I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but El-P’s I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead is definitely an album that grows on you over time. While the second half is almost immediately likable, the first half is filled with El-P’s signature harsh production, making it a little prickly to listen to at first. While I don’t think it’s the right way to start an album, and I doubt I ever will, that harsh first half has really grown on me; El-P’s rhymes are downright amazing in it. As a person who normally goes for the beat first, and the lyrics later, I think that’s why I wasn’t too fond of the first tracks at first; the beats are hidden in them, almost completely destroyed layers beneath El-P’s rhymes. I don’t expect you to like this track when you first hear, but after a little while, I think you may come to love it.
I may not show, but I love me some hip-hop. So when I heard about El-P’s new album a few months ago, I was about as happy as I could get. It’s songs like these that make me sure that my joy wasn’t unwarranted. My favorite song has a certain Orwellian charm to it. Not only is the beat killer, the samples perfect, and the raps smooth, but the story is amazing; it’s what makes the song a masterpiece. A sample line? “She’s the first to kiss me without crying“
Habeas Corpses tells the story of Lee, a prison guard from an apocalyptic future. In this particular prison, the prisoners are regularly assassinated and raped; however, the protagonist of this story finds himself deeply attracted to a prisoner (#247290Z). He escapes with her, and attempts to evade the authorities. In the end . . . well, I won’t ruin it for you. All you need to know is that this track is stunning.