New York-based producer and rapper El-P has made an entire career out of challenging hip-hop’s aesthetics. While much hip-hop has derived its sound from contorting vintage soul samples, El-P sought to create an entirely new base sound. As the founder of the label Definitive Jux, the Brooklyn-born producer/rapper has also laid the groundwork for an entire army of like-minded alternative hip-hop artists and helped bring the genre to a respected level. El-P fused the gritty sound of New York’s underground hip-hop scene with static distortion, and has continually made some of the genre’s most subversive music.
El-P was born Jaime Meline in Brooklyn, New York to Jazz pianist Harry Keys. While growing up, Meline had been expelled from several... Read More