(left to right) El-P, Bigg Jus and Mr. Len
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York City, United States|
|Years active||1993–2001, 2007, 2011, 2012|
Company Flow was an American underground hip hop group from Brooklyn, New York City at one time associated with the independent record label Rawkus Records. Rapper/producer El-P and DJ/producer Mr. Len founded the group in 1993 in Queens, New York where rapper/producer Bigg Jus later joined.
El-P had gone through a disastrous experience with a record label in an attempt at a solo deal, and founded the group after serving as an intern for an entertainment lawyer. The story is that El-p met Mr. Len At his 18th birthday party, Mr. Len, whom he had hired as a DJ for the night. The two quickly became friends and formed Company Flow in 1993. They released their first vinyl single, "Juvenile Techniques". After El-P was introduced to Big Juss by underground rapper and indie label owner ANTTEX, the trio then released Their follow-up, "8 Steps to Perfection" and then their debut EP, Funcrusher (Official Recordings),in(1996), All of which were underground hits. Subject to a major label bidding war on Libra Records, Company Flow waited until they could get a contract on their own terms. They eventually signed to Rawkus, and helped revitalize underground rap with labelmates like Mos Def. Their full-length debut album Funcrusher Plus, released in 1997 on Rawkus, is widely recognized as one of the most important and ground-breaking hip hop albums of the late 1990s. After two years of pushing the album and touring, group member Bigg Jus decided to strike out on his own and the group amicably dissolved. El-P and Mr. Len followed up their debut with the instrumental album Little Johnny from the Hospitul: Breaks & Instrumentals Vol.1 (Rawkus).
By 2000, the relationship with Rawkus had disintegrated. The label was accused of neglecting the group's talent and being financially dishonest. The staff was fired shortly before Christmas, and Company Flow announced their departure from Rawkus shortly thereafter. Separately, El-P and Mr. Len ended their own deals with Rawkus, effectively severing the relationship between the three and Rawkus. El-P has started his own record label (Definitive Jux) and pursued a solo career. Mr. Len has done the same with his (Dummy Smacks Records). Bigg Jus has released work on Big Dada and Mush Records.
Bigg Jus stated in 2006 that he was working on material for a new Company Flow album, suggesting the possibility of the group re-forming. Company Flow reunited for a show on October 19, 2007 in Brooklyn, New York City as well as a show on July 16, 2011, and supported Portishead at the inaugural British 'I'll Be Your Mirror' festival on July 23, 2011.
Albums and EPs
|Little Johnny from the Hospitul: Breaks & Instrumentals Vol.1
- "Juvenile Techniques" (1994)
- "8 Steps to Perfection" (1996)
- "Infokill" (1996)
- "Blind" (1997)
- "End to End Burners...Episode 1" (1998)
- "Patriotism" from Soundbombing 2 (1999)
- "D.P.A. (As Seen on TV)" (2000)
- Boulevard Connection - "Jonny Rookie Card" from Sut Min Pik (1998)
- 7 Notas 7 Colores - "NYC-BCN" from 77 (1999)
- Mike Ladd - "Bladerunners" from Welcome to the Afterfuture (1999)
- The Infesticons - "Night Time Theme" from Gun Hill Road (2000)
- DJ Krush - "Vision of Art" from Zen (2001)
- "Low Key" on Tags of the Times 3 (2001)
- Chris Ziegler (August 24, 2006). "Sleepers Awake! Bigg Jus and Nikola Tesla and the Lunar Hip-Hop Robot Camera". OC Weekly. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
- "Company Flow reunion show happening @ Santos w/ The Juggaknots!". BrooklynVegan.com. June 20, 2011. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
- "Portishead curate ATP's I'll Be Your Mirror in London". FACT Magazine. November 24, 2010. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
- Wes Woods II (April 23, 2012). "Company Flow gives what group says is last performance at Coachella festival". Daily Bulletin. Retrieved June 7, 2015.