El-P is a trailblazer in the hip hop underground.Rolling Stone
Fantastic Damage picks up where Company Flow left off – slamming jagged boom baps into computer crash squeals, like the score for a Blade Runner sequel set in Brooklyn.SPIN
El-P has conjured up a warped cult classicNME
‘Fantastic Damage’ is unquestionably the rap album of the yearThe Independent (2002)
El-P’s classic debut album is finally reissued and available for the first time on all platforms. Watch out for the vinyl arriving in Fall 2020.
Digital reissue available now
Iconic rapper and producer El-P, perhaps best known as one half of powerhouse rap duo Run the Jewels, continues rolling out the extensive reissue campaign of his full solo catalog with the re-release of his classic debut solo album, Fantastic Damage. Previously unavailable for nearly a decade, Fan Dam is now on streaming services for the very first time via Fat Possum Records. This critically acclaimed and massively influential 2002 album makes its own official streaming debut in conjunction with its 18th anniversary, with vinyl to follow this fall
Fantastic Damage marked the beginning of El-P’s career as a solo artist, following a groundbreaking career as frontman and producer of legendary NYC underground hip hop crew, Company Flow. Fan Dam was a foundational release for his fledgling record label Definitive Jux, which would soon establish itself as an iconic juggernaut of independent rap in the wake of trailblazing solo records by El-P and label mates Aesop Rock, Cannibal Ox, RJD2, Murs, and more. The template El-P established on Fantastic Damage – a singular aesthetic pairing futuristic, post B-Boy production style with insightful, provocative & often prescient subject matter – was met with accolades across the media landscape, including Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Pitchfork, NME, VIBE, and SPIN among many others. The impact and influence of Fantastic Damage established it as one of the most important independent releases of its era, and charted a course to be followed by generations of artists in its wake. The album has been widely unavailable since El-P put Def Jux on hiatus in 2010, making it ripe for rediscovery in the new music ecosystem due to El-P’s monumental success with Run The Jewels.
The album precedes a slew of new work by El-Producto, including the impending release of his original score for the feature film Capone (starring Tom Hardy), and, of course, RTJ4, which drops June 5th, 2020, also produced by El-P.