 Albums Of 2012". Stereogum. December 5, 2012. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  17. ^ "El-P "Cancer For Cure" Album Art / Tracklist". Fat Possum Records. 2012-04-06. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 

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