Brooklyn-based alt-rapper EL-P is admittedly not that "fucking brilliant," but he's comfortable being a perfectionist.
"When I do my records, I'm trying to push myself and say everything the right way for me at the time," he recently said in an interview with our sister paper Phoenix New Times. "I'm OK with that."
Clearly ... It took the former Company Flow crew member the better part of five years to drop Cancer for Cure, the follow-up to 2007's critically acclaimed I'll Sleep When You're Dead. The wait, however, seems to have paid off.
Together with longtime friend and collaborator Killer Mike, EL-P's out promoting Cancer for Cure with the Into the Wild tour, which will stop at Grand Central on Thursday, August 23.
When it was released in May, Pitchfork gave Cancer for Cure an 8.5 rating, describing El-P's opus as "a record that you can pump like they do in the future." It was enough to earn P-Fork's Best New Music stamp of approval and enter the race for hip-hop album of the year.
But for a self-identifying perfectionist, anything less would've been uninspiring.
As he told New Times, "Sometimes, it takes a lot of living before the words just come. I don't really like forcing it. I don't wanna make records that don't have heart behind them."
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EL-P and Killer Mike's Into the Wild Tour. Thursday, August 23. Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets cost Tickets cost $20 plus fees via flavorus.com. Ages 18 and up. Call 305-377-2277 or visit grandcentralmiami.com.