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Cold Vein Import
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|1. Iron Galaxy|
|2. Ox Out the Cage|
|3. Atom (with Alaska & Cryptic Of Atoms)|
|4. A B-Boys Alpha|
|5. Raspberry Fields|
|6. Straight Off The D.I.C.|
|8. The F-Word|
|9. Stress Rap|
|10. Battle For Asgard (with L.I.F.E. Long & C-Rayz Walz Of Stronghold)|
|11. Real Earth|
|12. Ridiculoid (with el-P)|
When Vast Aire, Vordul Mega, and producer El-P created Cannibal Ox's seminal debut The Cold Vein, few could have foreseen the musical dexterity that would have been embodied on this now classic release. Upon it's release, Pitchfork exclaimed, The Cold Vein is going to be on everybody's year end list of the best underground hip-hop. Not only was this prediction correct, but The Cold Veinwould go on to be cemented as a classic album, earning spots on numerous top album lists of that year and even top album lists of the decade. With undeniable production and word play that Stylus Magazine declares shows the potential for hip-hop lyrics to work on many levels as the finest English poetry, it's no wonder that fans, new and old cannot get enough of The Cold Vein. After years of being out-of-print and pent-up demand, the group is giving the fans what they want by reissuing their magnum opus. For the first time ever, the album will be digitally remastered so listeners can experience the witty metaphors of Vast Aire and Vordul Mega over the instrumentation of El-P like never before. The album will also be released as double-disc, with a bonus instrumental version of the album.
Cannibal Ox's Vast Aire Kramer and Vordul Megala Shamar have struck a cold vein in hip-hop and come up with digital gold. Digging for dignity in an iron galaxy, to raise human tragedy beyond the small black print of the crime pages, these rap Vikings write rhymes in the blood of the slain, spit-sacred thought in the service of salvation. With production by Company Flow's El-P (who also appears on the group's ghetto-vaudeville theme tune "Ox out the Cage" and the industry-sniping "Ridiculoid"), the backdrop to their rap reality-myth is a drone-heavy matrix of gritty, atomised funk and reconstructed beats. Alaska and Cryptic of Atoms Family (the larger group to whom Can Ox pledge allegiance) guest on "Atom", colliding with their compadres like charged molecules. While on "A B-Boy's Alpha" Vast and Vordul present a rugged primer to the strife life. Powered by a paralysing banshee-wail, "Raspberry Fields" douses the Beatles with brown acid and dumps them on the baddest corner on the block for a battle to the death with the flesh-eating MCs. Closer "Pigeon" unlocks the rock box, pitching bowed electric guitar with redemptive organ chords, while Vast takes flight with words that lick the air with violence and Vordul spreads melanin wings to shield his fellow warriors from horror. No bad blood here, just cold veins locked in pitched battle to rend the world from the grip of iron, and release its populous like ions. --Chris Campion
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Artists hardly reach the level that these rappers do, this is not your average rap. This is the definition of ill rap, intellect, wit, fury, rawness and overall beauty in displaying their feelingsin the space of 60 odd minutes. £15 does not some up the price of this emotional treasure.
Buy it and Breathe.
Seriously though, this album fixes all of the problems that non-rap fans have with rap.
The production on this album is incredible. It's the sound of heavy metal bands playing through broken instruments on the tops of skyscrapers while the toxic fog suffocates all who stand below and space aliens shoot out lazer beams that turn the sky fluorescent purple. I suppose that's an overstatement, but not by much. The production style has, however, been very controversial among music fans. Some, like me, say that it is groundbreaking and innovative. A few say that this is just a bunch of noise.
If this is the first rap album you ever listen to, you will feel a little funny about the rapping no matter what. After a little while, you'll realize that the rapping on this album is better than ninety nine percent of all other rap albums. The style seems almost like ten rap songs going on at once, and the rappers pick which one of those songs they want to rap for the next few seconds before picking another. Even if you aren't completely loving it, the rapping seems to be kind of a compliment to the production, and vice versa.
Another thing to consider is that a lot of the rap fans I know, who listen to all the rap you hate, have been almost hostile towards this album.
From the menacing opening beeps of Iron Galaxy to the feel-good coda of Scream Phoenix, Vordul Megala and Vast Aire Kramer rip on more levels than any debut I can think of. Not even Public Enemy or Tribe came out this strong.
One thing that makes this album brilliant is the complementary but different styles between Vordul and Vast Aire. The former employs a quick flow predicated on internal rhymes and sick imagery, as in "murderers is like handles that clap sandals
hand sand off tools and I can't stand on two (ridiculoid). It's almost like Illmatic-era Nas on meth...but better.
Vast Aire uses a slower flow filled with puns and analogies. He sounds like the guy who hustles at the pool hall, and beats you down when you don't pay up quickly. On paper, a line like "you were a stillborn baby. mother didn't want you, but you were still born...(iron galaxy)" but coming from this guy's mouth it sounds deep, fresh, and intelligent, in other words, real as real gets.
Another thing that vaults this project into the Vallhala of hip-hop is EL-P's ridiculous beats. Not to play the race card, but there are not many white guys on this planet who understand the funk like EL-P. Thing is, EL strains his funk through a messy Black Sabbath come Blade Runner thing...which, again, sounds a little strange on paper, but you're ears will understand, and the Cold Vein will change your life. I'd also highly recommend grabbing EL-P's 2002 masterstroke, Fantastic Damage.
All the songs are good but Iron Galaxy, B-Boy Alpha, Straight off the DIC, and the F Word are some of the better ones. The guests on Asgard are good even though the carnival music can get on some peoples nerves. So listen to the samples and then buy this cd and listen to it over and over...
Most recent customer reviews
All in all this has been my favorite album for a very long time now for a couple of reasons.
1. The beats dont get stale, they always sound fresh and complex. Read more
BUY this Cannibal OX album immediately if you like real hip hop..This is an album you can listen to over and over and even 10 years from now Im sure.. Read morePublished on May 21 2004 by rmc
This record is awesome. I don't really buy much hip hop records and only have been for three or four years but after listening to this one from a friend I bought the first copy I... Read morePublished on April 28 2004 by blackholesun
What more can be said about this album? I mean, it's been nearly three years since its release and only a handful of albums have even come close to measuring up. Read morePublished on April 9 2004 by Exxxxx
I've purchased almost every singe def jux album I can get my hands on. Cannibal Ox/The Cold Vein was the first album I bought on the Def Jux label. Read morePublished on March 24 2004 by B. Morrow
i have the first feedback for the ides of 2004. "atom" banging right now...that fade synth is timewarp style, break the down the typical bar structure, crazy dope. Read morePublished on March 4 2004 by equinoise
This is one of the best undergound albums that I have ever peeped out. Most of the tracks are composed of deep basslines and sublime synths that compliment each other all over the... Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2004 by Gregoe Baners
Wow! This CD is amazing in every way. The production, the lyrics, the flow, the material, everything about this is album flawless. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2004 by warrior33
El-p's definitive jux lable strikes another home run with indie hip-hop listeners as Can Ox's full length debut; The Cold Vein is nothing short of remarkable (although sometimes... Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by N3R0