How would you like to have been Def Jux in the early 2000's and have your first three full-lengths as a label be The Cold Vein, Labor Days, and Fantastic Damage, all wonderful records in their own right? Maybe things didn't shape up the way they expected, but that's a fantastic start. El-P really makes this album what it is; his beats are angular, strange, moody, and interesting, and are responsible for the rigid, frozen-heart atmosphere of the record. Vordul Mega and Vast Aire are a solid tandem, but they don't seem to have as much personality or presence as their contemporaries. That said, while Vast is slightly better lyrically, Vordul is most certainly the most talented, hitting some weird pockets in his flows and just generally sounding much better riding this innovative beats. One thing I don't quite get about this record is the Wu-Tang comparisons it garners, because Wu-Tang's members were all way more charismatic than these two. In all it's absolutely a statement from the underground, but one has to wonder how much of the album's success is due to El-Producto, a non-member, than the actual members of the group, with all due respect.