This past August, El-P issued his first new rapping track, the excellent “Drones Over BKLYN,” in a minute as part of Adult Swim’s Singles Program. Since then, he’s been relatively quiet aside from some choice features — that verse on Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire’s “Huzzah!” remix is deadly — because he’s putting the finishing touches on his new album, Cancer for Cure, and a joint project with Killer Mike.
Amid all this, El-P returned to “Drones Over BKLYN” when one of his closest friends and longtime touring partners, DJ Mr. Dibbs, fell ill. It just so happened that the rapper-producer had also recently linked with the folks at new company Legitmix. They have essentially come up with a way of getting around the task of clearing samples for producers and DJs who so many times either have to scrap material or pay a huge fee to use the sample.
As such, El-P was able to create “Rush Over BKLYN,” which reimagines the aforementioned track with a sample from Rush’s “Tom Sawyer.” And yes, it’s just as ill as you think. All the proceeds raised from sales of “Rush Over BKLYN” will go directly toward helping pay off Mr. Dibb’s hospital bills, which are at nearly $500,000. El-P’s thoughts on the track are as follows:
“I did this because I think it’s an interesting idea and approach to the sample clearance issue. Most importantly I hope this raises awareness and money for my good friend, collaborator and hip hop legend Brad Forste aka DJ MR DIBBS. He is suffering from cirrhosis of the liver and (like so many of us) uninsured. He has racked up almost a half a mil in hospital bills after just one month, and he needs help. All proceeds from this song go to him.”