Cannibal Ox is an American hip hop duo from Harlem, New York, United States. It consists of Vast Aire and Vordul Mega, often accompanied by DJ Cip-One.

Cannibal Ox
Also known asCan Ox
OriginHarlem, New York, United States
GenresHip hop, alternative hip hop
Years active1998–present
LabelsDefinitive Jux, IGC Records/iHipHop Distribution
MembersVast Aire
Vordul Mega

History Edit

In 2001, Cannibal Ox released their first album The Cold Vein on Definitive Jux, which was the label's first full-length studio album. The Cold Vein received positive reviews from critics and put the duo in the underground hip hop spotlight, and has since been described as one of the best rap albums of the 2000s.[1][2]

In 2003, the group was rumored to have disbanded. However, fellow Definitive Jux rapper Murs said "Can Ox is not broken up, it's just a rumor" between tracks on fellow Definitive Jux rapper Aesop Rock's album Bazooka Tooth.

November 2005 brought the release of the live album Return of the Ox: Live at CMJ with a statement in the liner notes hinting at a Cannibal Ox LP to be released summer of 2006. Supposedly, RZA, Pete Rock and El-P were set to contribute. However, the alleged album was never released.

In March 2007, El-P answered "I really doubt it" when asked if a new Cannibal Ox album was coming out anytime in the near future.[3] That same year, Vast Aire confirmed that he was no longer working with Definitive Jux, that he left The Weathermen, and that plans for a new Cannibal Ox LP were scrapped. He cited creative and financial differences with El-P and Definitive Jux as well as Vordul's alleged clinical depression.[4]

In January 2008, Vast Aire plugged a project entitled Mighty Joseph with rapper Karniege and spoke about future projects in the works. When asked about his relationship with Vordul, he confirmed Vordul as a feature on his upcoming solo LP Deuces Wild. Vast Aire was later featured on Vordul's album Megagraphitti.[5]

After many requests for him to produce a second Can Ox album, El-P stated on May 28, 2011 via his Facebook page that "there wont ever be a can ox album produced by me again and thats a fact."[6]

On May 31, 2011 Vast Aire released a solo record titled Ox 2010: A Street Odyssey. Vordul is featured in the song "Thor's Hammer."[7]

Vast Aire revealed, “We never broke up, but the timing is now right for a new Cannibal Ox LP. Iron Galaxy Records is about to take over.” He also confirmed that he and Vordul Mega are in the studio now working on the album.[8]

On April 16, 2013, Cannibal Ox's EP "Gotham" went on sale.[9] The 3-track album contains new songs produced by Bill Cosmiq:[10] Gotham (Ox City), Gasses in Hell (Inhale), Psalm 82.

Their second album, Blade of the Ronin, was released on March 3, 2015 under iHipHop Distribution to favorable reviews.[11] Bill Cosmiq produced the majority of the album.[12]

Discography Edit

Studio albums
  • Gotham (Deluxe LP Edition) (2013)
Live albums
  • Return of the Ox: Live at CMJ (2005)
  • "Iron Galaxy / DPA (As Seen on T.V.)" (2000) (with Company Flow)
  • "Vein / A B-Boy's Alpha" (2001)
  • "The F Word" (2001)
  • "Cosmos / Streets Be Testin' You" (2003) (with Invisible)
  • "Gotham" (2013)
  • "Metal Ox" (2021)
  • "Raspberry Jelly" (Ft Double A.B.)(2021)
  • "Da Supafriendz (2022) with MF DOOM

References Edit

  1. ^ [1] Archived November 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ [2] Archived September 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ [3] Archived September 30, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Twin Cities Hip Hop • Index page". Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. Retrieved April 16, 2008.
  5. ^ [4] Archived October 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "El-P Facebook". Archived from the original on 2022-02-26. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Vast Aire Song Feature". Archived from the original on 2015-02-19. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Cannibal Ox Talk New Album, El-P & More". 13 March 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  9. ^ [5][dead link]
  10. ^ Andrew Martin (2013-04-05). "Stream Cannibal Ox's Comeback Single 'Gotham'". Retrieved 2015-02-19.
  11. ^ "Reviews for Blade of the Ronin by Cannibal Ox - Metacritic". Metacritic.
  12. ^ "Blade of the Ronin - Cannibal Ox". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 29, 2015.

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