EL-P+ DESPOT

We’re teaming up with leftfield hip hop purveyors Fantastic Damage to bring  NYC underground hip-hop legend EL-P, aka El-Producto, to Birmingham on Saturday 15th September. Here’s what they had to say about it…

This guy is essentially the whole reason we started Fantastic Damage in the first place (in fact, our name is taken from his 2002 album). Consistently one of hip-hop’s most adventurous and unique pioneers, combining a lo-fi old-school aesthetic with a progressive rock musician’s inclination to push boundaries, pursuing his own decidedly non-commercial direction.

The man behind the majority of Fan Dam’s most played albums… be it with his late 90s highly influential and uncompromising crew Company Flow, his unforgettable production on Cannibal Ox‘s 2001 recordThe Cold Vein (simultaneously one of the most listenable and challenging albums that decade), or his solo critically-lauded solo ventures ‘Fantastic Damage’ & I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead. El-P was also the founder of well-respected independent hip hop label Definitive Jux (previously home to Camu Tao, Cage, Mr. Lif etc).

Recent excursions have included an appearance on Das Racist‘s debut, a hugely buzzed Adult Swim single ‘Drones Over BKLYN’, a verse (which made Stereogum’s top 10 guest verses of the year) on one of the year’s biggest online hits, Mr Muthafuckin’ eXquire’s ‘The Last Huzzah’, and production for the whole of Killer Mike‘s ‘R.A.P. Music’. Add to all of this the release of El-P’s long-awaiting new solo album, ‘Cancer For Cure’, which has chalked up universal acclaim already.

Check out the video for his latest single ‘The Full Retard’:


Joining EL-P will be fellow New York-native DESPOT

Despot has rapped acclaimed verses on releases by Das Racist and Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, performed in front of crowds of all sizes and musical tastes, and made enough money to purchase a diamond-encrusted ring shaped like the Forest Hills, Queens apartment building on 108th Street in which he spent his childhood.

He’s managed all this without yet releasing an album of his own.
The erstwhile Alec Reinstein, who approximated that he has been rapping for 17 years, is planning to release his debut album, entirely produced by electro-pop duo Ratatat, early next year.

Check out Despot & EL-P providing verses for the Mr. Muthaf**kin’ eXquire track ‘The Last Huzzah’:

This is event is presented by Birmingham Promoters & Fantastic Damage