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Cannibal Ox – “Harlem Knights” Video

Cannibal Ox are one of those storied rap legends that seem to perpetually hint at greatness. Once, they truly were great, and a slow trickle of follow-ups have had fans ever-hopeful that the Harlem duo of Vast Aire and Vordul Mega would release something that rivaled their sole, iconic album The Cold Vein. Back whe… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 8, 2015 - 11:33 am

Stream Cannibal Ox Blade Of The Ronin

FACT recently put together a fun, fight-starting list of the 100 best underground rap records ever. Up at the #1 spot, they listed The Cold Vein, the 2001 El-P-produced debut from the Harlem duo Cannibal Ox. Can Ox broke up before they got around to making a follow-up, but they’re back together now and about… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Cannibal Ox – “Harlem Knights”

A decade and a half after putting out their celebrated debut album, The Cold Vein, subterranean hip-hop duo Cannibal Ox will drop their second LP, Blade Of The Ronin, on March 3. Lead single “Iron Rose” was a forceful, thumping track complete with a brief but notable appearance by MF Doom. Now, we have “Harlem… More »

By: Patrick Hosken / February 12, 2015 - 5:56 pm

Cannibal Ox – “Iron Rose” (Feat. MF Doom)

The Harlem rap duo Cannibal Ox are back together and getting ready to release Blade Of The Ronin, their first album since the clattering 2001 nerd-rap masterpiece The Cold Vein. The biggest name to kick in a guest-verse on the album is MF Doom, Can Ox’s free-associating backpacker peer from back in the day. (I… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 2, 2015 - 11:16 am

Cannibal Ox Blade Of The Ronin Details

We are living in the era of the out-of-nowhere return, and it looks like Cannibal Ox is next in line. In 2001, the New York rap duo released The Cold Vein, an album of dense and evocative and haunted rap music, one that set the tone for much of the underground rap that followed i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 20, 2015 - 4:33 pm

El-P Albums From Worst To Best

I saw El-P perform live for the first time in 2013. The stage, situated under the I-65 overpass at Louisville, Kentucky’s Forecastle festival, sat a stone’s throw from both the Ohio River and a decoratively beached yacht, so it felt preternaturally appropriate when El stood next to his partner in rhyme, Killer Mike, and rattled… More »

By: Joseph Schafer / January 29, 2014 - 11:31 am

Cannibal Ox – “Gotham”

It’s been 13 years since the New York indie-rap duo released their instant-classic debut album The Cold Vein, and they haven’t dropped anything since. But Can Ox are back together now, and after hitting their fundraising goal on a Kickstarter campaign, they’ve now released their first new music since then. Their “Gotham” maxi-single has three… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 5, 2013 - 5:02 pm

Cannibal Ox @ Knitting Factory, Brooklyn 12/9/12

I should have seen the warning signs from the jump: duo with one classic album and a decade of rumors and unfruitful false starts on a follow-up reunite for a show with sketchy promotion and no sign of the high-profile cosigns that made them famous in the first place. I would have been more angry… More »

By: Skinny Friedman / December 10, 2012 - 4:51 pm

Cannibal Ox Announce Reunion Show

The one proper album released by Cannibal Ox — 2001’s The Cold Vein — stands as one of the best hip-hop albums of the aughts, and maybe the best album ever released on El-P’s Definitive Jux label. (I’d put it at No. 2 after El-Producto’s own I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead, and mention too that… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 12, 2012 - 2:02 pm