But this is clearly El-P's show a show that proudly holds its own against the Brooklyn boy's earlier high watermark Fantastic Damage. The production is brilliant a claustrophobic clusterfuck that's damn near psychedelic on occasion (while allowing time to rock some bells on "EMG"). And lyrically, the album never falters, whether El-P's talking serious trash on every rapper's favorite president or dropping lines as righteous as "I might have been born yesterday, sir, but I stayed up all night."
So what's the deal with all those guest spots? El-P admits he tends to hate that type of name-dropping, but notes it's all about the unexpected. "It's the South Park theory: When George Clooney appeared on South Park, it was as a gay dog," he says. "That's the type of shit that makes my day."