Sunday, October 6, 2013

Cannibal Ox

I've been surprised by the information I've found on El-P. When I first listened to Run The Jewels his name meant nothing to me, but he's been in the game for a while. He first gained fame in the Hip-Hop community when his group Company Flow released their 1996 album Funcrusher. After an disagreement with his label, he left and started his own known as Definitive Jux. The Cold Vein was the first major release of the label. 

Of course, the album was entirely produced by El-P and is what established him as one of the most prominent producers in the game. The combination of his beats and the incredible lyricism is the reason for The Cold Vein's legacy The album was pretty popular when it was first released, but it gained more and more respect over time. It has been hailed as the #5 Hip-Hop album of the decade by Rhapsody and the #152 album of the decade by Pitchfork. It's been called one of the best independent Hip-Hop albums ever and is also often compared to the Wu-Tang Clan's masterpiece 36 Chambers. The album was released in 2001 and the duo hasn't released another one since, but that is set to change. They released a 3 song EP earlier this year and are planning a full length album. I'm only posting this one song, but you should definitely give the entire album a listen.  

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