Few artists can combine uncomfortabel with catchy; paranoiac with headnodding; morbid with springy. It's hard to scare the shit out of you while simultaneously keeping your foot moving. Rapper, producer and Def Jux founder El-P knows how to get to parts of the brain others can't. As a solo artist and frontman for the seminal hip hop group Company Flow or producer of Cannibal Ox, Cage, Mr. Lif, Aesop Rock, NIN, Beck, The Mars Volta, an El-P production can drive you to hide underneath the bed, punch a wall and nod your head all at the same time. Which brings us to Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3. It's another unique release in the artist's catalog. In the tradition of Company Flow's Little Johnny From The Hospital (1998), El's own Collecting The Kid (2005), and more recently Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx2 (2007), Hell3 is a fully realized suite of instrumentals that continues to exemplify the producer's versatile, otherworldly, futuristic and wholly original sonic worldview.
As the album title implies, El-P creates a dark, dystopian sonic universe filled with ominous basslines and thumping, punishing drums. Comprised of original instrumentals as well as remix instrumentals to Kidz in the Hall's "Driving Down The Block" and Young Jeezy's "I Got This," Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 represents songs that were meticulously crafted yet never found a home on a proper release. While sonically different from J Dilla's instrumental masterpiece Donuts, that album would prove inspirational to El-P. "Like Donuts, I wanted to keep things short and to the point. I think that's an aspect of instrumental music that so many more people can relate to. I didn't want anyone to listen to this record and at any point get bored."
While the producer is currently working on the follow-up to 2007's I'll Sleep When You're Dead, Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 functions as both a stopgap and standalone album. "This was a chance for me to give something to my fans as a reward for their patience as I worked on my new record. I look at this new one as a proper album. Me calling it a Megamixxx is just an excuse to get to Volume Three of anything."
1. Take You Out At The Ball Game
2. Whores: The Movie
3. Meanstreak (In 3 Parts)
5. Drunk With A Loaded Pistol
6. Time Won't Tell
7. Secret Police Man's Ball
8. I Got This (El-P Remix)
9. Jump Fence, Run, Live
10. He Hit Her So She Left
11. Driving Down The Block (El-P Remix)
12. Honda Redux
13. How To Serve Man (Stripped)
14. Contagious Snippet (Wilder Zoby feat. El-P)
15. Eat My Garbage 2