Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
Long a staple of the New York mix-tape scene, Canibus saw his impending debut get hyped for months. Maybe, though, there was too much buzz, and maybe it became more of a distraction than a confidence builder because, unfor... more »
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Long a staple of the New York mix-tape scene, Canibus saw his impending debut get hyped for months. Maybe, though, there was too much buzz, and maybe it became more of a distraction than a confidence builder because, unfortunately, on Can-I-Bus, the silver-tongued (and sometimes -faced) MC is plagued not by a lack of rhymes--after all, "[Canibus] without lyrics is like a porn flick without sex," as he boasts on "Buckingham Palace"--but by utterly somnolent production. Though Wyclef Jean succeeds with the pulsing "Second Round K.O." and the Eno-meets-dub "Buckingham Palace," most of the beats are lackluster, hardly befitting Canibus's verbal blaze. With a producer like DJ Premier (of Gang Starr) or even Laze E. Laze (M.O.P.), Canibus would have a track worthy of his penetrating flow. --Jon Caramanica
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It ain't about beats. Canibus is truly the illest right now
UNDAGROUND MILITIA | 04/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To all of the people talking about his beats, is that all?Hell, I love rap and hip-hop just as much as you do, but I canactually look past a beat and listen to the rhymes. In this department, Canibus delivers, and shows why he has a right to hold a mic. With lines like, "I grab mics and push niggaz to the left so hard their hearts end up on the right sides of they chest", how can you claim that Cani has no rhymes? Hell, people be calling DMX the resurrected Tupac, so why do people then try and dis Canibus? If you listen to the album you'll find every single line he spits is at least three times as good as most commercial songs as a whole. Give the album a chance and listen to the lyrics and not the beat. He's one of the greatest, his time will come."
joehiphophead | Kansas city | 09/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is truly underated and misunderstood i cant tell you how many people have knocked it and dissed it since its release in 1998. Canibus is a truly talented MC and out of all of his albums this one is probably my favorite. If any man could save hiphop from its sorry state than that man is Canibus also be sure to check out Mic club and Rip the Jacker 5 Mics all around.
P.S. Canibus has a new album comin out in a couple months called
Hip Hop For Sale Be sure to check that out to."
Krs-1, Rakim, LL, Canibus!(and others) = HipHop
canibusfan | Somerset, NJ United States | 06/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Unfortunately this CD was released when there was an extreme thirst for dancehall/commercial rap(Puffy looped beats/RuffRyder Jingles). Even though I'm an underground fan, I was dissapointed at first because the oldschool/mellow beats totally DID NOT match with Canibus' wicked style(although now I love this CD from concentrating on the LYRICS). As Canibus said himself when he apologized to his fans "It wasn't my fault, Wyclef spoiled it!" I've bought mostly all of Canibus freestyles and tracks. And I've heard some tracks from the upcoming album. Let me tell you...These beats are some of the best I've ever heard. I heard a song where Canibus is ryhming A'capella(?) for a minute, then the beat comes in slowly and builds itself up around HIM. Thats real hip-hop. Not when rappers create jingles that sound exactly like the beats they are given. I try hard to be a hiphop purist, and with his upcoming CD, it will be a lot easier to remain faithful! Buy this album and the upcoming one if you want to know what this music is really about."