Vast Aire

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Vast Aire
Birth nameTheodore Arrington III
Born (1978-02-05) February 5, 1978 (age 43)
OriginManhattan, New York City, New York, United States
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, producer
Years active2000–present
LabelsChocolate Industries
Definitive Jux
Eastern Conference Records
Fat Beats Records
Gracie Productions
Man Bites Dog Records
One Records
Tenement Music
Associated actsCannibal Ox
Atoms Family
The Weathermen

Theodore Arrington III (born February 5, 1978[1]), better known by his stage name Vast Aire, is an American rapper from New York City. He is one half of the New York hip hop duo Cannibal Ox, which consists of him and fellow rapper Vordul Mega. He is also a member of the rap group Atoms Family. He was born in Mount Vernon, New York, then lived in Jamaica, Queens before moving to Harlem,[2] and became acquainted with the underground rap scene, performing in many clubs while still a teenager. He was once a part of the underground hip hop group The Weathermen.


Vast Aire's fame increased significantly as part of Cannibal Ox with Vordul Mega. Their debut album, The Cold Vein, recorded with producer El-P, was released in 2001 to critical acclaim. Since then, Vast Aire has pursued solo interests. His first solo album Look Mom... No Hands was released in April 2004. This was followed by The Best Damn Rap Show, a collaborative effort with DJ Mighty Mi from The High & Mighty in 2005. These solo projects did not break Vast Aire from his obligations at Definitive Jux with Cannibal Ox. Vast has since gone on to work with members from the Megahertz crew, and was a member of The Weathermen alongside Copywrite, Yak Ballz, Cage, Aesop Rock, the late Camu Tao, and Tame One. However, he was kicked out of the Weathermen by Camu Tao after allegedly stealing from both Yak Ballz and Tame One. In 2009 he denounced the Weathermen group as a whole. This followed rapper and Weathermen founder Cage writing the song "Nothing Left to Say" about Vast Aire trying to profit from Camu Tao's death and then calling him out on his Myspace page.[3][4] Vast Aire is also a part of a group called LXG, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.[citation needed]


When asked about the meaning of his name, Vast Aire explained: "I guess it means mad styles. I think it means a lot of attitude. Vast Aire. I have a very wordy type of style. Vast was given to me by a friend of mine I went to school with and the Aire pretty much came from me being a junior. My name is Theodore Arrington II. I used to spell it proper. H-E-I-R. But, in the past couple of years, I switched it to A-I-R-E."[attribution needed]


Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Best of the Best Vol. 1 (2013)


  • A Space Iliad (2013)[5]
  • The Heir Vast (2016) (with Raticus)[6]


  • "Look Mom...No Hands" b/w "Why'sdaskyblue?" (2003)
  • "Elixir" b/w "Candid Cam" (2004)
  • "Pegasus" b/w "Red Pill" (2004)
  • "In the Zone" (2016)[7]

Guest appearances[edit]

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • "Adversity Strikes (One+One)" and "Not for Promotional Use" from The Persecution of Hip Hop (1998)
  • "Resolution" and "Mommi's Relay Race" from Old Trolls New Bridge (1999)
  • "Cholesterol" from Inside Out Vol. 1: A Fool Blown Compilation (2000)
  • "Pen Relays" from B-Sides Volume One: Blatant Battle Raps (2001)
  • "Tippin Domino's", "Tap Dancin for Scratch", and "Tippin Domino's (RJD2 Remix)" from The Bedford Files (2002)
  • "The Beam Up" from Eastern Conference All Stars IV (2004)
  • "Super Friends (Edan Remix)" from Chocolate Swim (2006)
  • "Blood of Bantu" from "Midlife Crisis" Obi Khan (2018)


  1. ^ Madden, Sidney (February 5, 2015). "Happy Birthday, Vast Aire". XXL. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  2. ^ :: Culture King Interviews - Vast Aire ::
  3. ^ Vast Aire vs Def Jux.
  4. ^ El-P Dishes Back Beef.
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