Wired recently caught up with underground Hip Hop legend El-P while attending SXSW. During the interview, the Company Flow alum talked about his upcoming fifth solo album Cancer For Cure, due out this May 22 on Fat Possum.

El-Producto explained the recording process that went into his first album as a rapper/producer since 2007’s I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead. He said that he essentially disappears from the world of music while recording his own solo music so that he can best convey his vision.

“I kind of just disappear into a hole and try and come out with [something],” he said. “I do a lot of production for other people, but with these records, they’re so fully me.”

El-P also spoke on Cure For Cancer‘s collaborations, featuring the likes of Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Danny Brown, his R.A.P. Music partner Killer Mike and the lead singer of rock group Interpol Paul Banks. He explained that he is always open to collaborate with a variety of different artists, but that if the collab doesn’t work, he’d have no qualms about scratching it.

“I describe [collaborations] as being the gay dog in ‘South Park’ theory, where they got George Clooney to bark as the gay dog,” he noted. “I collaborate with people who are around me and who I like, but…if it doesn’t fit, I won’t do it.”

Check out the full interview below.

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