The Cold Vein

Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein
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Based on 6 reviews
2001 Ratings: #9 / 171
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Based on 93 ratings
2001 Ratings: #7
May 15, 2001 / Release Date
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liammenzies
56
‪Besides some occasionally good production from El-P and a nice line here or there, this record did nothing for me. The F-Word is the only song that stood out to me so yeah, a fairly disappointing release in my view.‬
CuckBoi5000
99
One of the greatest achievements in rap history (I did a full length review of this on RHHA if you want more in depth thoughts)
TheBravesDH
90
Def Jux came into the world with a bang. How high does El-P rank among the most important figures in underground hip-hop history? Gotta be pretty damn high. His production is god-tier across this whole thing. Vast and Vordul are both solid lyricists and fantastic rappers. It has aged better than a lot of hip-hop from the era.
MasterCrackfox
97
What has lived on for the past few years as my favorite hip-hop album of all time, this has everything that I want out of the genre and more. This is an absolute classic that I will always highly recommend to someone who hasn't discovered much from the underground scene.

Favorite track: Ox Out Of the Cage
90
= 90.6 =

Blessed with El-P's production, it really wouldn't matter what Vast Aire and Vordul Mega did with their lines on this album because it would still be excellent. Of course they've both absolutely nailed it and the result is one of the most sublime hip hop albums I've ever heard. The lyrical content on this album is general exceptionally, but it takes a few times to pick up on most of them because the so smoothly run along the beats that it almost feels like they're just another layer ... read more
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Track List

  1. Iron Galaxy
  2. Ox out the Cage
  3. Atom (feat. Alaska & Cryptic)
  4. A B-Boy's Alpha
  5. Raspberry Fields
  6. Straight off the D.I.C.
  7. Vein
  8. The F-Word
  9. Stress Rap
  10. Battle for Asgard (feat. L.I.F.E. Long & C-Rayz Walz)
  11. Real Earth
  12. Ridiculoid (feat. EL-P)
  13. Painkiller
  14. Pigeon
  15. Scream Phoenix
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