Can Ox’s Cold Vein had a lasting, defining impression on me as a rap/hip-hop fan. So much so, that it completely changed both how I listened to music and what “type” of rap/hip-hop I gravitated towards. I use the term “type” loosely because I’m not a terribly big fan of labels on top of labels on top of genres and sub-genres. If you want to call your type of music Underground Progressive Trap Emo Dub-Step, I’m not going to get in your way. But as long as it’s concise and well thought out and crafted and original, I’ll be all about it.
When I learned Can ‘O was out touring this past year and hitting the studio together for the first time in years, as Cannibal Ox, I was elated beyond words. And I knew I wouldn’t get that post-hype-late-career bad taste in my mouth that my Wu-Tang heroes have been doing to me over the past few years; Ghost, Rae and Deck’s work on Czarface notwithstanding. Something inside my bald, pale frame told me this new Can Ox work wouldn’t disappoint.
And after a little sneaky internet placement, Can Ox gives us a snippet into the future with this 3-track album, Gotham. Being sold for two and a half Euros on the Bandcamp of Belowsystem, it’s no wonder the internet isn’t waxing poetic. But it was a very nice surprise when I came across it. Shout out to Culture King for bringing it to my attention (bloggers be bloggin’). Without further nonsense, press play and/or dig into your couch for some Euros my geniuses:
Bill Cosmiq isn’t early El-P, but he’s not claiming to be either. I fucks with this. Can’t wait for more.