That Paincave Kid talk
El says “I design kill pain cave penmanship” on Aesop Rock’s “Rickety Rackety.” Both lines refer to his music-making process, often alone in his apartment, as a cathartic one.
The “paincave” is a metaphor El throws around a lot. It refers to a mental state where you kinda climb into a hole of depression or whatever. Paincave kid talk would just be talk that’s pessimistic or negative. “at the end of the painbow” is along these lines.
In El’s own words in an interview with Urban Smarts:
“It was like a private joke between me and my friends. You know that dark, horrible place, where you can’t see an escape, a place everyone goes to but no one has a word for? No one could make it a noun, so that was kind of a joke with us”
Update! El has been caught! “Pain Cave” is a song that was on Wayne’s World. El-P is great, but he didn’t come up with this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oAIh8BpGec
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