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Canibus

Following some underground work and cameo appearances, most notably on Wyclef Jean's "Gone Till November" remix in 1997, hardcore rapper Canibus feuded famously with LL Cool J. The resulting exchanges -- Canibus' "Second Round K.O." and LL's "The Ripper Strikes Back," both spirited battle tracks, garnered significant attention. Expectations were therefore high when Canibus unleashed his Wyclef-produced debut full-length, Can-I-Bus (1998), shortly afterward on Universal. Most critics panned the album, but it sold over 500,000 copies in the United States alone, earning it gold status. The MC returned two years later with his follow-up for Universal, but it did not fare as well, and Canibus soon found himself without a major-label deal. Through the early 2010s, he retained a cultish following and continued to release albums independently of the majors, occasionally firing off more of the battle raps for which he is most well-known.

Born Germaine Williams in 1974 in Jamaica, Canibus moved to the United States with his mother at a young age. Because his mother's career required constant relocation, the family moved frequently and the soon-to-be rapper found solace within himself. His rhetorical abilities blossomed later, once hip-hop became the guiding force in his life. He began rhyming and in the mid-'90s joined a group called T.H.E.M. (the Heralds of Extreme Metaphors), which also consisted of his partner Webb. Following a fallout with Webb, Canibus pursued a solo career and began infiltrating the mixtape circuit. By 1997, he had approached the brink of the major-label rap game, guesting regularly on high-profile releases: he contributed to "Uni-4-orm," an inclusion on the Rhyme & Reason soundtrack also featuring Heltah Skeltah and Ras Kass; "Love, Peace & Nappiness," an inclusion on the Lost Boyz's Love, Peace & Nappiness also featuring Redman and A+; "Making a Name for Ourselves," an inclusion on Common's One Day It'll All Make Sense; the non-album remix of Wyclef Jean's "Gone Til November," and most famously, "4, 3, 2, 1," an inclusion on LL Cool J's Phenomenon also featuring Redman, DMX, and Method Man.

Of the several guest appearances, "4, 3, 2, 1" certainly meant the most, as it brought together many of New York's preeminent hardcore rappers and thus ushered Canibus into that same elite class. At the same time, however, Canibus lashed out shortly afterward with the Mike Tyson-featuring "Second Round K.O.," where he rhymed, "So I'ma let the world know the truth, you don't want me to shine/You studied my rhyme, then you laid your vocals after mine." In fact, the entirety of the song directed barbed rhymes at LL: "You walk around showin' off your body cause it sells/Plus to avoid the fact that you ain't got skills/Mad at me 'cause I kick that sh*t real n**gaz feel/While 99 percent of your fans wear high heels," and so on. Shortly thereafter, LL sought his revenge, releasing "The Ripper Strikes Back" on the 1998 soundtrack Survival of the Illest soundtrack and thus channeling even more attention toward Canibus. From the track's chorus to practically every line of the verses, LL unleashed a fury of insults and threats. The media elevated the battle to grand heights, and even MTV gave the story headlines. In the aftermath of 2Pac's and Biggie's deaths, such confrontations fascinated the rap community, and Canibus certainly capitalized on his newfound publicity.

As for his 1998 debut full-length, Can-I-Bus, though, the response was mixed. Critics expressed little support, while it sold over half a million copies. Negative reviews targeted Canibus' delivery (more than his lyrics or themes), as well as Wyclef's productions. The momentum that "Second Round K.O." had generated simmered almost immediately, and it didn't help that LL's "Ripper Strikes Back" found substantial acceptance at the time. In the two years following the release of Can-I-Bus, the rapper maintained a low profile in contrast to the regular guest appearances he had made leading up to his debut. As a result, when he finally did return with his 2000 follow-up album, 2000 B.C., he didn't have the same level of mainstream clout, and the album was not promoted heavily; Canibus subsequently returned to the underground after parting ways with Universal.

He continued to record albums and release them on the independent circuit. These discs included 2002's Mic Club (the first release on his own Mic Club Music label), 2003's Rip the Jacker, and 2005's Mind Control. During this period, Canibus also served in the U.S. Army. He was just as productive following his discharge and released several additional sets in the following years. On 2010's Melatonin Magik, his confrontational nature led to swipes at D12 and Eminem, but he was no lone wolf. The 2011 release Lyrical Warfare saw him working beside the likes of Killah Priest, Ras Kass, and Chino XL. Fait Accompli, produced strictly by J.P. Beats, was released in 2014 with a guest verse from Tragedy Khadafi. The following year brought Time Flys, Life Dies...Phoenix Rise, an album-length collaboration with producer/rapper Bronze Nazareth. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Melatonin Magik (Explicit)

1. Melatonin Magik Intro

2. Melatonin Magik

3. Kriminal Kindness

4. Hip-Hop Black Ops

7. Air Strike (Pop Killer)

8. Fraternity Of The Impoverished

9. Dead By Design

10. Only Slaves D.R.E.A.M.

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Track List: Mic Club Master Mixtape - Volume One (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. Shogun

3. Vitruvian Canman

4. Kill The Conjecture

5. Say It Ain't So

6. U Don't Cee

7. Collecting Taxes

8. Get Off Yakneez

9. Baggin' Up Da Poundz

10. Yeng Meng

11. Hrsmn Talk

12. Da Paycut

13. Give It More

14. The Mic Disease

15. Allied Meta-Forces

16. Mic Club Mascot

17. Gone In 60 Seconds

18. Box Cutta' Blade Runna

19. Understand Me (Interlude)

20. Tha Dungeon

21. Rip Iz Alive

22. Bis Vs. Rip (Original Version)

23. Interlude

24. Blakmilc Want Freedom

25. Live Dublin Freestyle

26. Accapella

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Track List: Hip-Hop For Sale (Explicit)

1. It's No Other Than...

2. Back Wit' Heat

3. Benny Riley

4. Show Em' How

5. Dear Academy

6. I Gotcha' (feat. DMP)

7. So Into You (feat. Juli Ecaro)

8. Da' Facelift

9. Hip-Hop Body Rock

10. Take Dat (feat. Star, Awon & Ike Infa Diamond)

11. Punch Lines (feat. Hamza)

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Track List: Rip The Jacker

1. Intro

2. Genabis (Instrumental)

3. Levitibus (Instrumental)

4. M-Sea-Cresy (Instrumental)

5. No Return (Instrumental)

6. Spartibus (Instrumental)

7. Indisible (Instrumental)

8. Showtime At The Gallow (Instrumental)

9. Psych Evaluation (Instrumental)

10. Cemantics (Instrumental)

11. Poet Laureate II (Instrumental)

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Track List: Rip The Jacker (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. Genabis

3. Levitibus

4. M-Sea-Cresy

5. No Return

6. Spartibus

7. Indibisible

8. Showtime At The Gallow

9. Psych Evaluation

10. Cemantics

11. Poet Laureate II

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Track List: MiClub - The Curriculum (Explicit)

1. Mic Club Intro

2. Poet Laureate

3. Master Thesis

4. Behind Enemy Rhymes

5. Allied Meta-Forces (feat. Kool G Rap)

6. Cenoir Studies 02

7. "C" Section

8. Drama A/T (feat. Luminati)

9. DR C PhD

10. Bis Vs. Rip (feat. Rip the Jacker)

11. Liberal Arts (feat. Jedi Mind Tricks)

12. Curriculum 101

13. Mic Club Outro

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Track List: "C" True Hollywood Stories (Explicit)

1. Introduction

2. Stan Lives!

3. U Didn't Care

4. The Rip Off

5. "C" T.H.S. (Title Track)

6. A Different Vibe In L.A.

7. I Gotta Story 2 Tell

8. Stan 'N Can

9. Hate U (feat. PakMan)

10. Stop Smokin'

11. Lemmie Hear Sumthin Else

12. Hott Tonight

13. Gotta Get That Doe!

14. R U Lyrically Fit?

15. "Ya Teef Iz Yellow"

16. Luv U 2

17. Box Cutta' Blade Runna

18. Draft Me (feat. C4)

19. One Of My Favorites

20. "C" T.H.S. Outro

21. Blank Track

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Track List: 2000 B.C. (Before Can-I-Bus)

1. The C-Quel

2. 2000 B.C.

3. Life Liquid

4. Shock Therapy

5. Watch Who You Beef Wit

6. I'll Buss 'Em U Punish 'Em

7. Mic-Nificent

8. Die Slow

9. Doomsday News

10. Lost @ "c"

11. Phuk U

12. Horsemen

13. Horsementality

14. 100 Bars

15. Chaos

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Track List: Can-I-Bus (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. Patriots

3. Get Retarded

4. Niggonometry

5. Second Round K.O.

6. What's Going On

7. I Honor U

8. Hype-Nitis

9. How We Roll

10. Channel Zero

11. Let's Ride

12. Buckingham Palace

13. Rip Rock

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Track List: Fait Accompli (Deluxe Edition) (Explicit)

1. Star Spangled Banger (Intro)

2. Fait Accompli

3. Yellow Line

4. Pay Me In Gold

5. This Ain't The Movies

6. The Primary Axiom

7. Orange Line

8. Dyson's Fear Of Spheres

9. The Principle Of Equivalence

10. The Rude Boy Oscars

11. Sinflation

12. Red Line

13. The Last Christians

14. God$Les$ America

15. Historic (Feat. The Four Horsemen & Tragedy Khadafi)

16. The Future

17. Star Spangled Banger (Outro)

18. Wreck Room

19. Explanations & Misinflations

20. Make A Sound

21. Dutty Desparados

22. Robot Makers

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Track List: Seismoluminesence (Single) (Explicit)

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one of the best
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ONE OF THE BEST!
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A real nice MC.
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Those with ears and God given comprehensio n know the true realism of the fact canibus one of of kind and I thought I was ill but accelerating to great Heights I haven't heard nobody f**k with the beast!!!!
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Em and Bis had their back and fourth but Em was quoted saying if you don't like Bid then you ain't a real hip hop fan so the mutual respect is there. A collabo with Em and Bid would be I'll tho..
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floid807
Em got served
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That would of been a relevant comment 15 years ago
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Canibus is underrated.
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!CAN ! BUS!
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CAN!BUS
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THE BEAST FROM THA EAST!!!
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spwallerstei n
Lyrical Law, no Lyrical Warfare...
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The Encyclopedia Executioner
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Nah, definitely not the GOAT. Good, but Rakim is easily the GOAT.
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Canibus... Jesus Christ. By far the illest lyricist. Non are even close. "I arm wrestle servos. Calculate the distance between planets through wormholes to escape when the earth blows."
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ADGREED SPECIAL ED!
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This dudes a straight up human encyclopedia
Goat 4 ever !!!
Dizaster battle or not
He showed up which is more then I can say for alotta these fake rappers ..
I listen to this mofo n my I.q literally raises with each verse he spits ..
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stephendstum p
A musician is a musician a rapper should be first a musician technically speaking this man puts priority first
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stephendstum p
Maybe he did lose a rap battle, but his musicality is unquestionab l e . Regardless he is a rapper as second in nature but musically inclined foremost
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Yall need to get a life the bull cool n all but comparin um to God your thrown off need to get your head out your a s s I would like to c where he woulda went if he didn't f wit hard
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He's still sick even after that rap battle, obviously bad day where his brain wasn't work right. But 1 rap battle doesn't mean s**t in the big picture.
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Are you guys serious best ever? The ill est? He's was dope, but the fact Uncle L murdered him , I can't say he's the best hell naw!
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Diz killed bis. Check it out on YouTube. Dizaster vs Canibus
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Incredible
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Was he beefing it with Eminem by this time?
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My nikka raw business
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i gotta look up s**t he says in a dictionary or thesaurus .....he is ahead of the game and the best of all time.....gen i u s man ......genius
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Lyrical demon
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damclev7
Amazing. That's it.
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Canibus is the illest ever. If you don't like him, then you don't appreciate real hip hop, period. "9 outta 10 n**gas is frauds/ you know who you /are always talking bout your b**ches and cars/ your jewelry and your girls/ you motherf**ker s really get on my nerves/ I'm beyond yall on some futuristic cyborg s**t." Real spit from a real emcee
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Wow... Canibus was way ahead of his time, He's amazing period.
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Somebody better know that this n**ga is dumb nice
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the realest rappers are under similar artists...
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HE GOT THE RIGHT NAME FOR THIS SONG .... HE WENT IN STR8 LIK DAT
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christianhom
Can't wait til Lyrical Law starts getting added on here.
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THE BEST RAPPER. DIED OR ALIVE. AMOR TO YOU BROTHER..... .
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canibus is living proof that the game is changing for the worse. its all image now. and the real raw lyricists like nas, canibus, immortal technique, etc refuse to conform to this bullshit a** game, they stay real even though they know they wont get what they deserve, and i respect that with a passion, stay real RIP.
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Greatest of all Time
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Check out my new track wit Bis @ youtube.com/ v e g a x t e r r o r !
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this bio covers like 3 years of his career, and ignores his real peak and artistic accomplishme n t s in the last 7 years.
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After reading Pandoras Bio of Canibus, I recall a line he spit, "If they say I'm the best after I've died / dont be surprised." Simple as that...
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Pure genius. Bis is to hip hop as Albert Einstein was to science, greatest to ever represent the craft...
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julianhooker
Way ahead of his time. Smartest MC ever! Not even close!
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dude is ill nuff said
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Brilliant.
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Even my hip hop head friends who don't like Canibus have to admit that Rip the Jacker is a great album. Probably because Canibus was out of the country and DJ Stoupe (Jedi Mind Tricks) did the whole thing on his own. Canibus is an ill lyricist but he has poor choice in art direction, etc. Kind of like the Mike(Mic) Tyson of rap - incredibly gifted and brutal, but been screwed (and let himself be screwed) by the industry.
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All I know, is that I could put together a 60 minute, mix tape of Canibus, illest, that would go toe toe with any other emcee's illest and most of the time, embarrass that emcee. I just wish Bis, Chino XL, and Rass Kass , would unite and shut down the industry.
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i personally agree with melo when he says those things about canibus not getting his proper due...one of the illest spitters in the game...recog n i z e .
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He dont get the respect for his work like he should
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Poet laureate is some of the illest stuff written in my opinion. Man I can't believe people sometimes with their criticisms. "too lyrical" and stuff like that. The beginning of hiphop was just lyrics and people in a circle man. article must be outdated not including rip the jacker.
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