“I’m a petal from an iron rose/My kung-fu is the iron robe,” Vast Aire raps on “Iron Rose.” From his animated bars to Vordul Mega’s calculated, piercing lyrics, Can Ox proves the Iron Galaxy Clique is back and stronger than ever. As their new album, Blade of the Ronin, continues to spread like an iron eagle, Can Ox proves they can pick up where they left off with their critically-acclaimed debut Cold Vein, an album that continues to garner praise even fourteen years after its release date. While Vast Aire and Vordul Mega purused solo careers, it wasn’t enough for Can Ox fans. There’s something about that IGC chemistry. Sonically, it’s a new time and a new sound for Cannibal Ox. There’s no more spacy El-P-produced bangers like there was on Cold Vein. Instead, the duo enlisted producer Bill Cosmiq to handle the sounds on Blade of the Ronin, with the exception of Black Milk, who produced “Blade: The Art of Ox.” Before heading out to Chicago for a show, Vast Aire takes some time to chop it up with ProfileWild about coming back together with Vordul, why Can Ox is so beloved by fans and the praises only grow larger over time, reflect on Cold Vein, remember Camu Tao, what it’d be if he ran into El-P and Cage today, and drop a dope acapella that you should recognize to close out the interview.
- Newsposted November 3, 2014 / No Comments
I still remember copping the Outkast Greatest Hits in high school and going straight to “The Whole World” and losing my mind. Dre and Big Boi murked their verses until Killer Mike came on and did to them what Freeway did to Jay and Beans on “1-900 Hustler.” “Playa, I grind/My focus is crime/Raw with the rhyme/Slick with the slime” is all it took for me to ride with Killer Mike through whatever (except that “A.D.I.D.A.S.”). I can even remember his jaw-dropping performance at Smoking Grooves in ‘02 when Outkast started “The Whole World” and no one knew if Killer Mike had got on the bus or they were just going to skip through his verse and just when it looked like they’d left him in the ATL, he comes barrelling out from backstage with the mic in hand, tearing through his verse with a sense of urgency like his life depended on it.
And shit, I’m from the ‘burbs. Of course I came up on Co Flow and Funcrusher Plus. I can’t even get started on Can Ox and Cold Vein. Def Jux will forever have a special place in my heart.
I love hip-hop. Always have. Not many writers out there have a decade-plus in the game and in that decade I’ve been to a lot of shows. Some really great ones, and some that I’m still trying to block from memory like those girls with that cup shit. And it’s not always the artists that are the problem. Sometimes they definitely are, but it’s usually the forgettable opening acts. Sometimes it’s the fans, like that one dude in front of me at an Immortal Technique show headnodding and pumping his fist to “Dance with the Devil.” Dude like that probably gets hype watching Titanic. But I also didn’t rush to get to the venue. Had some more important things going on, like my three year-old not being able to sleep. By the time I got to the spot, I’d missed the Despot performance, which was supposedly dope, but I caught RATKING, more limited by their acoustics than anything else.
Black dude walks on stage to help set up after Ratking. He’s stocky. Crowd thinks he’s Killer Mike. They cheer. Oops.
- Newsposted June 23, 2014 / No Comments
The now legendary pairing of El-P and Killer Mike, aka Run The Jewels, have announced several headlining shows in August, bolstering a set of previously confirmed festival appearances into a proper West Coast tour. In addition to their coveted appearances at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Music Fest Northwest, the Denver stop of Mad Decent Block Party and FYF Fest, the duo have added headlining shows in Chicago, Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton.
El-P and Killer Mike recently announced that they’ll be releasing a follow-up album to 2013′s universally acclaimed self-titled album on Fool’s Gold, with the first single set to premiere on Adult Swim’s Single Series in early Fall.
RUN THE JEWELS TOUR DATES:
SAT 8/2 CHICAGO, IL Double Door
SUN 8/3 CHICAGO, IL Lollapalooza
FRI 8/8 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Outside Lands
SAT 8/9 SEATTLE, WA Showbox
MON 8/11 VICTORIA, BC Upstairs Cabaret
TUE 8/12 VANCOUVER, BC Biltmore
WED 8/13 CALGARY, AB Republik
THU 8/14 EDMONTON, AB Starlite Room
SAT 8/16 PORTLAND, OR Music Fest Northwest
FRI 8/22 DENVER, CO Mad Decent Block Party
SAT 8/23 LOS ANGELES, CA FYF Fest
- Singlesposted May 31, 2013 / No Comments
El-P & Killer Mike, better known now as Run The Jewels, team up with Big Boi on “Banana Clipper.” The pair will also embark on a nationwide Summer tour.