Vordul Megallah’s performance as one half of Harlem duo Cannibal Ox on their debut classic The Cold Vein is one of the most underappreciated pieces of work by an artist on an album ever. The odd thing is that the common conception is that his partner Vast Aire or producer El-P actually carried the album. I thought this the first time around too, to be honest. Vast Aire’s slow, almost psychotic baritone is easy to pick up and appreciate on first listen as opposed to Vordul’s complex monotone rapidfire assault of imagery and metaphor. Then you have El-P’s consistent production throughout the whole album with some of the wonkiest, darkest beats ever.
Vordul absolutely spazzed the fuck out on this album posting an average rhyme density score of 0.35 with a NWP score of 0.51. While posting an above average syllable per word score of 1.38, he averages only slightly over 10 syllables per line (the combination of high syllables per word and low syllables per line is one we’ll consistently point to in this blog). Solid, solid numbers all around. Vordul rhymes a lot, is hella dexteric with his word choice, keeps his lines short and his verses less than 300 syllables. We love him. We love this performance. One of the main reasons we love him is because sometimes we have no idea what the fuck he’s talking about:
Eskimo metal got shit locked in oxygen shell Words shot plated metal lung which spun kids' carrousel Mega alarm technoloid these boys fight four arms swinging two toes very well Terror toys jubilated mega noise when iron works Bullet shot animated mad windows with fireworks
We have no idea if this makes any sense at all. But we’re sure it’s brilliant.