Since the release of their classic debut “The Cold Vein” in 2000, Harlem’s Cannibal Ox seemed to go on very different paths. While Vast kept in the spotlight with plenty of guest appearances and solo tracks, Vordul just seemed to disappear.
The spilt being made official is not much of a surprise, I was told a year ago by an emcee close to the camp that there would never be another Cannibal Ox album. “This is the second tour we cancelled this year…since leaving Def Jux Vast and Vordul rarely speak to each other any more…Vast just wants to focus on his solo career,” says Cannibal Ox’s former DJ, Anthony “Cip One” Cipriani.
The fans aren’t the only victims of the split, Jean Grae, who was scheduled to go on a 30 city tour with the duo is now left with nothing as the tour has been cancelled. “People kept telling me it wouldn’t happen, due to the history of the group’s [Cannibal Ox] situation [with concert promoters world-wide]. Friday when Can Ox decided to pull out of the tour at the last second, as well as…break up their group officially…we were pretty much left with nothing, except the pieces to try and pick up,” says Jean Grae.