In the same week that Fact handed to Cannibal Ox’s debut record The Cold Vein (2001) the top spot in their 100 best indie hip-hop records of all time, Harlem duo Vast Aire (Theodore Arrington) and Vordul Megalah (Shamar Gardner) streamed their new album Blade of the Ronin ahead of its official release next week.
The second studio record bridges up a fourteen-year hiatus since Jux Definitive label put out the abstract, experimental record that ascended to cult status in the subsequent years. In their argument about their choice on The Cold Vein, Fact highlighted that the underground record actually wasn’t perceived as such a genre-bustling album for years to come, and only in recent times has El-P’s masterfully produced score been perceive by the critics as an head-of-its-time work.
Although Blade of Ronin had Bill Cosmiq and Black Milk as the cut-and-paste producers, the sound keeps flowing within the experimental layers synthesised beats. MF Doom, Elzhi (Slum Village), U-God (Wu-Tang Clan) are some of the bars-droppers present in the album.
Blade of Ronin is officially released on March 2 and will be available worldwide by the next day. Below is the full stream available for pre-released listening.