Friday, July 6, 2012
El-P Brings Critically Acclaimed Sounds To Bottom Lounge Tonight
A little over a decade ago, rapper/producer El-P delivered a solid, apocalyptic one-two punch in the form of his production duties on Cannibal Ox's debut album, The Cold Vein, and his debut solo album, Fantastic Damage. These albums introduced to anyone listening to the world of Definitive Jux, the New York indie hip hop label ran by El-P and home to uniquely talented artists such as Mr. Lif, RJD2, Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, Cage and S.A. Smash to name a small few. Throughout the aughts, Def Jux became the underground face of NYC hip hop just as Black Moon, Mobb Deep and Wu Tang Clan's sounds were plastered throughout the city through their tales of street life and inner city workings in the 90's. For awhile, Def Jux was unstoppable.
In 2010, the label, as we came to know and love, ended. While the label now carries on as a catalog label, its leader, El-P found a new home with Fat Possum and began a new phase in his career by returning to his roots of rapping and producing. This year, El-P produced and recorded a pair of albums that justly rival his initial Def Jux output. May saw the releases of R.A.P. Music by Killer Mike and produced by El-P as well as the release of the rapper/producer long awaited third album, Cancer4Cure, a week later. Within these two releases is the sound of man definitely at the top of his craft with very little signs of slowing down. With critical support of these albums already locking in slots for many best of 2012 lists, El-P on the road drawing fan support for the albums.
Tonight, El-P will be appearing at Bottom Lounge with Killer Mike and up and coming phenom Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire (hands down, greatest hip hop name ever) for what will be, undoubtedly, the best hip hop show in the city. Tickets are still available for this event and do yourself a huge favor by coming for this performance. Three heavyweights of hip hop on stage tonight at Bottom Lounge. Tickets are available here and while you're at it, pick up the new releases from each of the artist performing tonight. These are things you need to own.