Fantastic Damage

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Fantastic Damage
Studio album by El-P
Released May 14, 2002
Recorded 2001-2002
Genre Alternative hip hop, underground hip hop
Length 70:18
Label Definitive Jux
Producer El-P
El-P chronology
El-P Presents Cannibal Oxtrumentals
Fantastic Damage
High Water
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Dusted Magazine (favorable)[2]
Entertainment Weekly (A)[3]
Pitchfork Media (8.9/10)[4]
PopMatters (favorable)[5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[6]
Stylus Magazine (A)[7]
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5 stars[8]

Fantastic Damage is the first proper full-length solo album by New York rapper and producer El-P, released on his own Definitive Jux label on May 14, 2002. The tracks "Fantastic Damage", "Deep Space 9mm", and "The Nang, the Front, the Bush and the Shit" were featured in the El-P-scored graffiti film Bomb the System. An instrumental version of the album, Fandam Plus: Instrumentals, Remixes, Lyrics & Video, was released on 1 October 2002. This double disc release included all the instrumentals of Fantastic Damage on its first disc and three remixes, the Fantastic Damage lyrics, and video footage on its second disc.


Rhapsody ranked the album #8 on its "Hip-Hop’s Best Albums of the Decade" list [9] and included it on its list of "The 10 Best Albums By White Rappers".[10] "Dark, cavernous and confrontational, Fantastic Damage is more concerned with being respected than it is liked, which makes it the perfect soundtrack for a post-9/11 U.S. Throughout, El-P's jaded rhymes are oblique and delivered in halting rhythms, while the album's lo-fi, electro-infused production is simply jarring. A landmark indie release." Pitchfork Media ranked the album as the 11th best of 2002.[11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Fantastic Damage"   El-P 3:22
2. "Squeegee Man Shooting"   El-P 4:24
3. "Deep Space 9mm"   El-P 3:47
4. "Tuned Mass Damper"   El-P 4:05
5. "Dead Disnee"   El-P 3:53
6. "Delorean" (featuring Aesop Rock and Ill Bill) El-P 5:33
7. "Truancy"   El-P 5:04
8. "The Nang, The Front, The Bush And The Shit"   El-P 5:37
9. "Accidents Don't Happen" (featuring Cage and Camu Tao) El-P 4:50
10. "Stepfather Factory"   El-P 4:11
11. "T.O.J."   El-P 4:32
12. "Dr. Hellno And The Praying Mantus" (featuring Vast Aire) El-P 4:39
13. "Lazerfaces' Warning"   El-P 4:36
14. "Innocent Leader"   El-P 2:21
15. "Constellation Funk"   El-P 4:58
16. "Blood" (featuring Mr. Lif And C-Rayz Walz) El-P 4:26


  • Artwork: Dan Ezra Lang
  • Art direction: Dan Ezra Lang, El-P
  • Mixing: Nasa, El-P
  • Engineering: Nasa, El-P


Charts (2002)[12] Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 198
U.S. Top Heatseekers 9
U.S. Independent Albums 14
U.S. Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 82


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