Published Dec 06, 2019After teasing his plans plenty on Twitter, El-P has announced a reissue campaign of his full solo catalogue through Fat Possum Records.
The label, which released his most recent solo album Cancer 4 Cure in 2012, will bring the Run the Jewels rapper's solo output to streaming services, while new physical editions of the albums will arrive next year.
El-P's first solo album to arrive as part of the campaign is 2007's I'll Sleep When You're Dead, which features collaborations with Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Aesop Rock, Trent Reznor, Cat Power and Cage. You can revisit it in the players below.
El reflected on I'll Sleep When You're Dead in a statement as follows:
this record means a lot to me. really, it's a collection of short stories written from multiple perspectives... different characters living in the same confused, askew city of 'Poisenville.' no one is right in these stories and no one has the moral high ground but everyone is trying to keep themselves from suffocating under the weight of their own reality and faults. a guy on a train asks a question he doesn't really want answered... a concentration camp guard flirts with morality and ultimately chooses obedience... an older, pessimistic man thinks he's doing the right thing by ending his relationship with a younger, optimistic woman but cant help but self aggrandize... a young man responds angrily to a draft letter... a lost soul is trying to find connections in a party scene only to realize he's more alone than ever... an atheist makes an emergency plea to god on a plane that he knows he hasn't earned... a man sits on a brooklyn stoop at dawn fully realizing his own bullshit self justifications and rejects them... it's littered with darkness and doubt but ultimately it's about redemption. it's about the decision not to succumb to the darkest ideas we have about what we are. i'll sleep when you're dead began as what i imagined the city of 'Poisenville' was saying to its inhabitants as a retort to being called a 'city that never sleeps,' but it ends with the discovery of something bigger than the maze of inner turmoil these characters feel: a resolve to fight for life, even if it's someone else's.
Run the Jewels' last studio album was 2016's Run the Jewels 3. Late last month, El-P revealed that the album was not yet mixed, and that samples were awaiting clearance, adding, "the good news is it's hard as fuck."
El-P and Killer Mike recently appeared on a song with Danny Brown.