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When:

Thu 7 Feb 2013, 8:00pm

Where: Oxford Art Factory, 38-46 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: edward4

Independent rap icon El-P returns to Australia playing two special headline shows whilst a part of the Laneway Festival, supporting his critically acclaimed 2012 album Cancer For Cure.

The album marks his first full length rap album since 2007’s critically acclaimed I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead, though El-P’s rap trajectory has been on a steady ascent following a prolific year that saw high profile appearances on Das Racist’s mixtape and debut album, 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 “Huzzah”, among several other honors. The record arrived hot on the heels of the new Killer Mike album R.A.P. Music, which El-P produced in full and made huge noise with its first single Big Beast (featuring BUN B, T.I. and Trouble), which was awarded Pitchfork's rare Best New Track designation.

Cancer For Cure takes another huge leap forward from the production work of his 2010 instrumental album weareallgoingtoburninhellmeggamixxx with a bombastic collision of synths, bottomless bass tones, live instrumentation, ear-worming melody, and tightly coiled drum patterns, setting the standard for hip hop production higher than ever. The obvious diversion from the previous album is the presence of El-P’s ever-developing vocal style, continuing to raise the bar on his already highly verbose flow that swiftly and muscularly navigates a rapidfire explosion of syllabic conundrums and quick-witted elocutions full of heart, purpose, style and grit. Rounded out by feature appearances by a host of high profile guests including Killer Mike, Danny Brown, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Paul Banks (Interpol), and more this is easily one of the year’s most talked about albums.

With a commanding live show which has not toured Australia since February 2009, El-P’s return to Australia shores is an event not to be missed.