Hell's Winter

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Hell's Winter
Studio album by Cage
Released September 20, 2005
Recorded 2002-2005
Genre Underground hip hop
Label Definitive Jux
Producer El-P
DJ Shadow
Central Services
Camu Tao
Cage chronology
Movies for the Blind
Hell's Winter
Depart from Me
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars 2005
HipHopDX.com 4.5/5 stars 2005
Pitchfork Media {8.3/10} 2005
Prefix Magazine 9.0/10 stars 2005
RapReviews.com 9.5/10 stars 2005
Stylus Magazine (B-) 2005
The Skinny 4/5 stars link
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars 2005

Hell's Winter is the second full-length solo album by American hip hop artist Cage and his first for the Definitive Jux label. It was released on September 20, 2005 and received very favorable reviews, including a spot in Rhapsody's list of "The 10 Best Albums By White Rappers".[1] This is the first Cage album ever that contains no mention of the word "bitch", nor is there any reference to the long lived feud with Eminem.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer Length
1. "Good Morning" (with additional vocals by El-P, guitar by Matt Sweeney and bass by James McNew) C. Palko, J. Meline El-P 3:48
2. "Too Heavy For Cherubs"   Palko Blockhead, El-P (additional production) 3:36
3. "Grand Ol' Party Crash" (featuring Jello Biafra as "the Dubya") Palko, J. Biafra DJ Shadow 5:01
4. "The Death Of Chris Palko" (featuring Camu Tao) Palko, T. Smith Central Services (El-P and Camu Tao) 3:23
5. "Stripes" (with bass by James McNew) Palko Blockhead, El-P (co-producer) 4:48
6. "Shoot Frank" (featuring Daryl Palumbo) Palko, D. Palumbo RJD2 4:22
7. "Scenester"   Palko Blockhead 3:50
8. "Perfect World"   Palko Central Services (El-P and Camu Tao) 3:40
9. "Subtle Art Of The Breakup Song"   Palko El-P 3:07
10. "Peeranoia"   Palko paWL 3:39
11. "Left It To Us" (featuring El-P, Aesop Rock, Tame One and Yak Ballz of The Weathermen) Palko, Meline, I. Bavitz, R. Brown, Y. Zadeh Camu Tao 3:30
12. "Public Property"   Palko Camu Tao 3:52
13. "Lord Have Mercy"   Palko El-P 3:24
14. "Hell's Winter"   Palko El-P 5:09

The samples of the menacing voice saying "Beware, I live!", "I hunger", "Run, coward!", and "Beware, coward!" in the song "Grand Ol' Party Crash" are from the 1982 arcade game Sinistar. "Stripes" samples King Crimson's Epitaph (from the band's 1969 album "In the Court of the Crimson King") and Richard Nixon's 1974 resignation speech.[2]

Limited Edition[edit]

Hell's Winter is also available as a "Limited Edition" 2-disc set. Disc 2 is an instrumental version of the complete album. It also features a computer software program called UMIXIT by Cakewalk. The program allows the user to remix two songs from Hell's Winter.


  • Executive Producer: El-P
  • Recording: NASA
  • Mixing: Joey Raia
  • Mastering: Ken Heitmueller
  • Business Affairs: Amaechi Uzoigwe
  • Project Coordination: Ese
  • Photography: Nairobi Morgan
  • Design & Artwork: Kiku

External links[edit]


  1. ^ The 10 Best Albums By White Rappers Referenced 26 July 2010
  2. ^ Video on YouTube