Otep (also written as OTEP or OT3P) is an American nu metal band formed in the fall of 2000 in Los Angeles, California fronted by singer Otep Shamaya. They have released two EP, six studio albums and one live album. They also are currently signed to Victory Records.
Otep began as a band in Los Angeles, California in late 2000. The name Otep is from Otep Shamaya's first name and is an anagram for "Poet". They were invited to play Ozzfest before they had even signed to a label after Sharon Osbourne witnessed their live performance. They have since played Ozzfest several times. Otep signed with Capitol Records after only a few shows and without a demo, purely on the power of their live performance. They started gigging around Los Angeles a lot and released Jihad EP in 2001.