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Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein

  • Performer: Cannibal Ox
  • Title: The Cold Vein
  • Genre: Rap
  • Country: US
  • Record source: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
  • Released: 15 May 2001
  • Style: Industrial, Experimental, Hardcore Hip-Hop
  • Label: Def Jux
  • Cat#: DJX07-1
  • MP3 album: 1659 mb
  • FLAC album: 2850 mb
  • Rating: 4.2/5
  • Votes: 405
Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein


1Straight Off The D.I.C.4:17
Featuring – El-P
3Battle For Asgard
Featuring – C-Rayz Walz, L.I.F.E. Long
4Raspberry Fields4:01
5A B-Boy's Alpha
Scratches – paWL
7The F Word5:27
Featuring – Alaska , Cryptic One
9Real Earth3:57
10Stress Rap5:31
11Iron Galaxy
Scratches – Jay Fluid
12Ox Out The Cage3:29


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
IHI-LP-455Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein ‎(4xLP, Album, Dlx, RE, RM, Whi)iHipHop DistributionIHI-LP-455US2013
DJX24El-P Presents Cannibal Ox El-P Presents Cannibal Ox - Cannibal Oxtrumentals ‎(CD, Album)Definitive JuxDJX24US2002
IHI-CD-454Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein - Deluxe Edition ‎(2xCD, Album, Dlx)iHipHop DistributionIHI-CD-454US2013
IHI-LP-455Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein ‎(4xLP, Album, Dlx, RE, RM, RP, Whi)iHipHop DistributionIHI-LP-455US2018
DJX07-2Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein ‎(CD, Album)Def JuxDJX07-2US2001


  • Art Direction, DesignDan Ezra Lang
  • Illustration [Cover Illustrations]Tyson Jones
  • Lacquer Cut ByTippy
  • Mastered ByEmily Lazar
  • Mixed ByEl-P, Matt Quinn (tracks: A3, B1, D2), NASA (tracks: A2 to B2, B4 to D2), Phil Painson (tracks: B2, B4, C1, C3), Vassos (tracks: A1, B3, D3)
  • Producer, Music ByEl-P
  • Recorded ByEl-P (tracks: A2 to B2, B4 to D2), NASA , Vassos (tracks: A1, B3, D3)
  • ScratchesDJ Cip One (tracks: A3, C2, C4)


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Labels: ℗ 2001 Def Jux
Back cover: ℗ Def Jux Recordings


  • Barcode (Text): 6 00308 88241 6
  • Barcode (Scanned): 600308882416
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out area side A [hand-etched]): DJX7-1A Tippy-HFM
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out area side B [hand-etched]): DJX7-1B Hit Factory Mastering
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out area side C [hand-etched]): DJX7-1C T-Tippy-T-Hit Factory Mastering
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out area side D [hand-etched]): DJX7-1D Tippy @ Hit Factory Mastering


  • Record Company – Def Jux
  • Record Company – Ozone Music
  • Published By – Definitive Jux Publishing
  • Published By – Cannibal Ox Publishing
  • Copyright (c) – Def Jux Recordings
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Def Jux Recordings
  • Recorded At – Def Jux
  • Recorded At – Ozone Studios
  • Mixed At – Ozone Studios
  • Mixed At – Def Jux
  • Mixed At – Greene St. Recording
  • Mixed At – The Cutting Room
  • Mastered At – The Lodge, New York
  • Lacquer Cut At – Hit Factory Mastering


Iron Galaxy 2. Ox Out The Cage featuring El-P 3. Atom featuring Alaska and Cryptic One of Atoms Family 4. A B-boy's Alpha scratches by Cold Vein is the debut studio album by American hip hop duo Cannibal Ox. It was produced by El-P and released on his Definitive Jux label on May 15, 2001. The album has since been reissued by iHipHop Distribution. The Cold Vein was the first full-length album to be released on former Company Flow member El-P's newly founded Definitive Jux record label, and its release was preceded by a significant amount of hype, particularly within the hip hop community. In late 2000, a split double vinyl single. Cannibal Ox. The Orchard Music, Quarterlab от лица компании IGC Records, iHipHop Distribution и другие авторские общества 4. The Cold Vein. Released May 15, 2001. The Cold Vein Tracklist. Iron Galaxy Lyrics. The Cold Vein is the debut album of Harlem rap duo Cannibal Ox, released on May 15th 2001. It was the first project released on the Definitive Jux label, owned by El-P, who also produced the album in its entirety. It was supported by only one single, Vein , with A B-Boys Alpha as its b-side. In a 2003 interview with Stylus Magazine, Vast Aire explained the albums title: The Cold Vein is a metaphor that we came up with for adversity. Whenever shit gets real dark when Luke lost his arm and he was hanging on to that little thing he was in the Cold Vein there. It's a bit misleading to harp on the Wu factor that The Cold Vein contains since this record's content is immensely original and the Wu references that seem present are in the enlightened gloomy flow and psychedelic backdrops - not, with all due respect in the kitschy hooks and unfocused rhymes that Wu Tang are also known for. Формируйте собственную коллекцию записей Cannibal Ox. iHipHop Distribution. IHI-CD-454. Продать эту версию. IHI-LP-455. The Cold Vein 4xLP, Album, Dlx, RE, RM, Whi. Cannibal Ox don't have that problem with their debut LP on Def Jux Records, The Cold Vein. Iron Galaxy, which originally appeared in 2000 on a split EP with Company Flow, begins the album. Vast Aire and Vordul rap an abstract refrain, My shell, mechanical found ghost But my ghetto is animal found toast, a taste of the tortured environment they document in their hometown New York City. Vordul grabs the mic and busts for 2xBD minutes, beginning with the end of life and ending with a near-hopeless call for peace. This is the running theme of Cannibal Oxs debut, The Cold Vein. At first glance, its easy to get the impression that The Cold Vein is a expression big city cynicism but this couldnt be farther from the truth. Every track is not just a blur of crumbling, post-apocalyptic beats but rather its crumbling, post-apocalyptic beats superimposed on top of a bleak sense of optimism. Genre: Hip Hop. I've meant to give this album a longer review and give it well deserved exposure, and since I just recommended it to someone I couldn't help but give it a listen and rememeber why I love it so much. And love it so much, I do. Vast and Vordul are such a massive pairing, playing off of each others bars with some of the most intelligent, well articulated, and well timed lyricism in the history of hip hop. The wit and delivery are so crucial to this record, as there isn't a single wasted moment. read more. 10mo. Listen free to Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein Iron Galaxy, Ox Out the Cage and more. 15 tracks 73:49

Reviews of the Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein (14):
Can someone please add the 2018 re-release with the blue and white colored versions?
doesnt Do You
Unquestionably one of the best hip hop albums of all time. From the raw talent and lyrical content on through the delivery of said content by rappers Vast Aire & Vordul, coupled with the spaced-out, hallucinogenic production by EL-P, it is easy to recognize that there is very little, if anything, that could be done to make this album better. A true rap masterpiece.
Hidden Winter
Man, this sounds so good. Much nicer dynamics than the streaming version I got familiar with. Definitely pick this up if you're a fan of this amazing LP.
For some reason I haven't listened to this for a couple of years, but now I'm listening to this on cassette tape on a crappy old 80's Hitachi boombox and it sounds amazing. It actually might even sound better on a boombox. The production is still a couple of galaxies away from everything else. The beats on Pigeon...
Possibly the greatest rap album in existence. You'll hate it at first and then you'll fall in love with it.
I wasn't into much of the Def Jux stuff at the time but as soon as i heard this in 2001 i thought it was amazing and still is. Essential.
Same! Had this on repeat for a while!!! Legendary release if u ask me.
Same here, I bought this immediately upon hearing 'A B-Boy's Alpha' and really wish I had a copy of the vinyl version to this day.
really? Personally, I loved it when I first heard it back in '01, and I still do today! :)
a classic what more can you say its just that ,
One can either love or hate this album, there isn't much room for middle ground. I hated it at first, but after a couple of listens, the album began to grow on me like crazy. CanOx is comprised of two rappers, Vast Aire (my personal favorite of the two) and Vordul, and they are as real as it gets. Vast Aire's metaphors resonate with me. He doesn't use flowery prose or generic rhyme schemes...everything is delivered exactly when he wants, how he wants. I usually hate the grungy, spaced-out electronic beats that El-P provides, but they end up complimenting the duo's gritty style perfectly.El-P is the man behind the production of The Cold Vein, and for an album released in 2001, it was years ahead of it's time - only a genius could've actually wrangled these spacey, rambling sounds together into actual music (and good music at that). This is a truly unique album that deserves the space and attention that it requires to grow into something that your brain doesn't immediately reject. If you do give it a couple of listens and it ends up growing on you, the discomfort will be worth it, I promise.http://keepinmusicclassy.com
After all these years this sounds just as fresh as it did back when I first heard it. This album has inspired me on many levels over the years and will forever be one of my favorites. I walked into a clothing store a few months back and this album was playing...I was caught off guard, because I hadn't listened to it in a while. I got just as excited listening to it, as I did for the first time when I was 18 back in 02. This truly does transcend time and space and will never sound dated. A masterpiece by EL-P, Vast Aire and Vordul Mega. Amazing production and some of the best lyrics I have ever heard. A true work of art.
This album will always hold a special place in my heart because it represents the moment I first started to expand my musical taste and further more; my mind. I remember my friend bringing round a compilation cd which had 'Iron Galaxy' on it. We used to listen to it over and over again, because at that time we had never heard any hiphop song like it. We had never heard of Definitive Jux or El-P for that matter, so we were in awe of the dream like, space age production and deep lyrics. It was then my perception of music changed forever and I explored every avenue of music I could, no matter how bizarre.When I brought the album I was even more amazed than I thought I would be. Every song (Aside from 'Painkillers' as im not particularly fond of it, and feel its slightly out of place) is a work of art; both production wise and lyrically. I'd say this is El-P's masterwork on the production side, because every song keeps the same beautiful space age sound, but at no point does it become samey or boring. Every single song is unique. Its with alot of difficulty that I attempt to pick stand out tracks, due to the quality of every song, but I'll give it a try regardless... First 'A B Boys Alpha' is a truley amazing song, with blissful background atmospherics and piano over a nice beat and other assorted effects and sounds. 'Atom' is a more 'in your face' kind of song, as it avoids the chilled, dream like sound of most of the other tracks in favour of a darker sci fi sound and a heavier beat. 'Scream Phoenix' (which is a hidden track) is down right beautiful, opening with spacey beeps over extremely relaxing background sounds, before a nice laid back guitar kicks in with the beat and other heavenly sounds. Its simply sublime. I could go on and on like this, but I'll leave it there and with this message; If you haven't already heard this album and are after a different take on the usual hiphop out there you'd be doing yourself a great injustice if you ignored this album. Its perhaps one of the best albums I've ever heard, and brings me happiness everytime I put it on. Do not miss out on this.
This is without doubt my favourite hiphop LP. The beats made by El-P are absolutely mindblowing. Equally experimental, abstract and full of hooks, El-Ps production is second to none. Every track is outstanding. The two MCs also deliver some thoughtful poetics over the futrism. I cannot recommend this record enough. Everyone should own it.

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