In 1993, a teenage visionary named El-P (born the son of a jazz piano player and raised Jaime Meline in New York City) put out his first piece of vinyl under the name COMPANY FLOW. What followed was a sound, perspective and philosophy destined to change independent hip hop music forever... He would learn the fundamental studio skills he knew he needed, and set himself on a path that he would never turn back from. At his 18th Birthday party he first met DJ Mr Len, whom he hired to spin for the night. They struck a harmonious musical chord and Mr Len Joined up to make it a group. Shortly after they released the first Company Flow 12", "Juvenile Technics" on the short live Libra records. The relationship between Co Flow and Libra quickly diminished, but Libra employee and aspiring artist Bigg Jus became close with the group and soon after joined. For the next two years, El-P and Jus worked by day (Tower records mail order) and recorded by night, using the money from their jobs to fund the label they created: Official Recordings. Steeped in b-boy experience and similar loves for hip hop culture and wordplay, El, Jus and Len set out to create something new. Debuting in late 2000, Definitive Jux (originally called Def Jux but our friend's at Def Jam, threatened by the Def Jux's sudden multi-platinum success, ordered a cease and desist last fall!) quickly made an impact on the world around it. Starting with the release of the EP Def Jux Presents: Company Flow and the Enters the Collosus EP from Boston's brightest star, Mr. Lif, El-P and his new label came strong out of the gates. Following up in 2001 with two of the most celebrated independent hip hop albums of the last several years, Cannibal Ox's The Cold Vein and Aesop Rock's Labor Days, Def Jux solidified itself as the new lodestar of indie hip hop. 2002 has seen the release of Aesop's Daylight mini-LP and the DJXP2, the 2nd volume in the series featuring the entire Definitive Jux artist roster. Now, with the release of El-P's debut solo album, Fantastic Damage, in May of this year, hip hop is about to get a shot in the arm, head and heart. Delivering on all the promise this artist has shown over the past 7 years, it is destined to be one of the most talked about, listened to and championed independent hip hop records in recent memory. Staggeringly inventive, intelligent, emotional, funny and still hardcore, it is engaging in a way we've yet to see from him (yes ladies, you can even dance to it). Bound to find its way all over the globe and into the hearts and minds of fans (and soon to be fans) everywhere, Fantastic Damage signifies the next level in a progression towards the realization of one young man's dreams.
Launching Definitive Jux in 2000, El-P finally had the vehicle to carry his vision forward. He’s spent the past 6 years building what is now the pre-eminent indie hip hop label in the business, having given rise to some of genre’s brightest lights, including Aesop Rock, Mr. Lif, Rjd2 and Cannibal Ox. His own debut album, the tour de force Fantastic Damage, was released in 2002 to a maelstrom of worldwide critical-acclaim, going on to become one of the year’s best-selling indie hip hop albums. Since then, El Producto has had his hands full, producing, co-producing, executive producing and A&R’ing several projects including Mr. Lif’s “Mo’ Mega", the Def Jux debut of underground hero Cage, Murs, C-Rayz Walz, and The Perceptionists. . In 2004, El-P produced the lauded alt-jazz album High Water (Thirsty Ear) with free jazz lions Matthew Shipp, William Parker and Daniel Carter; scored the acclaimed feature film Bomb the System (Palm Pictures) and compiled assorted remixes, b-sides and special tracks for his own Collecting the Kid full length. Most recently he’s remixed tracks for Beck, Nine Inch Nails, The Mars Volta, TV on the Radio, Charlie Parker, Head Automatica, Blackalicious, Hot Hot Heat and Syd Matters, plus traded verses with Ghostface Killah on his own soon-to-be classic remix of Prefuse 73’s “Hideyaface". He also appeared on Handsome Boy Modeling School’s White People album, alongside Chino of the Deftones, and will soon be remixing a song for the new Cat Power album. The list of artists and musicians who count themselves as El-P fans is a long and luminous one, including the likes of Radiohead, The Beastie Boys, Elvis Costello, RZA, The Black Keys, Chuck D., Yo La Tengo, Autechre, DJ Shadow, ?uest Love, Primal Scream and many more. El-P’s music is regularly licensed for feature films, video games and television, and he is producing music for both the Cartoon Network and Adult Swim TV. He will be touring the world in 2007 in support of his new album.
He just released another new record in 2012 called Cancer For Cure.