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Cannibal Ox ~ Cold Vein
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
Top Customer Reviews
Put simply, this is without a doubt one of the best albums I own, certainly the best hip-hop album. It's worth buying for 'Iron Galaxy' alone - surely the best intro to any hip-hop album ever?
Calling it a genius, monumental, genre-redefining piece of art is no exaggeration; the drony, inspired production by El-P is futuristic and yet, sounds so deep and earth-shattering as if it's been around forever, waiting for you to catch on; the beats are really tastefully chopped up and rearranged; Vaudel and Vast's rhymes and subject matter are based on their real experiences of living in NYC, but are expansive and intelligent and thought-provoking enough for anyone to get into..and their different styles do indeed perfectly compliment each other.
"Put a mic in front of me, and I'm gonna bless it,
hummingbird style, seventy times in one second."
All great art is hard to put into words so I'll shut up now and just say: "BUY THIS NOW!".
Ok. Lyrically, this thing is up there with the best. In fact its beyond that - this thing is lyrically 10 levels (at least) above the best rap album you've ever listened to - believe me. If Shakespear or Wordsworth rapped, they'd produce lyrical poetry like this. Examples:
"Birds of the same feather flock together/conjested on a majestic street corner/thats a short time goal for most of em cos most of em would rather flap they wings and hover over greater things" - Pigeon
"Im not made of organics/not even wires/and to the common fowl the phoenix is sire/most highest of all things to ever have wings" - Scream Phoenix
"Im not greedy but to hold your heart I gotta put my hand in.....this is more than just a song/and when he's treating you wrong im more than just a shoulder to cry on" - The F Word
Production? El-P - the greatest producer in hip-hop today BAR NONE. Forget avarage beats here: strings, electro, funk, piano, Beatles samples ('Strawberry Fields' meets acid beats!) - this album rocks.
Buy this album now. Its flawless. 'The F-Word' is enough to make anyone cry if they've ever been unlucky in love. 'Pigeon' and 'Scream Phoenix' can lift even the most depressed heart out of darkness. 'B-boys Alpha' and 'Ridiculoid' just stomp effortlessly.
Albums like this come along once a lifetime if you're lucky. Capture it now. Its albums like this that defy genres, make you passionate about music again and make me wish that Amazon would allow me to give marks out of a hundred - but it still wouldnt be enough.
Vast Aire and Vordul Megalah introduce a New York that the listener may have forgotten existed after so many bourgeois releases by the likes of The Strokes. As early as three minutes into the first track, Vast Aire gives the listener an idea of the exactly how dire their situation is, "Boy meets world? Of course his Pop's is gone, what you figure? / that chalky outline on the ground is a father-figure." It is the grim position that Cannibal Ox find themselves in that dominates the album, on 'Stress Rap' they admit, "You love New York / But New York don't love you." A sample is played mid-way through the opening track reminding the listener that, "You are one of the few predator species that preys even on itself."
However, this isn't a cynical attempt at proving they are from some rough streets in an endeavour to add some B Boy posturing. Cannibal Ox describe themselves, and others in their position as 'pigeons', feeding off scraps of pizza crust.Read more ›
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An underground classic spacey beats and tight rhymes. This is the realist album you'll ever hear.Published 1 month ago by simon wilson
If you like hip hop you need to buy this. It may take a while to warm on you if you're used to smooth rap and traditional beats, but it'll be worth it. Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2012 by M. J. O'Connell
Imagine all of your very very best hip-hop collection in a major car crash.. ball of flames.. dead forever. Who did this??? CANNIBAL OX did this. This thing is beyond jaw-droppingPublished on 28 Dec. 2009 by richie k
From the outset this album is jammed full of witty and sharp rhymes that never descend into the expected contrived cliches territory that unhappily dominates a wide area of hip... Read morePublished on 8 Dec. 2009 by Phurious
Initially I found the unorthodox layered beats on The Cold Vein too much to take in. However, when I sat down one afternoon and listened to the whole album properly I realised... Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2006 by J. Stocks
I would describe this album as first of all a classic,second of all as dope.When I say it has intangible dopeness i mean that it is a dopeness that you cannot explain. Read morePublished on 14 July 2006 by Brucepapoose
this is one of the best albums ,it has ill rhyme flavors and heavy orginal production by in my opinion the best producer in the game [el-p]it is so amazing that my vocabulary aint... Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 2005
I bought this album only because i wanted something new to listen to, with this album getting five star reviews on here and it being on everybodys best of hip hop lists, i decided... Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2004 by F. Dean
I bought this album alongside MF Doom's operation doomsday, and i listened to them both quicky through and at first i liked them both, on a par, maybe i liked doom a bit better. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2004 by Russ