Funcrusher Plus

Funcrusher Plus is the debut studio album by American hip hop group Company Flow.[1] It was released on Rawkus Records in 1997.[2] In 2009, it was re-released on Definitive Jux.[3] The album has been recognized as "a landmark independent hip-hop release".[4]

Funcrusher Plus
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 22, 1997 (1997-07-22)
StudioOzone Studios, NYC
No Mystery Studios, NYC
GenreHip hop
LabelRawkus Records
RWK 1134 (first pressing)
Rawkus/Priority/EMI Records
0499 2 50063 2 2
P2-50063 (second pressing)

Rawkus/MCA/Universal Records
112 898 (third pressing)
Definitive Jux
DJX177 (fourth pressing)
ProducerCompany Flow
Company Flow chronology
Funcrusher EP
Funcrusher Plus
Little Johnny from the Hospitul: Breaks & Instrumentals Vol.1
Singles from Funcrusher Plus
  1. "8 Steps to Perfection"
    Released: 1996
  2. "Blind"
    Released: 1997

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[6]
Los Angeles Times[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[11]
Spectrum Culture[12]

AllMusic gave the album a perfect 5 star rating, and writer Steve Huey stated: "[Funcrusher Plus] demands intense concentration, but also rewards it, and its advancement of hip-hop as an art form is still being felt. It's difficult, challenging music, to be sure, and it's equally far ahead of its time."[5] Jon Dolan of City Pages noted "[Company Flow's] evincing a confrontational critique of 'those signed, big-budget muthafuckas' like none hip hop has attempted since EPMD's Strictly Business."[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."[13] Jeff Weiss of Los Angeles Times felt that "El-P conjured an apocalyptic minimalism -- the sublimated sound of clanging and cluttered train cars, city grime buried beneath cuticles, and the ghostly smoke of burning blunts."[7]

Nate Patrin of Pitchfork said: "With the exception of the nocturnal crystalline funk of the Bigg Jus-produced 'Lune TNS' and the frequent scratch contributions from secret weapon DJ Mr. Len, Funcrusher Plus' beats bear the mark of El-P's dusty-but-digital aesthetic, which even back then had the same sort of beautiful-dystopia Blade Runner feel that informed Cannibal Ox's The Cold Vein and his own Fantastic Damage a few years later."[10]

Brian Coleman of CMJ New Music Monthly called it "the most important release of 1997 thus far."[15] Joseph Schafer of Stereogum said, "Funcrusher Plus made for a hell of an opening salvo, and most emcee/producers would envy having such a record in their discography, but El mostly improved upon his work here later."[16]

On October 4, 2011, "Lune TNS" was chosen by as the Song of the Day.[4]

In 2003, Funcrusher Plus ranked at number 84 on Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1990s list.[17] In 2014, Complex listed the album at number 86 on the 90 Best Rap Albums of the 90s.[2] In 2015, it was chosen by Fact as number 4 on the 100 Best Indie Hip-Hop Records of All Time.[18]

Track listing

1."Bad Touch Example"Bigg Jus, El-PEl-P3:26
2."8 Steps to Perfection"Bigg Jus, El-PEl-P4:43
3."Collude/Intrude"El-P, J-TredsEl-P5:25
4."Blind"Bigg Jus, El-PEl-P3:42
5."Silence"Bigg JusEl-P3:33
7."Help Wanted" El-P2:13
8."Population Control"El-P, Bigg Jus, R.A. the Rugged ManEl-P4:26
9."Lune TNS"Bigg JusBigg Jus3:39
11."Lencorcism" Mr. Len0:36
12."89.9 Detrimental"El-PEl-P1:03
13."Vital Nerve"El-P, BMSEl-P5:01
14."Tragedy of War (in III Parts)"Bigg Jus, El-PEl-P3:49
15."The Fire in Which You Burn"Breezly Brewin, J-Treds, El-P, Bigg JusEl-P5:02
16."Krazy Kings"Bigg JusEl-P4:52
17."Last Good Sleep"El-PMr. Len, El-P5:59
18."Info Kill II"Bigg Jus, El-PEl-P3:48
19."Funcrush Scratch" Mr. Len2:48


  • El-P – producer, lead vocals, mixing
  • Bigg Jus – producer, lead vocals
  • Mr. Len – producer, scratching
  • R.A. the Rugged Man – vocals
  • J-Treds – vocals
  • BMS – vocals
  • Breezly Brewin – vocals
  • Vassos – recording, engineering, mixing
  • Jeff Cordero – recording, engineering, mixing
  • Walker Bernard – recording, engineering
  • Chris Athens – mastering

Singles chart positions

Year Song Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1997 "Blind" 44[19]


  1. Johnson, Fatima (January 7, 2013). "Respect. Your Elders: Company Flow". Respect. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  2. Bengston, Russ (April 24, 2014). "The 90 Best Rap Albums of the '90s - 86. Company Flow, Funcrusher Plus (1997)". Complex. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  3. Newmark, Mike (September 13, 2009). "Company Flow: Funcrusher Plus". PopMatters. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  4. McCall, Tris (October 4, 2011). "Song of the Day: 'Lune TNS,' Company Flow". Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  5. Huey, Steve. "Funcrusher Plus – Company Flow". AllMusic. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  6. Larkin, Colin (2011). "Company Flow". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  7. Weiss, Jeff (May 7, 2009). "Album Review: Company Flow's 'Funcrusher Plus' reissue". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  8. Ashon, Will (August 1997). "Company Flow: Funcrusher Plus (Official/Rawkus)". Muzik (27): 125.
  9. Moody, Paul (September 27, 1997). "Company Flow – Funcrusher Plus". NME. Archived from the original on August 17, 2000. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  10. Patrin, Nate (May 15, 2009). "Company Flow: Funcrusher Plus". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  11. Seward, Scott (2004). "Company Flow". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 187–88. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  12. Hanover, Nick (May 19, 2009). "Company Flow: Funcrusher Plus". Spectrum Culture. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  13. Tompkins, Dave (August 1997). "Lateef and Lyrics Born: Latyrx / Company Flow: Funcrusher Plus". Spin. 13 (5): 116–18. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  14. Dolan, Jon (November 26, 1997). "Company Flow: Funcrusher Plus". City Pages. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  15. Coleman, Brian (September 1997). "Hip-Hop". CMJ New Music Monthly: 51.
  16. Schafer, Joseph (January 29, 2014). "El-P Albums From Worst To Best - Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus (1997)". Stereogum. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  17. Linhardt, Alex (November 17, 2003). "Top 100 Albums of the 1990s (2/8)". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  18. "The 100 best indie hip-hop records of all time (98/101)". Fact. February 25, 2015. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  19. "Company Flow - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
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