Universal acclaim - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 39
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 39
  3. Negative: 0 out of 39
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  1. May 22, 2012
    Ace producer and longtime champion of underground hip-hop El-P walks a fine line on Cancer 4 Cure, crafting aggression with militaristic precision.
  2. Jun 12, 2012
    With Cancer4Cure I was gratified on the first spin, but I'm sure it will take many more listens to fully understand El-P's brilliance on both the mic and the boards.
  3. May 22, 2012
    It's this balance of aggression and harmony that make El-P so engaging--and Cancer for Cure so triumphant.
  4. May 29, 2012
    It's far ahead enough of that competition, intellectually and inspirationally, to exist on another plane of appreciation altogether.
  5. May 24, 2012
    A collection that sees El-P update his sound and his flow to combustible effect.
  6. May 23, 2012
    Elitist as it might seem, it's a Rap album that sounds better if you can name most of the Gang Starr Foundation.
  7. May 22, 2012
    Cancer For Cure is a triumph of imagination and intelligence in service of a pervasive sense of personal and political unease.
  8. Jun 8, 2012
    El-P's always been ahead of the curve but Cancer for Cure isn't valuable for its prescience so much as its currency of the now and the way it unites rap head nostalgia for the future beats of the past with the beats of the present.
  9. May 24, 2012
    A set of 12 songs overflowing with bile and sonic invention.
  10. May 23, 2012
    As with previous efforts, Cancer for Cure pushes the sonic envelope of hip-hop beyond its contemporaries from the very start
  11. May 22, 2012
    Cancer 4 Cure is as hard and vital as anything El-P has ever released, and that's no light praise.
  12. May 22, 2012
    The music is certainly some of El's most engaging yet, and should possess real lasting power.
  13. May 21, 2012
    The most disarming thing El-P's got going for him is his ability to sound like he's broadcasting from an impossible future even while he's standing right next to you in the present.
  14. May 21, 2012
    El-P's least ambitious record.
  15. Jun 5, 2012
    It is prime El-P, deep, heavy, funny, and banging all at the same time.
  16. May 30, 2012
    Cancer for Cure stuns by featuring some of the most energetic tracks El-P has ever put his name to.
  17. May 29, 2012
    A synth heavy, angst ridden, paranoia-fuelled musical monolith filled with catchy hooks, heavy drums and nods of the cap towards Dubstep.
  18. May 29, 2012
    Like pretty much all of his previous work, C4C isn't really open for the casual listen. Music as densely layered and as assimilated as this tends to unwrap itself at different times in different situations and with varying results.
  19. May 24, 2012
    Despite the brainy, composer-like attention to detail and El-P's complicated lyrics, this is still music imbued with a bracing sense of physicality. It's great stomping music.
  20. May 23, 2012
    When you combine this teeth-gritting lyrical intensity with El-P's boundary-pushing production and stupefyingly capable poetics, it's little wonder that, for all its darkness, paranoia and rage, Cancer For Cure emerges as one of the year's most endlessly re-playable records.
  21. May 23, 2012
    Cancer For Cure is El-P's most accessible album yet, and with the right push it could be his breakthrough release.
  22. May 22, 2012
    [Cancer4Cure] is a paranoid reality show – and that's its appeal.
  23. 80
    C4C is something more sinister and involuted: It's El-P fighting El-P, but damn is it fun to watch.
  24. May 22, 2012
    The stormy, steely drones and security-camera rhetoric can almost feel like he's compensating for something. But that doesn't stop it from being weirdly charming through its relentless sneer.
  25. May 22, 2012
    The true brilliance of Cancer For Cure is its refusal to find common ground, to come to the middle and meet anyone.
  26. May 22, 2012
    Cancer4Cure is about hip-hop like Glengarry Glen Ross was about sales, but these great works transcend their industries, offering solace and inspiration to anyone who would prefer a satisfied mind over a Cadillac Eldorado, or in current terms, an Escalade.
  27. May 21, 2012
    Cancer 4 Cure's closest analogue may be Portishead's Third: the textures and tones are distinctly different from past releases, but it's unimaginable that it could be made by anyone else.
  28. May 21, 2012
    Cancer For Cure is a dependably bold, powerful statement, perhaps not quite as masterful as its predecessors, but still overflowing with ideas and innovation.
  29. May 21, 2012
    Few artists create a tougher, colder world as convincingly.
  30. Q Magazine
    Oct 12, 2012
    He's equally skilled as a stream-of-consciousness philosopher or gripping storyteller. [Jul 2012, p.98]
  31. Jul 25, 2012
    Cancer4Cure is very much a window shattering Brooklyn rap record in every sense... [Meline is] busting loose some of the sharpest darts of his life.
  32. The Wire
    Jul 24, 2012
    The energy is impressive and it's hard to find technical fault but the stagnation is undeniable. [May 2012, p.73]
  33. This is a high point in his already illustrious career; a labyrinthine and ultramodern take on hip-hop that will likely age like a Cabernet.
  34. Jun 28, 2012
    The production has been updated for a new, not so distant future, but retains its mechanical crunch and metallic din.
  35. Jun 27, 2012
    For all the missteps along the way, El-P arrives somewhere quite poignant, and although he may not have paved his own way there, his route is quite impressive, and there is no wasted beat and no unseen seriousness and intensity.
  36. Mojo
    Jun 26, 2012
    A one-man rap vigilante. [Jul 2012, p.92]
  37. Magnet
    Jun 13, 2012
    El-P splits the difference between old-school bruisers, cyber-punk dystopias and misanthropic noir. [No.88 p. 55]
  38. Uncut
    Jun 1, 2012
    At times you're left craving some of the eerie minimalism of El-P's classical Cannibal Ox Productions. [Jul 2012, p.71]
  39. Alternative Press
    May 21, 2012
    Even if it's probably not a classic, it's still pretty damn solid. [Jun 2012, p.81]

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 71 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. May 23, 2012
    It's pretty hard for me to justify giving a hip hop album a 10, but this is the best release of 2012 thus far, and from a hip hop perspective,It's pretty hard for me to justify giving a hip hop album a 10, but this is the best release of 2012 thus far, and from a hip hop perspective, is mind blowing. Not only is El-P at the top of his game lyrically and conceptually, but all of the guest stars bring positive contributions. Even Danny Brown's slacker rap style has it's place in Oh Hail No. Paul Bank's appearance in works every time is a bit too understated. Overall, a great rap album which requires multiple listens to appreciate. Full Review »
  2. Jun 5, 2012
    This is a brilliant album for fans of rap/hip-hop/ and even just beats and great production. It took a few days for me to warm to the album,This is a brilliant album for fans of rap/hip-hop/ and even just beats and great production. It took a few days for me to warm to the album, and it unravels to me in individual tracks until, now, I love the entire album. El-p's rapping is aggressive and very enjoyable, and is perfectly juxtaposed with his often dirty and raw beats. Lyrical content is often political and angry, and is the perfect remedy for these hypocritical and challenging modern times. Full Review »
  3. Dec 8, 2012
    After listening "R.A.P. Music", in this 2012 came another great product from the manufacturer of Brooklyn. El-P is one of the best in hisAfter listening "R.A.P. Music", in this 2012 came another great product from the manufacturer of Brooklyn. El-P is one of the best in his field, Cancer4Cure is innovative, beautiful and brilliant. Congratulations! Full Review »