Fantastic Damage is the first solo studio album by American hip hop artist El-P. It was released through Definitive Jux on May 14, 2002. It peaked at number 198 on the Billboard 200 chart. Music videos were created for “Stepfather Factory” and “Deep Space 9mm”.
Fandam Plus: Instrumentals, Remixes, Lyrics & Video was released through Definitive Jux on October 1, 2002.
The majority of Fantastic Damage was made after the breakup of El-P’s previous group Company Flow. It took over a year and a half recording the album. Public Enemy was a big influence on El-P’s production style on the album. There are references to Philip K. Dick and George Orwell on the album; they influenced El-P’s worldview and lyrics.
Steve Huey of AllMusic wrote, “Fantastic Damage constitutes some of the most challenging, lyrically dense hip-hop around, assembled by one of the genre’s true independent mavericks.”Kathryn McGuire of Rolling Stone called it “a heavy, turbulent affair.”
Pitchfork placed Fantastic Damage at number 11 on its list of the top albums of 2002, while Spin placed it at number 27 on its list of the year’s best albums. In 2015, Fact placed it at number 21 on its “100 Best Indie Hip-Hop Records of All Time” list