Music Around Town

El-P

When: Sat., July 7 2012

For a dude who's laid kinda low for the past five years, 2012 is turning out to be the most productive one of Brooklyn-based producer and rapper El-P's decade-long career. His fourth solo album, Cancer4Cure, came out mere weeks after his collaboration on Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music, which he produced. They're two of the most forward-thinking hip-hop albums of the year, built on the 37-year-old's doomsday beats and fertilized with rhymes that run smack into a whole bunch of social, cultural, and political dreams gone wrong. (Killer Mike is also part of this weekend's bill at the Grog Shop, so be sure to get there early.) Last time out, on 2007's terrific I'll Sleep When You're Dead, El-P painted a world edging toward extinction thanks to its own selfish minds and greedy hands. On Cancer4Cure, things aren't looking any brighter. It's a bleak, desperate, and desolate planet we're living on, and El-P is barely hanging on for the rough ride. This is the sound of death creeping up on the already hopeless. With Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, and Despot. 8 p.m. Tickets: $20, $18 in advance. –Michael Gallucci

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