CONTEST: Win Tix To See El-P @ The Troc Sat.


As per Wikipedia: “El-P (originally known as El Producto, born Jaime Meline, March 2, 1975) is an American hip hop artist and entrepreneur from Brooklyn, New York City. Originally a member of Company Flow, El-P has been a major driving force in alternative hip hop for over a decade. As a rapper, El-P’s style can be characterized by his dense, aggressive, and verbose attacks, which include notable use of metaphor, science fiction and fantasy themes and references, and associative word play. Critic Steve Huey describes him as “one of the most technically gifted MCs of his time, spitting out near-impossible phrases and rhythmic variations that simply leave the listener’s head spinning.” [5] El-P is a fan of science fiction, notably writer Philip K. Dick, and many of Dick’s themes, such as paranoia and questions about the nature of reality, feature in El-P’s work. References to George Orwell, Arthur C. Clarke, and Star Trek spin-off Deep Space 9 sit comfortably alongside more traditional rap references, such as to the likes of LL Cool J and Boogie Down Productions. As a producer, Meline is notable for his innovative mix of bleak futurism and low fidelity sounds. His dense, claustrophobic sounds are strongly influenced by Public Enemy‘s production team, The Bomb Squad, as well as other electronic artists like Art of Noise and Nine Inch Nails.” In the immortal words of the dearly departed Andy Griffin: That’s a gooooooood cracker! El-P plays the Troc on Saturday. We have two pairs of tickets to give away to the the 9th and 10th lucky Phawker reader to sign up for our mailing list (below, right, under the masthead). Fear not, your email address will NEVER be sold off to third party marketing scum. We promise.

WARNING: Probably NSFW unless your boss is really f*ckin’ cool.