Cannibal Ox, the underground NYC rap duo whose 2001 debut The Cold Vein was the inspiration for this blog’s very name, have announced the details of their long-awaited sophomore effort. Blade Of The Ronin will be released March 3, and feature appearances by MF DOOM, U-God, Elzhi, and Artifacts. MCs Vordul Megilah and Vast Aire emerged as part of New York rap’s vanguard after the now-classic The Cold Vein, produced by fellow NYC hip-hop hero El-P.
As much as their rhymes convey the realities of day-to-day life in Harlem, they also have a flair for the mythic and the epic—themes that seem like they could be equally important on Blade Of The Ronin (a Wu-Tang-esque samurai reference). Taking El-P’s place is producer Bill Cosmiq, who created the beat for Cannibal Ox’s most recent release “Gotham” (which will appear on the record).
Listen to 2013’s Gotham “maxi-single” below, and read our interview with Vast Aire here.
Here’s the full tracklist:
1. Cipher Unknown (Intro)
2. Opposite of Desolate ft. Double A.B.
3. Psalm 82
4. The Power Cosmiq ft. Kenyattah Black
5. Blade: The Art of Ox ft. Artifacts & U-God (of Wu-Tang Clan)
6. Pressure of Survival (Skit)
7. Carnivorous ft. Elzhi & Bill Cosmiq
8. Thunder In July ft. Space, Swave Sevah & Elohem Star
10. The Horizon (Interlude)
11. Harlem Knights
12. Sabertooth ft. Irealz & Bill Cosmiq
13. Iron Rose ft. MF Doom
14. Solar System (Cosmos) (Skit)
15. The Fire Rises
16. Gotham (Ox City)
17. Unison (Skit)
18. Vision ft. The Quantum