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 EPs, six studio albums, and one live album. As of December 2013, they are no longer under their previous label Victory Records and currently do not belong to a record label.
Otep began as a band in Los Angeles, California, in late 2000. The name Otep is from Otep Shamaya's stage name and is an anagram for "Poet". They were invited to play Ozzfest before they had signed to a label after Sharon Osbourne witnessed their live performance. They have since played Ozzfest several times. Otep signed with Capitol Records after 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.