Ah the joys of social networking. Late last night El-P wrote:
i have finished recording cancer for cure. now its getting mixed.
To many, this probably isn’t that big of a deal. But for me — and if the reaction is any indication, lots of other people too — this is a huge deal, and probably one of my most anticipated albums of the past 5 years. I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead opened my eyes, to a lot of things. In my opinion, that album epitomizes the post-9/11 life in America theme we’ve seen in so many different forms of media and art since the early 2000s. It is a perfect album. The production itself is mind-blowing, with melodies weaving in and out and popping up here and there throughout the entire disc. Plus it features samples ranging from Kill Bill to Anchorman and Twin Peaks; and performances from Trent Reznor to Mars Volta, with the omnipresent cuts of Mr. Dibbs. If you haven’t heard it I suggest getting it ASAP and listening to it straight through when you have the time (it’s about an hour long).
[Speaking of Mr. Dibbs, he's going through some medical complications and his insurance isn't covering the necessary surgeries he needs. He has a Facebook page setup: Pay It Forward 2 Mr. Dibbs. And for people who don't use Paypal, anyone who wants to give to him can mail a check to (payable to Kristin Rose):
4830 Poplar St
Cincinati, OH 45212
Dibbs, for those who don't know, essentially re-revolutionized turntablism. He'll go down as a legend.]
El-P’s next album should be a treat. Throughout last year, he’d been updating a blog for the making of the album, with some very eyebrow-raising pics and statuses popping up now and again. In a good way. Here’s to hoping he’ll be playing Soundset this year.
I found this list at HipHopSite.com (great name guys!) detailing 60 reasons “to live another year” in 2011. It’s a list of albums that were slated for release that year. Problem is, not all of them came out in 2011, like Cancer For Cure. Which means we (or… I) have the pleasure of getting these hip-hop albums into our greedy hands in 2012:
- El-P – Cancer For Cure
- Slaughterhouse – Welcome To: OUR HOUSE
- Dr. Dre – Detox
- Madlib & DOOM – Madvillian 2
- Q-Tip – The Last Zulu
- Cage – ???
- Aesop Rock – ???
- Ghostface – Supreme Clientele 2
- Ghostface & DOOM – Swift and Changeable
- Talib Kweli & Mos Def – Blackstar 2
- Brother Ali & Jake One – Mourning In America, Dreaming In Color
- Freeway - Diamond In The Ruff
- Busdriver – Beau$Eros
- Kristoff Krane – ???
- Kill The Vultures – ???
- I Self Devine – The Sounds of Low Class America
- J Dilla – Rebirth of Detroit
- Tyler, The Creator – Wolf
- Wu-Tang – ???
- Public Enemy – Most Of My Heroes Don’t Appear On No Stamp/The Evil Empire of Everything