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)I'll Sleep When You're Dead2007
Cancer 4 Cure
Run the Jewels
(2013)Run the Jewels2013
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.


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]


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]
BBC (Very Favorable) [7]
The Boston Phoenix 2.5/4 stars [8]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars [9]
Los Angeles Times 4/4 stars [10]
musicOMH 4/5 stars[11]
Pitchfork Media (8.5/10) [12]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[13]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars[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." AllMusic reviewed the album giving it a score of 4 out of 5, stating "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 "Cancer for Cure 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."[8]

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

Track listing[edit]

Track Listing was confirmed by FatPossum.[16]

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



  1. ^ El Producto (September 21, 2009). "oh hi there". Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ Alexander Fruchter. "Interview El-P: Back In The Flow". Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  3. ^ "El-P: Cancer for Cure Album Review | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  4. ^ "Cancer4Cure - El-P". Metacritic. 2012-05-22. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  5. ^ a b David Jeffries. "Cancer4Cure El-P". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  6. ^ Eric Harvey (2012-05-22). "El-P Cancer For Cure". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  7. ^ Mike Diver (2012). "El-P Cancer4Cure Review". BBC Music. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  8. ^ a b Dan Weiss (2012-05-15). "El-P - Cancer For Cure". The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  9. ^ Greg Kot (2012-05-20). "Album review: El-P, 'Cancer 4 Cure'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  10. ^ Todd Martens. "Album review: El-P's 'Cancer 4 Cure'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  11. ^ Daniel Paton (2012-05-28). "El-P - Cancer For Cure". MusicOMH. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  12. ^ Jeff Weiss (2012-05-21). "El-P Cancer for Cure". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  13. ^ Will Hermes (2012-05-22). "El-P Cancer4Cure". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  14. ^ Brent A. "El-P Cancer 4 Cure". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  15. ^ "Stereogum's Top 50 Albums Of 2012". Stereogum. December 5, 2012. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  16. ^ "El-P "Cancer For Cure" Album Art / Tracklist". Fat Possum Records. 2012-04-06. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 

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