Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus
Many of you might know El-P for his astounding work last year with Killer Mike on R.A.P. Music, or maybe for his own apocalyptic albums Cancer 4 Cure and I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead (if you haven’t listened to both of those albums by now, please go do so immediately). He was something of a last Mohican at Def Jux when they went under, but only after taking part in the cult classic Funcrusher Plus alongside Bigg Juss and Mr. Len. Company Flow was rooted in the graffiti culture of bombing trains, as Juss and El-P took two radically different approaches to rhyming, with El Producto sounding more traditional then Big Juss’ stream of consciousness raps.
With it’s comic book looking cover and it’s exploding sonics, Funcrusher Plus didn’t make a lot of sense to first time listeners until it set in upon rewinds, but one spin of “8 Steps to Perfection” sums up how ridiculously talented the group was together. EL-P has gone on to have a strong solo career while Bigg Juss and Mr. Len have faded into limbo, but try to find Mr. Len’s Class X album to hear a majority of Funcrusher Plus in better quality and without the idiosyncratic, somewhat distracting cuts of the original.