Other album(s) released: Blade of the Ronin (2014)

Cannibal Ox’s The Cold Vein became an instant touchstone of a burgeoning new underground hip-hop movement in 2001, a signature release for Definitive Jux that would help make the label an indie powerhouse and burnish El-P’s reputation as a producer. But the duo of Vast Aire and Vordul Mega never seemed to get even close to following it up, denying breakup rumors while issuing a live album and the occasional single. Since 2012, Can Ox has been trumpeting a reunion and their long-awaited second album, but without El-P’s distinctive production, it’s hard to imagine the group recapturing the appeal of their debut.