Company Flow was an American hip hop trio from Brooklyn, New York City, consisting of Bigg Jus, El-P and Mr. Len.

Company Flow
(left to right) El-P, Bigg Jus and Mr. Len
(left to right) El-P, Bigg Jus and Mr. Len
Background information
OriginBrooklyn, New York City, United States
GenresUnderground hip hop, Alternative hip hop
Years active1992–2001, 2007, 2011, 2012
LabelsRawkus
Past membersEl-P
Bigg Jus
Mr. Len

The group was at one time associated with the independent record label Rawkus Records. Rapper/producer El-P and DJ/producer Mr. Len founded the group in 1992 in Queens, New York where rapper/producer Bigg Jus later joined.

History Edit

Founding members El-P and Mr. Len met when the latter was hired to perform as a DJ at the former's 18th birthday party. The two quickly became friends and formed Company Flow in 1993. They released their first single, "Juvenile Techniques" later the same year.[1] After El-P was introduced to Bigg Jus by underground rapper and indie label owner ANTTEX, the trio then released their debut EP, Funcrusher, on their own label Official Recordings in 1995.[2] A follow-up single, "8 Steps to Perfection" was put out in 1996. Subject to a major label bidding war on Libra Records, Company Flow waited until they could get a contract on their own terms. They eventually signed to Rawkus, and helped revitalize underground rap with labelmates like Mos Def. Their full-length debut album Funcrusher Plus was released in 1997 on Rawkus. After two years of pushing the album and touring, group member Bigg Jus decided to strike out on his own and the group amicably dissolved. El-P and Mr. Len followed up their debut with the instrumental album Little Johnny from the Hospitul: Breaks & Instrumentals Vol.1 (Rawkus).

By 2000, the relationship with Rawkus had disintegrated. The label was accused of neglecting the group's talent and being financially dishonest.[citation needed] The staff was fired shortly before Christmas, and Company Flow announced their departure from Rawkus shortly thereafter.[citation needed] Separately, El-P and Mr. Len ended their own deals with Rawkus, effectively severing the relationship between the three and Rawkus. El-P started his own record label (Definitive Jux) and pursued a solo career before eventually forming Run the Jewels with Killer Mike. Mr. Len has done the same with his (Dummy Smacks Records). Bigg Jus has released work on Big Dada and Mush Records.

Bigg Jus stated in 2006 that he was working on material for a new Company Flow album, suggesting the possibility of the group re-forming.[3] Company Flow reunited for a show on October 19, 2007 in Brooklyn, New York City as well as a show on July 16, 2011,[4] and supported Portishead at the inaugural British 'I'll Be Your Mirror' festival on July 23, 2011.[5]

Company Flow performed their final show as a group at Coachella in 2012.[6]

Discography Edit

Albums and EPs Edit

Album information
Funcrusher
  • Released: 1995[2]
  • Label: Official Recordings
  • Singles: "8 Steps to Perfection"/"Vital Nerve"
Funcrusher Plus
  • Released: July 22, 1997
  • Label: Rawkus Records
  • Singles: "8 Steps to Perfection"/"Vital Nerve", "Population Control", "Blind"/"Tragedy of War (In III Parts)"
Little Johnny from the Hospitul: Breaks & Instrumentals Vol.1

Singles Edit

  • "Juvenile Techniques" (1994)
  • "8 Steps to Perfection" (1996)
  • "Infokill" (1996)
  • "Blind" (1997)
  • "End to End Burners...Episode 1" (1998)
  • "End to End Burners...Episode 2" (1998)
  • "Patriotism" from Soundbombing 2 (1999)
  • "D.P.A. (As Seen on TV)" (2000)

Guest appearances Edit

  • (Compilation - Rawkus Records) - "Lune TNS" from Soundbombing (1997)
  • Boulevard Connection - "Jonny Rookie Card" from Sut Min Pik (1998)
  • 7 Notas 7 Colores - "NYC-BCN" from 77 (1999)
  • Mike Ladd - "Bladerunners" from Welcome to the Afterfuture (1999)
  • The Infesticons - "Night Time Theme" from Gun Hill Road (2000)
  • DJ Krush - "Vision of Art" from Zen (2001)

Compilation appearances Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Company Flow Biography". AllMusic. Goshen: Netaktion LLC.
  2. ^ a b [7][8][9][10]
  3. ^ Chris Ziegler (August 24, 2006). "Sleepers Awake! Bigg Jus and Nikola Tesla and the Lunar Hip-Hop Robot Camera". OC Weekly. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  4. ^ "Company Flow reunion show happening @ Santos w/ The Juggaknots!". BrooklynVegan.com. June 20, 2011. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  5. ^ "Portishead curate ATP's I'll Be Your Mirror in London". FACT Magazine. November 24, 2010. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  6. ^ Wes Woods II (April 23, 2012). "Company Flow gives what group says is last performance at Coachella festival". Daily Bulletin. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  7. ^ Meline, Jaime (El-P) (March 18, 2007). "Indie Rapper Reseizes the Brooklyn Moment: El-P (Jaime Meline)". The New York Times (Interview). Interviewed by Hermes, Will. Archived from the original on June 5, 2015. It did, beginning with Company Flow...The group self-released the 'Funcrusher' EP in 1995, and before long El-P quit his job in the Tower Records mail-order department 'because, y'know, I was a rap star.'
  8. ^ Larkin, Colin, ed. (2016). "El-P". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195313734. Archived from the original on February 1, 2023. Although the producer now says that the Funcrusher EP (1995) and its subsequent extension Funcrusher Plus became 'like monsters', Company Flow provided a potent counterpoint to mainstream hip-hop aesthetics.
  9. ^ Goldsmith, Melissa; Fonseca, Anthony, eds. (2018). "Company Flow". Hip Hop Around the World: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara/California: ABC-Clio. pp. 133–135. ISBN 978-0-313-35758-9. The trio's first EP, Funcrusher (1995) led to a deal with Rawkus Records and the release of the band's debut album
  10. ^ Shapiro, Peter (May 2002). "Invisible Jukebox: El-P". The Wire. No. 219. London: The Wire Magazine Ltd. pp. 20–23. the two released a single, 'Juvenile Techniques', later that year under the name Company Flow. Recruiting rapper Bigg Jus, the new trio released the Funcrusher EP in 1995 on their newly formed label, Official Recordings.

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