Metascore
84

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
  1. May 22, 2012
    100
    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
    91
    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
    88
    It's this balance of aggression and harmony that make El-P so engaging--and Cancer for Cure so triumphant.
  4. May 29, 2012
    90
    It's far ahead enough of that competition, intellectually and inspirationally, to exist on another plane of appreciation altogether.
  5. May 22, 2012
    100
    Cancer For Cure is a triumph of imagination and intelligence in service of a pervasive sense of personal and political unease.
  6. Jun 8, 2012
    86
    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.
  7. May 24, 2012
    90
    A set of 12 songs overflowing with bile and sonic invention.
  8. May 23, 2012
    100
    As with previous efforts, Cancer for Cure pushes the sonic envelope of hip-hop beyond its contemporaries from the very start
  9. Jun 5, 2012
    85
    It is prime El-P, deep, heavy, funny, and banging all at the same time.
  10. May 22, 2012
    85
    The true brilliance of Cancer For Cure is its refusal to find common ground, to come to the middle and meet anyone.
  11. May 21, 2012
    85
    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.
  12. May 21, 2012
    88
    Few artists create a tougher, colder world as convincingly.
  13. Jul 25, 2012
    90
    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.
  14. 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.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jun 5, 2012
    9
    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 »
  2. May 23, 2012
    10
    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 »
  3. Dec 9, 2012
    7
    What impressed me about him is.. he