Fantastic Damage marked the beginning of EL-P's career as a solo artist, following a groundbreaking career as frontman and producer of legendary NYC underground hip hop crew, Company Flow. Fan Dam was a foundational release for his fledgling record label Definitive Jux, which would soon establish itself as an iconic juggernaut of independent rap in the wake of trailblazing solo records by EL-P and label mates Aesop Rock, Cannibal Ox, RJD2, Murs, and more.
The template EL-P established on Fantastic Damage - a singular aesthetic pairing futuristic, post B-Boy production style with insightful, provocative & often prescient subject matter - was met with accolades across the media landscape, including Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Pitchfork, NME, VIBE, and SPIN among many others. The impact and influence of Fantastic Damage established it as one of the most important independent releases of its era, and charted a course to be followed by generations of artists in its wake.
The album has been widely unavailable since EL-P put Def Jux on hiatus in 2010, making it ripe for rediscovery in the new music ecosystem due to EL-P's monumental success with Run The Jewels.