Ampiamente elogiato dai critici musicali, è ritenuto uno dei migliori album hip hop degli anni novanta. For hip-hop progressives Company Flow, being "independent as fuck" was a moral code of conduct and a chest-puff boast. I don't think other people could kind of keep up with where it was going. "[10], Brian Coleman of CMJ New Music Monthly called it "the most important release of 1997 thus far. With their lone LP, 1997's Funcrusher Plus, the New York crew railed against capitalism and major label rap while offering an alternative that was equal parts rebel yell, lo-fi RZA-style bap, and Orwellian paranoia. If we're gonna shoot you, it's gonna be pretty damn entertaining. The record is called "Funcrusher". I started more introspective and then went back out to investigate what was going on in the world. I was 21 so I was pretty fucking high on myself. The "Plus" part of the record just expresses all the extra the record has. Len: There were no diss records, no silliness. Len: You have to be a special kind of teenager to dig it-- that's not a slight to a lot of teenagers out there, but they don't know how to absorb music. It's not straight shoot-you music. It was good to be part of a record that helped spearhead that independent movement, even though it still has taken way too long to take hold. Turns out things weren't too far off from where they were when we were doing Company Flow. Jus: I figure people would be cringing on that one. I reveled in the fact that when a Company Flow song comes on it's like getting shot with a fucking nail gun. El-P, Bigg Jus, and Mr. Len weren't just independent...they were independent as fuck. It was either "I wanna find those guys and beat them senseless because their crazy noise is hurting me" or "This is fucking incredible.". Jus: You sound like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. It's not meant to be fun like Flow's debut EP. Pitchfork: How would you compare your overall perspectives now to when this album originally came out? I have the condensed version in my collection). All the hip-hop shit that we grew up loving just seemed to need a fuckin' reinforcement. Pitchfork: Listening back to Funcrusher now, it's a little creepy how the dark mood of it matches the mood of 2009. [laughter] At this point, I don't think it would sound jarring to anybody who kept their ear open to underground hip-hop in the last decade. If you were to play it to someone who only listens to the shit that's on the radio, they're probably going to have the same fucking response as they did when we dropped this shit, which is 50 percent saying "What the fuck is this garbage?!" Bigg Jus: It just so happens that geniuses made it happen. Pitchfork: Have you ever been surprised by someone who you wouldn't think would like the album? January 01, 1970 (Definitive Jux) But it always sucks to be the first person to do something, especially at a time when everything's fucked up. El-P: I remember sitting at my kitchen table, cutting up letters and pictures and trying to glue them on there so we could make artwork for our black and white promo. Even when we broke up it was like, "Let's not do this on bad terms." In 1997, the hip-hop underground was jolted awake with the release of Company Flow’s classic debut, Funcrusher Plus. El-P: Nah. Now it's part of the collective consciousness-- it's standard practice to start a record label, put your shit out, get your own distribution deal. El-P: That CoFlow record was us on some fuckin' angry societal perspective shit and some love-for-hip-hop shit. I love how we came in and fucking destroyed shit and then dipped. Pitchfork: A lot of people say Funcrusher was ahead of its time, but it's not like there's tons of stuff like that out now. [18], Little Johnny from the Hospitul: Breaks & Instrumentals Vol.1, "The 90 Best Rap Albums of the '90s - 86. El-P: [deadpans] We're all about the hope. Pitchfork: So you're still holding that against everybody? El-P: Ultimately, I think we always did it the right way. We were just giggling, like "This is some fucking independent as fuck ass shit right here!" Now that everybody is older you kind of understand that people go through phases, and it's about keeping a continuity. Even the idea about the music industry collapsing under the weight of its frivolous products seems to have come true. There's a difference. Bigg Jus: No! We've always said that one day we'll get together to do some new songs but it's just dirty to think of it in any other way. Len: I'm very excited about it. Everything else is like palm trees. We're talking about 600,000 people losing their jobs in a month, millions in a year. El-P: Even I was taken back by some of what we were saying. [1] It was released on Rawkus Records in 1997. El-P: Maybe we wouldn't have broken up. El-P: You couldn't tell us shit because we all knew how much we lived hip-hop culture. Anyone awed by the white rapper du jour's soporific “Asleep in the Bread Aisle” would be wise to listen to "Funcrusher Plus," the 1997 debut from Company Flow… referencing Funcrusher Plus, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, DJX177 This is the perfect contender for a VMP rap album of the month. El-P: I'm not gonna front-- that was something that may have held me back from getting into it for a while. Will this reissue spark another meeting of the Company Flow minds? Pitchfork may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. It was painful at the time but I don't regret it. It was released on Rawkus Records in 1997. As far as music and art goes, motherfuckers are dope artists, so you can never close that door. Comprised of EL-P, BIGG JUS & DJ MR LEN - … Everything else is like palm trees. It's hard to front on this shit though. All rights reserved. ", A daily roundup of the most important stories in music, Kanye West Shares New “Nah Nah Nah” Remix With DaBaby and 2 Chainz: Listen, Helado Negro Covers Neil Young’s “Lotta Love”: Listen, Dua Lipa and Angèle Share New Song “Fever”: Listen, Skrillex Shares New Song “Kliptown Empyrean”: Listen. When we made Funcrusher we thought it was the hottest shit on the planet, and when people didn't get it we were kind of like, "Well fuck you then!". Funcrusher Plus è il primo album del gruppo hip hop statunitense Company Flow, pubblicato nel 1997 e contenente 7 delle 8 tracce del precedente Funcrusher EP (esclusa Corners 94) più 12 tracce scritte ex novo. [laughs] Actually, we probably did say that shit in interviews. I can see why this record was re-interpreted for Marvel`s "Scarlet Spider" No.1 when they had the "Hip-Hop variant" campaign. Jus: I thought the album was following a logical step for the culture, which was basically about doing new shit and being original. Fresh-faced MC’s El-P and Bigg Jus and DJ Mr. Len utilized a Len: We tried to tell you the sky was fallin', y'all just didn't wanna listen. I'm not paying $85 for this lol. But when I was a kid I just assumed everyone should like this shit because I felt like I was the ultimate hip-hop fan. Take the four and multiply it by the three and you get 12. I don't feel like planning to do it and being like, "We're releasing a record!" I don't know...why the fuck are we doing this? Company Flow – Funcrusher Plus [reissue] Leave a reply. [laughter] It was different back then: We were in The Source, DJ Premier was rocking our shit on his mixtapes, KRS-One was rapping above our instrumentals. Like: "Yo, this adheres to my very fucking strict standards of what a dope record should be." Besides the fact that we also didn't really make dance music. El-P: I think I got my first hand job at 12. Are you guys not excited about our new president? Though the three members have worked separately this millennium, they reunited for a show in 2007. "[14], Andrew Hultkrans of Spin gave the album 8 stars out of 10, commenting that "[the album] deconstructed hip-hop conventions and rebuilt them into a spare, murky, sputtering soundscape. The new Funcrusher will boast rare tracks from the group's early days ("Juvenile Techniques", "Corners 94") and late-era songs cut before their 2000 breakup ("Simple", "DPA", and "Simian Drugs"). We were on some affirmation shit. "[16], On October 4, 2011, "Lune TNS" was chosen by as the Song of the Day. El-P: My mom likes it. We're all about change now! Ad Choices, Company Flow Talk Funcrusher Plus Reissue, El-P: "When a Company Flow song comes on it's like getting shot with a fucking nail gun. A lot of people thought Funcrusher was super dark and hopeless, and I don't think it was hopeless in any way. Based on a conference call with all three members earlier this week, nobody's ruling a reunion out-- but it would have to be on their strictly independent terms, of course.  __Pitchfork__: Why reissue Funcrusher Plus now, 12 years after its original release? And at the same time I started seeing people refer to it as "old school" or "classic." Longtime Plug One readers will note that the revised Funcrusher Plus was originally scheduled for 2007 , which would have marked the 10th anniversary of its 1997 release on El-P’s Official Recordings and Rawkus Records. Jus: I kinda did it in reverse. [3] The album has been recognized as "a landmark independent hip-hop release". "Funcrusher Plus" is all over the place in the best way possible (unlike the original "Clone Saga" that gave birth to the Scarlet Spider. [laughs]. Now, you add the one and the two in 12 and that's three...which is how many people who were in Company Flow. We kind of came out at the perfect time because people hadn't yet created subgenres so we were thrown into the pantheon of rap music in general. El-P: When we came out there were motherfuckers who were like, "What is this crazy space rap from the future?" Jus: I'm proud of the "independent as fuck" vibe to the record, and how we stayed pure and didn't get watered down by all the crap that was in the industry. In 2009, it was re-released on Definitive Jux. I don't like being negative but a lot of things still look the same to me at this point. El-P: Not just "didn't really make" dance music...I guess we made shit that people could uprock to on occasion. We always drew people down the middle-- there were never people who were like "Eh, it's all right." Pitchfork: So uplifting! People already know what we're doing separately, but I'm personally throwing it out there to the guys that I'd love to do new material. Somehow along the way that totally got lost. I'm glad we're at least talking about it now. and 50 percent saying "Holy shit, I haven't heard hip-hop like this."

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