El-P (born Jaime Meline and originally known as El Producto) is a heavyweight producer-turned-rapper with over two decades working in the music industry. Growing up as the son of the jazz pianist Harry Keyes, young El-P was inspired to pursue a career in music of his own. That passion was congealed even more so after being expelled from several schools in New York City for having an issue with authority. The Brooklyn-born artist first got his start with Company Flow, a duo he formed alongside Mr. Len and later Bigg Jus, going on to secure a label deal with Rawkus Records and releasing their full-length debut Funcrusher Plus in 1997. Following a series of headaches at the label, El-P broke away to form his own imprint Definitive Jux, securing critically acclaimed releases such as Aesop Rock‘s Labor Days and Cannibal Ox‘s The Cold Vein (which El-P also produced), allowing the label to Rise to prominence. Balancing his career as both the head of the independent label and as a solo artist proved to work in El-P’s favor, with his work ethic mixed with his hunger for creating music helping to sculpt his reputation as an innovative creator and businessman. As a producer, El-P is revered for his futuristic tendencies, drawing from his love for lo-fi sounds and his jazz influences alike. As a lyrical force, the rapper often questions the status quo and explores themes of existentialism, politics, paranoia, the nature of reality, and other topics commonly found in science fiction. With his latest venture Run the Jewels—supergroup formed along with Killer Mike in 2013—elevating his career to newfound levels of success, El-P is regarded as one of hip-hop’s most vibrant and brilliant contributors.