If alternative hip hop ever went looking for heroes, it could have thrown a rock and hit two of them on Saturday night when producer/rapper EL-P and MC Killer Mike packed the Trocadero.
Not to be confused with progressive-rock elders ELP (Emerson Lake and Palmer), the Brooklyn-raised Jaime Meline has been making noncommercial, noisily low-fidelity music with harsh lyrics since the 1990s with his Company Flow trio. After going solo, he put his money where his mouth was in the early 2000s when he started the Def Jux label and released equally adventurous offerings such as Aesop Rock and Philly's RJD2. In 2012, EL-P proved his commitment to aggressive alternative hop by releasing his own best work in years, Cancer 4 Cure, as well as producing and yapping on Killer Mike's mouthy masterpiece, R.A.P. Music.