Fantastic Damage

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Fantastic Damage
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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
DJX027
Producer El-P
El-P chronology
El-P Presents Cannibal Oxtrumentals
(2002)
Fantastic Damage
(2002)
High Water
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A[2]
NME 8/10[3]
Pitchfork Media 8.9/10[4]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[5]
Spin 9/10[6]
Sputnikmusic 5/5[7]
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5[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.

Accolades[edit]

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]

All tracks are produced by El-P

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

Personnel[edit]

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

Charts[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Fantastic Damage – El-P". AllMusic. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ Hermes, Will (May 24, 2002). "Fantastic Damage". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  3. ^ "El-P: Fantastic Damage". NME: 30. May 25, 2002. 
  4. ^ Chennault, Sam (June 18, 2002). "El-P: Fantastic Damage". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  5. ^ McGuire, Kathryn (June 20, 2002). "El-P: Fantastic Damage". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on August 7, 2008. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  6. ^ Ryan, Chris (July 2002). "Under Dawgs". Spin 18 (7): 111. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  7. ^ Youssef, Sobhi (January 12, 2009). "El-P – Fantastic Damage". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  8. ^ "El-P". Tiny Mix Tapes. Archived from the original on June 4, 2009. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Hip-Hop’s Best Albums of the Decade" Retrieved 12 January 2010. Archived January 8, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ The 10 Best Albums By White Rappers Referenced 26 July 2010 Archived June 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Top 50 Albums of 2002 (page 4)" Retrieved 26 April 2010.
  12. ^ allmusic ((( Fantastic Damage > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums ))). Allmusic. Accessed May 22, 2008.

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