Cannibal Ox

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Cannibal Ox
Cannibal Ox.jpg
Vast Aire (left) and Vordul Mega (right)
Background information
Also known as Can Ox
Origin Harlem, New York, United States
Genres Underground hip hop, alternative hip hop
Years active 1998-Present
Labels IGC/iHipHop Distribution
Associated acts El-P
Members Vast Aire
Vordul Mega

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


In 2001, Cannibal Ox released the first album The Cold Vein on Definitive Jux. It 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 decade 2000-2010.[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 won't ever be a can ox album produced by me again." [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]

On November 15, 2012, Cannibal Ox confirmed that they’re finally ready to release a follow-up to their 2001 album, The Cold Vein.

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.

On April 16, 2013, Cannibal Ox's EP "Gotham" went on sale.[8] The 3 track album contains new songs produced by Bill Cosmiq:[9] Gotham (Ox City), Gasses in Hell (Inhale), Psalm 82.

The second album will be called Blade of the Ronin and will drop on March 3, 2015 under iHipHop Distribution. Bill Cosmiq will produce the majority of the album.[10]


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)


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  6. ^ "El-P Facebook". Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Vast Aire Song Feature". Retrieved $1 $2. 
  8. ^ [6][dead link]
  9. ^ Andrew Martin (2013-04-05). "Stream Cannibal Ox’s Comeback Single ‘Gotham’". Retrieved 2015-02-19. 
  10. ^ "Cannibal Ox - Blade Of The Ronin - tracklisting, buy, cover art". Retrieved 2015-02-19. 
  11. ^ Baker, Soren (2013-10-25). "Cannibal Ox's Sophomore Album Arriving In 2014 | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2015-02-19. 
  12. ^ "VAST AIRE on Twitter: "New Cannibal Ox Lp "Blade of the Ronin" due later this year #IGC #CrimsonGodz #Ihiphop"". 2014-08-04. Retrieved 2015-02-19. 

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