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{{Infobox soloist | Name = El-P | Img = El-p.jpg | Img_capt = | Img_size = | Background = Khaki | Birth_name = Jaime Meline | Alias = El-Producto | Born = March 4, 1975 | Died = | Origin = Brooklyn, New York City, United States | Instrument = | Voice_type = | Genre = Rap/Hip-hop
Underground Rap
Jazz | Occupation = [[Rappe, Producer | Years_active = 1993-present | Label = Definitive Jux
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[[Official Recording | Associated_acts = Company Flow | URL = [ Def-Jux Biograph | Notable_instruments = }} El-P aka El-Producto (born Jaime Meline) has been one of the most important and substantial forces in the development of the current underground rap scene. In the last 10+ years, he has been responsible for one of the most influential underground rap groups (Company Flow), argueably the most important underground rap label (Definitive Jux), an undeniably individual production style and a powerful voice for progressing the genre he embraced.


As a teenager, Meline was a rebellious New York City teenager who, after being expelled from two different high schools within a year opted to get his GED and enlist in musical engineering school. In 1993, he joined forces with DJ Mr. Len and later [[Bigg Ju to form one of the most influential rap groups in underground rap even to this day, Company Flow. Meline's DIY attitude and entrepreneurial spirit was present from the beginning as he created [[Official Recording to release Company Flow's first 12", [[Juvenile Technics (single):Company Flow|Juvenile Technic. The group wouldn't need this outlet for too long though, as burgeoning NYC label [[Rawku added them to an empty roster that would soon be home to young hip-hop luminaries Mos Def, [[Talib Kwel, and [[Pharoahe Monch among others. The relationship with [[Rawku would last for only a few years after they would be dropped for creative disputes, and later Company Flow would separate on good terms. Though anticlimactic, the years of touring and networking would deem essential for El-P as it developed the relationships that would help form Definitive Jux.

In late 2000, Meline's next project would take center stage, an underground hip-hop label based out of the heart of New York City known simply as Def Jux (later changed to Definitive Jux because of legal issues). El-P would momentarily take a backseat to his young roster of up and coming emcees out of the north-east. He would be able to use a few unreleased Comany Flow tracks to help get the ball rolling before unleashing Mr. Lif, Aesop Rock and Cannibal Ox on the rap world. The Cannibal Ox album was especially essential for El-P because it established his individual production style. A brash combination of lo-fi industrial beats, metallic synths, jazzy undertones and an unheralded creative control of the sine wave that stems from The Bomb Squad, [[Public Enem's production team. He would not take center stage again until 2002 when his first solo full length, [[Fantastic Damage:El-P|Fantastic Damag, dropped onto unsuspecting music patrons. El-P returned to the mic louder and even more confrontational, though the subject of his songs strayed away from typical mainstream rap albums, instead rapping about science fiction, social anxieties and obscure pop culture references with an amazingly dense rhyme style and a quick delivery. His production style continued to progress into more abstract and creative realms. The album was a success and El-P's name was back in hip-hop circles as a musician rather than just for Def Jux.

Throughout 2003, he continued to produce and appear on similar artists' albums as a guest emcee, but it was not until 2004 before any new material of his own was released. Early in the year, El-P released an unlikely pure jazz album, [[High Water:El-P|High Wate on progressive jazz imprint [[Thirsty Ea. The full-length which received mixed reviews was part of jazz pianist Matthew Shipp's Blue Series and teamed Jamie Meline with Shipp, bassist [[William Parke and others. While El-P's music up to this point has always contained very jazzy undertones, this was definitely a new platform to explore. Not everyone reacted with positive remarks, but the outing was definitely essential for the his progression as a musician. The second half of the year saw the release of a collection of unreleased tracks from the vaults of El-P's always expanding back catalogue. Collecting the Kid contained mostly instrumental tracks, but it is an important insight into the future of his music as he begins to divert his concentration from being confrontational to settling into a groove and letting the track develop on its own.





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  • [[Shards of Pol Pottery (single):El-P/Alec Empire|Shards of Pol Potter split single with [[Alec Empir 2001 ([[Digital Hardcor)


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