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What Went Wrong With… Canibus & Fait Accompli?

Caricature of rapper Canibus by What Went Wrong With

Anybody who remembers the hype that surrounded Canibus in the late nineties remembers that almost everyone was on his side during the beef he had with LL Cool J. But like some kind of Hip-Hop train wreck, over the years that followed, he completely destroyed any credibility and popularity he once had. In the present day, Canibus is about as relevant as the internet dial-up tone that played on the intro to his début album.

Today, after almost a decade languishing in the basement below the underground, Canibus is a washed-up and insignificant rapper whose latest album “Fait Accompli” reinforces the fact that he is now inconsequential in the contemporary Hip-Hop scene.

If you’re someone who doesn’t know who Canibus is (and let’s face it, in 2014 there’s a lot of you) then let me run through the facts…

  • In 1997, he featured on a few underground tracks and became known for multisyllabic rap even though Big Pun, Chino XL, G Rap, and the entire Nexx Level/Rockboy Click had already made the style popular.
  • In the following year, he became known for starting a weird beef with LL Cool J over his ‘microphone’ arm tattoo.
  • His first album “Can-I-Bus” was panned by the critics. The album was a flop.
  • Not acknowledging his own short-comings, he blamed Wyclef (who produced the album) for the failure.
  • Without Wyclef, he released his second album two years later. It was a failure too.
  • He then started an even weirder feud with Eminem by pretending to play the character of “Stan” (created by Eminem) in his own sequel “You Didn’t Care”. He even created his own all-white group called “C4” in a strange homage to Eminem’s all-black group “D12” who featured in his third album “C! True Hollywood Stories”.
  • After 9/11 he released the horridly racist and Islamophobic track “Draft Me” in which he rapped “Draft me, I wanna fight for my country, jump in a Humvee and murder those monkeys”.
  • He later signed up with the US Army stating “I enlisted because I wanted to get away from the music”. Two years later and without seeing any action, he was discharged for smoking marijuana. This was quite ironic since Canibus wanted to leave Hip-Hop to smoke Arabs but returned for smoking cannabis only to get bodied by an Arab-American…
  • …The Arab-American I’m referring to was Dizaster to whom Canibus shamefully lost his rap battle with after he pulled out a notepad of pre-written lyrics (even though it was supposed to be a freestyle). He also, at every opportunity whipped out old lines from old songs including the now tired “mic on my arm” lyric like some kind of bad joke…

…You would think that after this crappy résumé Canibus would want to come back strong, but with his latest album “Fait Accompli” he brings us probably his weakest LP yet.

The album opens and closes with Jimi Hendrix’ “Star Spangled Banner” playing in the background, an apt choice since Jimi Hendrix was a son of a soldier who himself joined the Army and then later became “anti-war”. Similar to Hendrix, Canibus who became an ultra gung-ho and pro-US prick after 9/11, with this album he seems to have done a complete 180 and at every opportunity barks some hollow lefty bullshit in order to appease his detestable past. With all the pseudo-political interview sound-bites playing in-between songs, there seems to be more skits than tracks on this crappy album. But once Canibus does begin to rap, he weaves so much counterfeit “conspiracy theory” content with the neutral nothingness, that after hearing one or two tracks you realise that he’s rapping without really saying anything.

Canibus has now sold out more times than any other “Artist” in the entertainment industry. With the title track he begins an annoyingly fake theme of dragging conspiracy theories into his music, and by uttering almost constant buzzwords like “Martial Law” “New World Order” and “Police State” throughout the album, you wonder how much more this lame Ray Charles lookalike can sell out. I mean after the anti-Muslim “Draft Me” track, this idiot now spits “I wanna see racism stop” in the track “The Future”. And after dissing Wyclef for his bad production, “Fait Accompli” contains some of the worst production since “Rip Rock”. Just listen to “Pay Me In Gold”, “The Primary Axiom”, and the aforementioned “The Future” if you want to bear witness to the worst kind of amateurish faux-underground production. And if they’re not bad enough for you, the track “Historic” features the worst production to be heard on anything… ever.

For someone who made the song “Channel Zero” on his first LP which alluded to various conspiracy theories including mind control and also the military/government involvement in such conspiracies, it is completely dumbfounding that once the Twin Towers collapsed this imbecile rushed to believe the government’s spiel and joined the US Army. And now we’re supposed to believe he’s gone “back to his roots” and take his latest conspiracy-filled album seriously?

“Fait Accompli” is crammed with contrived fake counter-culture terms without Canibus having an actual stance on any topic. Talking about people being “abused by the state” after he joined up in the Army and also worked for the Department Of Justice is the dumbest stance he could take. In fact, almost everything he utters in this album contradicts anything he said from “C True Hollywood Stories” onward. The fact that he’s put little or no effort into this garbage, makes the album even more pointless, and with Canibus’ almost dumbed-down, slow flow, without his trademark rhyme style, and with the shittiest album cover in the history of album covers; this has to be the most disappointing shit he’s ever released.

An album which contains more filler than Joan Rivers and more hollow sentiments than Barack Obama, “Fait Accompli” is not only way too long, it’s way too late, and way too lame. In fact, if we do some of his own so-called “Niggonometry” on him, we can confirm that Canibus is now lame to the nth degree: if you take a sell-out rapper and times him by the amount of times he fucked someone over; then what do you have? Answer: Germaine “Lame” Williams.

He once rapped “9 out of 10 of these rap artists is garbage” on the track “Get Retarded”, but after the millennium, he became one of the 9. Tracks like “Second Round K.O.” are now so far in the past that it would take something astonishing to make Hip-Hop fans buy into him again, and unfortunately for Canibus “Fait Accompli” is not it.

Back in 1997 nobody thought James was Cool and no Lady Loved him, but after seventeen years of bad decisions, Canibus is now ironically known for giving LL’s career a boost whilst simultaneously fucking his own up. More than a decade and a half later and now looking like a starving Grace Jones tribute act, this has-been, or more accurately never-been; is now a never-will-be.

Can I Bust.

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  1. wow, did you really just spew that much hate towards a man you never met? you’re a sad individual and obviously biased. Probably an eminem dick rider.

    • Wow, did you really just say that shit to someone who you’ve never encountered? Check the facts, just because I think Canibus is a fake, out-of-style, USA arse-licker; doesn’t mean I’m biased toward an equally racist overrated prick like Eminem… Read “What Went Wrong With Eminem?” for proof before you jump to any more asinine fucking conclusions.

      And FYI I don’t need to meet a man to criticize him; but for you to defend someone who wrote “Draft Me” (which is truly guilty of “spewing hatred” toward an entire Religion and Race) you must be a complete fucking idiot and the kind of cretinous fan that Canibus attracts and deserves.

    • So…

      Basically you speak about “Draft me” for being racist than you leave the article about eminem where you state “middle class gringos”

      you just contradicted yourself mr. equality.

      SPANKED

    • Gringo means “foreign, or foreigner” specifically a “white foreigner”. So when it comes to Hip-Hop as an Art-form or as a genre of music, given that it was incepted by working-class black Americans and the fact that it wasn’t until the late nineties and noughties that white middle-classes began to “accept” it (they initially dismissed Hip-Hop as a “passing fad”); YES, THEY ARE FOREIGNERS TO THE GENRE. So how is that a contradiction or racist? Calling an entire region or race “monkeys” is real racism, but go ahead and try to undermine this article rather than admitting Canibus is a racist twat. Go spank your monkey while you listen to his shitty songs, you fucking gaijin prick.

      Signed Mr. Equality

    • Dude you’re a hack Stan that doesn’t even know what he’s talking about making a crap blog, I did this in five minutes
      ly the worst article I’ve ever read. It’s not only bias, and completely opinionated – Facts that are there aren’t and aren’t there are since you’re a hack writing a hate blog, to the extent that you have to defend yourself in replies – I do articles I’ve never had to reply to one because I stick by facts and not my own reality, for you are only posting yours – So I’ll do your job for you….
      Canibus rose to fame in the early and mid 90’s (being a part of the duo THEM – The Heralds of Extreme Metaphors) he was quite famous prior to his first LP. He appeared on such songs as Beasts from the East w/ Lostboyz, his single “HIV is gold, AIDS is Platinum” and a video with Wyclef, “How come” were as big as the commercials and freestyles on radio he was notorious for (and his well known beef with LL Cool J that was squashed live in 2014 at The Barclay Center as they would perform, “4,3,2,1” together) and his fist album in 1998 “Can-I-Bus” went Gold and had 3 videos in rotation on Universal and he would appear live on MTV, BET, and such shows as Conan O’Brien.
      His follow up “2000 BC” was not a failure in any sense, to anyone (I’ve never head of anyone that disliked it) and also included a video in rotation. His 3rd release was on a new label and highly distributed – “C True Hollywood Stories” – a mock/concept album not only poking fun at Eminem (who prior to that stated Canibus’ name more than once in his songs, add in a disagreement that they had working together as you should also look at two notorious pictures of Canibus and then look at two notorious pictures of Eminem that would follow, as you fail to mention Eminem being on his video set and both sides of the story) and hip hop in general. He is part of the Horseman, his real rap group feat. Ras Kass, Killah Priest, and Korrupt that had a song on “2000 BC” as a lot were unaware of the material he had at that time to put out instead of the Mock album “C True Hollywood Stories (most heard it on mixtapes “The Brainstream” – “My name is Nobody” and “The Vitruvian Can Man” not to mention The Horseman Project” EP and even songs that would appear in his fourth effort)
      His fourth album did more than live up any hype, “MIc Club: The Cirriculum” was praised by critics as to what they were always waiting on hearing and another concept in itself, it added up to 1,000 bars containing only two songs with hooks and a vocabulary no one has still shown this day of having. The highly distributed fifth album that followed was also praised in “Rip the Jacker” – However he did enlist in the military, in a stand that got him a lot of praise from most people, (I have never heard of anyone bashing someone serving their country)
      There was an obligation to another record label (and miscommunications) that would result in 3 releases in 2005 -“Mind Control” and “Hip Hop 4 Sale” failed yet a highly distributed, “Mic Club: Mixtape Master 1” sold better that same year.
      However, the irony being in 2007 his 9th solo album, “For Whom the Beat Tolls” satisfied critics and fans, alike, as it even was called by some the best in hip hip that year. Following that would be two albums in 2010 that did well in “Melatonin Majik” (most of the songs Professor Griff would appear) and “C of Tranquility” produced mostly by DJ Premier that featured amazing songs such as “Capt. Cold Crash” (you can youtube the fan made videos featuring the lyrics)
      The next year “Lyrical Law” would come out, a lot of the songs including Classic Pak.
      Prior to all of this Canibus put out the collaborations Cloak N Dagga – “Def Con Zero” (featuring Phoenix Orion and Free for the third time on Canibus release) He has also worked with and/or continues to work with Rakim, Kool G Rap, Jedi Mind Tricks, and K-Rhino who have nothing negative to say about him today – nor does Wyclef. Also his collaboration with Kieth Murray “The Undergods” was well received as Canibus’ 10,000 bars you can hear on Youtube.
      Yes, a battle with Dizaster would be controversial (different people have different opinions and even theories on it as Dizaster is on the upcoming new Canibus album, “Time Flies, Life Dies… Phoenix Rise” that comes out in May, 2015 – (two tracks have been released – listen to them and please tell me if he’s lost something) The fallout from the battle would only benefit Canibus (as Dizaster would lose a battle to Cassidy and yes, Canibus put out a concept album and would appear on stage at The Barclay Center with LL Cool J that squashed beef was major news last year) That year’s concept album “Fait Accompli” that included an incredible single, “Pay me in Gold” would probably would not appeal to most hip hop fans (that was high in timely production) nor would a lot of his work (even though About.com placed him at number 32 on their list of the “Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987–2007)”, while in 2012 The Source placed him number 44 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time – realize Lil Wayne is ranked higher) his references to Atlantis, the Library of Alexandria, Philosophers such as David Hume, the Post Renaissance era and Elizabethan Drama and Tragedy for he was always a different MC that was always more innovative and did things that inspired others that got credit for it. In 2015 kids in their 20’s and younger for “You know the name Canibus but what did it cost? Battle rap is nothing more than a serendipitous whore” – Canibus – Poet Laureate
      Robert Earle Stanton

    • Fucking hell, was that supposed to be an example of you “whipping up an article in five minutes”… as in a readable, well-written article? Because that has to be the worst shite I’ve ever read; it’s like a chimp bashed randomly at a keyboard. That bullshit was so poorly written that it reads like you cut, copied, and pasted crap from all over the frigging place.

      You opened your great literary work with… “Dude you’re a hack Stan”… what are you, some skater from the late nineties? And what’s with the Eminem reference, I thought you were a Canibus Super-Fan?

      And then you write “I do articles I’ve never had to reply to one”… maybe that’s because your crappy little WordPress blog has the comments disabled AND it’s so worthless, nobody wants to comment on it. I reply to everything here that’s not spam; criticism and approval, hatred and fondness, dislikes and likes… answering somebody has no bearing on facts, you daft twat.

      And remember to keep signing off with your full name… like anybody gives a shit. Go crawl back up Canibus’ arse, and maybe take some Creative Writing lessons, because that double-posted bullshit was fucking appalling.

    • Can-I-Bus went Gold, he had 3 videos in rotation for that, it was on Universal as the Follow up “2000 BC” which everyone loved. How can you pan albums like “Mic Club:The Cirriculum” – “Rip the Jacker” or “For Whom the Beat Tolls” or even “C of Tranquility” — BTW, the new Canibus came out yesterday featuring a lot of interesting artists including Dizaster where his voice sounds better yet you can still see creatively why he never went into a studio and released anything.
      For you to claim something by him racist or to bash him for going in the military, that’s just more BS like this entire piece you took the time to spew. Horrid misinformation. And BTW, since it’s obvious you don’t know, C TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORIES was an obvious mock album, see, I bought the disc, and still have it the artwork, lineal notes, he was in a group that was better than D 12, and it wasn’t C4, moron. And he had great material to put out at that time, you’re unaware of the mixtapes he put out during that time prior to CTHS and then puts out two albums like “Mic Club” and “Rip the Jacker” — Show me better albums than that. He’s the antithesis of an Eminem who is easy, has horrid vocals, Canibus speaks on subject matter over your head, Philosophy, Philosophers, Literature, History, History of Lit, not Micky Mouse Club punch lines. So the question is WHAT WENT WRONG WITH YOU? And how the hell is Canibus a sell out? Idiot. [LINK REMOVED]

    • You Canibus fans are so affected by this article, that you keep coming back to it almost a year later! Now that’s the epitome of sad.

      I really couldn’t give a toss that you’re some kind of Canibus dick-riding, fact-spewer. Keep telling me obvious shit about your Rap God like the fan-boy you are; you do realise that I couldn’t give a flying fuck? This whole thing was an obvious exercise in mockery, but you blinkered fools don’t get comedy, so you keep telling me additional facts like this was some official biography! Talk about going “over your head”!

      What’s also hilarious is since there’s so little interest in Canibus’ albums, you dip-shits have to keep coming back here month after month and leave your lame comments like that’s going to change anything… You sad, obsessed, git.

      And then you write “WHAT WENT WRONG WITH YOU?”… wow, nobody’s thought of saying that; what a genius you are. And you do realise that I dislike Eminem more than Canibus? So why keep bringing that overrated, racist prick up?

      And by the way, nobody needs to know your full name; you’re even less famous than Canibus, which is saying something!

    • This is a hack Blog – I whipped a real article up in five minutes.

      Canibus rose to fame in the early and mid 90’s (being a part of the duo THEM – The Heralds of Extreme Metaphors) he was quite famous prior to his first LP. He appeared on such songs as Beasts from the East w/ Lostboyz, his single “HIV is gold, AIDS is Platinum” and a video with Wyclef, “How come” were as big as the commercials and freestyles on radio he was notorious for (and his well known beef with LL Cool J that was squashed live in 2014 at The Barclay Center as they would perform, “4,3,2,1” together) and his fist album in 1998 “Can-I-Bus” went Gold and had 3 videos in rotation on Universal and he would appear live on MTV, BET, and such shows as Conan O’Brien.
      His follow up “2000 BC” was not a failure in any sense, to anyone (I’ve never head of anyone that disliked it) and also included a video in rotation. His 3rd release was on a new label and highly distributed – “C True Hollywood Stories” – a mock/concept album not only poking fun at Eminem (who prior to that stated Canibus’ name more than once in his songs, add in a disagreement that they had working together as you should also look at two notorious pictures of Canibus and then look at two notorious pictures of Eminem that would follow, as you fail to mention Eminem being on his video set and both sides of the story) and hip hop in general. He is part of the Horseman, his real rap group feat. Ras Kass, Killah Priest, and Korrupt that had a song on “2000 BC” as a lot were unaware of the material he had at that time to put out instead of the Mock album “C True Hollywood Stories (most heard it on mixtapes “The Brainstream” – “My name is Nobody” and “The Vitruvian Can Man” not to mention The Horseman Project” EP and even songs that would appear in his fourth effort)
      His fourth album did more than live up any hype, “MIc Club: The Cirriculum” was praised by critics as to what they were always waiting on hearing and another concept in itself, it added up to 1,000 bars containing only two songs with hooks and a vocabulary no one has still shown this day of having. The highly distributed fifth album that followed was also praised in “Rip the Jacker” – However he did enlist in the military, in a stand that got him a lot of praise from most people, (I have never heard of anyone bashing someone serving their country)
      There was an obligation to another record label (and miscommunications) that would result in 3 releases in 2005 -“Mind Control” and “Hip Hop 4 Sale” failed yet a highly distributed, “Mic Club: Mixtape Master 1” sold better that same year.
      However, the irony being in 2007 his 9th solo album, “For Whom the Beat Tolls” satisfied critics and fans, alike, as it even was called by some the best in hip hip that year. Following that would be two albums in 2010 that did well in “Melatonin Majik” (most of the songs Professor Griff would appear) and “C of Tranquility” produced mostly by DJ Premier that featured amazing songs such as “Capt. Cold Crash” (you can youtube the fan made videos featuring the lyrics)
      The next year “Lyrical Law” would come out, a lot of the songs including Classic Pak.
      Prior to all of this Canibus put out the collaborations Cloak N Dagga – “Def Con Zero” (featuring Phoenix Orion and Free for the third time on Canibus release) He has also worked with and/or continues to work with Rakim, Kool G Rap, Jedi Mind Tricks, and K-Rhino who have nothing negative to say about him today – nor does Wyclef. Also his collaboration with Kieth Murray “The Undergods” was well received as Canibus’ 10,000 bars you can hear on Youtube.
      Yes, a battle with Dizaster would be controversial (different people have different opinions and even theories on it as Dizaster is on the upcoming new Canibus album, “Time Flies, Life Dies… Phoenix Rise” that comes out in May, 2015 – (two tracks have been released – listen to them and please tell me if he’s lost something) The fallout from the battle would only benefit Canibus (as Dizaster would lose a battle to Cassidy and yes, Canibus put out a concept album and would appear on stage at The Barclay Center with LL Cool J that squashed beef was major news last year) That year’s concept album “Fait Accompli” that included an incredible single, “Pay me in Gold” would probably would not appeal to most hip hop fans (that was high in timely production) nor would a lot of his work (even though About.com placed him at number 32 on their list of the “Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987–2007)”, while in 2012 The Source placed him number 44 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time – realize Lil Wayne is ranked higher) his references to Atlantis, the Library of Alexandria, Philosophers such as David Hume, the Post Renaissance era and Elizabethan Drama and Tragedy for he was always a different MC that was always more innovative and did things that inspired others that got credit for it. In 2015 kids in their 20’s and younger for “You know the name Canibus but what did it cost? Battle rap is nothing more than a serendipitous whore” – Canibus – Poet Laureate
      Robert Earle Stanton

    • Not only did you double post all that crap here, you thought it was so remarkable that you also posted it in your shitty WordPress blog! A WordPress blog that has only one post… that one! Did you really think that garbage was worthy of posting as an actual article? Because if you did, you’re so deluded it’s unbelievable; no wonder you think Canibus is a lyrical genius.

      Hey everybody, remember where you heard the name first; Robert Earle Stanton… the guy who can whip up an amazing article in five frigging minutes. Someone give him a publishing deal, quick!

    • AN AMAZING UPDATE REGARDING ROBERT EARLE STANTON:

      It’s funny as fuck that you feel the need to personally email me and tell me what a fantastic writer you are, how much I should be in awe of your skills as a published writer, and how you’ve made a career out of reviewing and writing blogs. The ironic thing is that the email you sent me is so badly written that it’s almost embarrassing to read! It was so hilarious that I had to share the highlights…

      You think of yourself as some big-shot writer/blogger but write nonsensical sentences like “The other thing you seem to not understand is that your opinion does not count if you’re not educated on it”. Do you seriously think that sentence was well constructed?

      You then go on… “the last thing that could be taught for people that write fiction or any creative writing for that matter, is how to write”… I hope you see the fucking irony of that sentence!

      After such woeful writing, you then weirdly write “You can google me, as I’m sure you have” … what a sanctimonious prick you are.

      For someone with such delusions of grandeur, who thinks everybody Googles them and thinks everything they write is a work of genius, maybe you need to stop living in a dream world and take a “creative writing” class, because it’s pretty obvious that EVERYTHING you write is appalling. I’m glad that you make so much money from writing so poorly, unlike you I do this for fun not money. Although, if you were so inundated with requests for writing, would you really have the time to visit this site every few weeks and drop me a personal email? I don’t think that things are going as well as you say they are, Mr. Stanton. Maybe get your head out of your arse, quit trying to school me, and un-bookmark this site. It’s quite obvious that this article has affected you in ways you cannot affect others with your mediocre writing.

      I have to say, the most funniest thing in your long-winded bullshit email was this amazing line… “when it comes to creative prose you have “It” or you don’t”

      …Robert Earle “Nobody Wants To Google You” Stanton, it’s quite obvious that you DON’T.

    • One thing i always hated about bis was his fans, they overrate everything he does, they kiss his ass, say his albums are all great (some are some aren’t), they dont do the guy any favors….just look at these replies!!

      I used to be a canibus fan but like you when CTHS came out I stopped listening to the guy. CTHS by the way was called a concept album when it first came out, not a work of satire. In my opinion after a potential backlash his fans labelled the album as satire to distract from the clear racism it contained. Check wikipedia and it calls it a concept too not satire (at least until one of his fans change it) 😉

      Even to this day people who arent his fans agree that the album isnt satire. check out the comments on youtube>>>

      “this is ridiculous especially for someone like canibus, what a terrible racist piece of crap.”

      “Dope rapper but honestly is an idiot. Right Wing Black Man…. Decade later Conspiracy Theory super Christian
      I feel like he is a waste honestly… Why did HE get to have the illest rhymes but nothing productive to rhyme it on. It’s like a great painter that only paints very elaborate pictures of dogsshit.”

      Also around the time it came out it was on forums that he joined the army and released this racist song, so I agree with you that the 2 events were not coincidence>>>>>

      http://www.afrocentriconline.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=14839&view=previous&sid=6723b7269b15dd2f96c548aef7ac1fba

      On this forum there’s a comment which reads>>> “did he just call Allah a “false god?” Mad dumb fuck! first person to be hollaring bout racism don’t see nothing wrong in belittling the religion of others!”………..which I completely agree with.

      Draft Me was also covered in this blog>>

      http://bluelakereview.weebly.com/on-reactionary-thug-rap-and-the-black-lumpenproletariat.html

      Even Immortal Technique said this in an interview>>>

      “I can be honest with you cuz I never hold nothing back and say I still never got to talk to him about that whole “Draft Me” bullsh*t that he made” You can find that interview here>>>>>

      http://slumz.boxden.com/f87/new-immortal-technique-interview-speaks-on-playboy-canibus-racism-etc-436433/

      I dont know much about the group but C4 were supposed to be white so lyrics which contain the N word are obviously racist. To say lyrics like these its obvious it isnt funny, or satire. People forget but after 911 this is how Americans spoke about Arabs, there was no satire in this song since at the time of the release there was nobody who said anything different.

      “My Band of Brothers, rarely just smother the enemy
      Razor blades cut ya face and leave a scar so you remember me
      Lurkin, to leave y’all with bloody red turbans
      Screamin “Jihad!” while y’all pray to a false god
      We ready for, all out war, it’s time to settle the score
      Grab a .44 and dump into nigga’s door”

      Satire has to bring issues into ridicule or shame, but Draft Me just spoke like your typical angry, racist american who wanted to join the army.theres no irony or sarcasm there and like you said when you take into account that bis joined the army it made the song a parallel with his own life.

      These days I haven’t heard much of his work, I listened to a bit of this album and wasnt really feeling it. Time flys (or flies) Life Dies Phoenix Rise sounds okay from the samplers Ive heard, but after Draft Me I cant bring myself to buy any more of the guy’s albums….Another point about his fans, it seems he has a few fanboys working for the media too. read this and its like reading someone grovelling to the guy!!! This is one of the most biased articles I’ve ever read>>>>>>>>

      http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2015/may/05/cult-heroes-canibus-madcap-artistry-a-hip-hop-great

      Sorry for the long reply, its just I wanted to put forward some actual proof that C True Hollywood Stories was NOT the work of satire his fanatical fans say it is. It was quite obviously just a bad album that contained a racist antiislamic song.

      Heres Draft Me on youtube

    • Wow, great research.

      I agree, there is no way “Draft Me” was satire. It was a weird mixture of his “Stan” character (which I assume was intended to be a dig at Eminem even though it didn’t work) and his own personal Republican, Pro-War personality. The verse where he played “Stan” he portrayed him as a coward, but Canibus’ own verse talked about training for the Army and signing up; which he did. At the point he joined the Army (like I said in other replies below) the song ceased to be satire in any way shape of form.

      Regardless of his bullshit enlisting and convenient discharge without seeing any action (what a fucking hero) “Draft Me” isn’t satire. I’ll break it down for his fans:

      • It isn’t Horatian satire since it doesn’t playfully criticise through gentle, mild, or light-hearted humour.
      • It isn’t Menippean satire since it’s not the length and structure of a novel. The track isn’t characterized by attacking mental attitudes and it doesn’t contain a combination of many different targets, or a rapid movement between styles and points of view.
      • It isn’t Juvenalian satire since it doesn’t disagree with the opinions of public figures and institutions. It doesn’t address social evil through scorn, outrage, or savage ridicule. It isn’t pessimistic, and it contains no irony or sarcasm.

      The Blue Lake Review link by the way is a great read, and your Guardian link proves what kind of kiss-arses work for the mainstream media these days. Angus “Hip-Hop Connection” Batey completely glazes over the C: True Hollywood Stories album as he crawls right up Canibus’ arse. He writes the sick-inducing line “While other rappers rhymed about guns, talked about being “soldiers”, about fighting “wars” in the street, Canibus joined the US army” what a fucking boot-licker.

      Back in 2002 there was an article called “Draft Me” in The Guardian. Here’s the archive…

      http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2002/jan/22/artsfeatures1

      The opening paragraph reads…

      “In the late 1980s Chuck D, frontman of rap radicals Public Enemy, memorably dubbed hip-hop “the black CNN”, positing it as an alternative to the mainstream media. He surely did not foresee a day when a rapper would make the news network’s patriotic fervour seem positively restrained. Last month Canibus, a once hotly tipped MC whose debut album was produced by Wyclef Jean, released a song called Draft Me. Wholeheartedly supporting the war in Afghanistan, he urged, “Draft me! I wanna fight for my country/ Jump in a humvee and murder those monkeys!/ Draft me! I’m too dedicated to fail/ Justice must prevail, justice must prevail!”

      So even The Guardian (who now ignores this song and album) didn’t call this song “satire”. “Draft Me” is clearly racist, prejudice, and Islamophobic. I don’t care what rap skills he has, after he made that track he lost all respect.

    • It’s kind of ironic but Canibus knows what he’s doing… The single greatest most ferocious and intelligent gentlemen ever to grace a microphone… And if CANIBUS was “One of those niggaz that niggaz look up to” in this period of time in 2016….!!!

      The world would be a better place.

    • …even as a long-time follower of Canibus’ musical output I don’t appreciate “Draft Me”…however there are such things as zeitgeist and thus the content of said track was definitely popular and should be qualified with due consideration of the social/geopolitical context…always difficult in hindsight, granted….
      I find it a bit unfair that you attach your disdain seemingly mainly to this mistake on behalf of Bis. IMHO, by doing so you in a way deny him the possibility of personal growth and change – let’s not forget the guy is now over 40 while he was in his mid-20ies when he wrote “Draft Me” – judging from his newer releases it’s obvious he has differentiated his world view over the elapsed years….btw, joining the army might have had a proper effect as well and probably got him thinking more and more aware than ever…
      “Oblivious Christians, Muslims, most of them
      Puppet Master controls both of them”
      “I pray to God my old sins don’t surface”

    • I don’t get that whole “kudos for changing” attitude that people like you have. There was a similar reply that someone left under my Eminem article, that we should all somehow pat the guy on the back for not making any more racist songs, similarly we should now all big up Canibus for no longer being Islamophobic?!

      What about all the people who didn’t bend to the propaganda on and after 9/11 or in Eminem’s case never made racist comments? We’re supposed to forget all the good, sane, un-bigoted people but show respect to all the idiots who were at one time prejudice or hateful? By that remit we should give a shout out to all those reformed criminals out there but ignore the people who never committed a crime. On the topic of anti-Muslim sentiment, there were many black rappers who didn’t sellout after September 11th and who didn’t hook up with a white rap group and who didn’t call people from Afghanistan “monkeys”, and they were all in their 20s too. But forget them, let’s all pull out Canibus’ lyrics and quote him out of context to try to prove he’s now sane. Fuck that.

      By the way, it was also the “Zeitgeist” to hate Jews in Nazi Germany, but the sane people didn’t fall for that bullshit either.

    • Who filters their trash? Whether you mean “Mad” as in angry or “Mad” as in crazy, it’s the dick who sifts through his own litter that is either; or both.

      Take your shit back to The Department Of Pointless Sanitation and maybe come back with an actual opinion.

    • That was the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time! ‘Dick who sifts through his litter’ lol 😀

  2. WOW, 1 Comment not including my clowning one……..congrats you are less popular then you try to make canibus out to be….SMH LMAO

    • WOW I’m guessing you suffer from premature ejaculation too. What the fuck do you call all this shit below, Scotch Mist?

      The fact that I put zero effort and zero funding into marketing, this says more about Canibus than this site. It’s funny as fuck that this is the only place you punks can come to since nobody else bothered to review his garbage album.

      So with all of you fanboys’ pseudonyms considered; Canibus has exactly five fans. Amazing popularity considering he had a leg-up from Universal Records.

      On a side note, how the fuck can you “Shake Your Head” and “Laugh Your Ass Off” at the same time, that’s like a left brain/right brain exercise; or to you like patting your head whilst rubbing Canibus’ cock.

  3. I didnt even kno he said this. i stopped listening to his shit after 2nd round ko. hes made trash ever since. dude did a 180 even more times than u said. talk about a *faggot nigga tryin to make a livin over dissin* then he disses wyclef eminem beanie jcole. dont kno why vinnie paz and trag do joints with dis lame. hes whack

    • Exactly, and maybe Slaughterhouse too. Canibus had real skills back in the late nineties, but he seems to thrive off bad decisions. The “Draft Me” shit was the lowest of the low in my opinion. The fact that racist white people have been calling black people “apes” and “monkeys” for years, and then for a black rapper to hang around a bunch of white punks and call brown people “monkeys” is the very definition of selling out. Once I heard that shit, it made me forget the lyrical prowess that he may have once had.

    • That’s some fucked up shit. The Promoted Response in your link says it all…

      “Where’s my damn 10,000 bars dvd that I ALREADY PAID $75 FOR? WHERES MY MONEY YOU PUNK ASS F****T? Canibus you are a punk ass THEIF. I was a lifetime fan. HOW DARE YOU STEAL FROM THE ONLY FANS YOU HAVE LEFT. I dont want your 10,000 bars and aint sayin shit dvd. I want the money that was deducted from my paypal an I want 14.9% interest for the time you’ve had MY MONEY!

      Is there any lawyers who will take this case? We need to come together and file suit on this Pagan bastard. He sold his soul for fame and ended up with no soul or money because he’s a dishonest punk.”

  4. CANIBUS IS AN ASSHOLE. HE WAS OVERRATED IN THE 90S, AND SINCE THE MAINSTREAM FORGOT ABOUT HIM, LAME WIGGER BACKPACKER RAP NERDS HAVE KEPT HIS SHIT SELLING. I NEVER PLAYED HIS TRASH SINCE HE SOLD OUT CLEF. HIS FIRST ALBUM WAS LAME AND HE AINT EVER RECOVERED.

    • Exactly, those fake “underground” wannabes have been fucking up the Hip-Hop genre; maybe even more so than the Hip-Pop fans. The fact that they suck Canibus’ dick and then act like his slightly above average rhyme schemes are some kind of great literary works is downright hilarious. Thanks for the reply.

    • Who the fuck are u saying that his lyrics were slightly above average. That shit was hardcore compared to pussy shit heard later on. Wyclef (much respect) was dissed for bland beats which was true. He was a battle MC that would rip LL in the ass. LL was just more commercially accepted by bitches like you who claim to be “underground” and know hip hop just because u state irrelevant facts. I can give a fuck who he was as a person and I know where he fell off, but he was the most hardcore at his peak and u can’t say the same abt Big Pun or Chino. You ain’t know shit abt hip hop with ur faggot Euro arse. Go listen to your electronica dance or that techno bullshit ur accustomed to. Phuk U!

    • Thanks for your two cents Mrs. Williams. I’m surprised you can speak with Canibus’ cock in your mouth, and I’m even more surprised you can type while you’re cupping his balls.

      Firstly, who the fuck said anything about Pun & Chino being “harder”? I said they pre-dated Canibus; which they did. Kool G Rap invented his whole rhyme style and every other REAL rapper made it popular. Canibus just rode the wave. Plus calling Canibus underground when in ’98 he did his very best to go commercial (doing freestyles with DMX and featuring on an LL track) just proves that he’s the biggest failure of all time. He didn’t want to be in the underground out of choice, he was forced there.

      I love the fact that you admit to everything I said as being “facts” but then call them irrelevant. So just for you, here’s another great fact…

      Someone whose best comeback is calling somebody a “faggot” but who then also says Canibus “would rip LL in the ass” is an imbecilic contradictory moron.

      And nice try with that LL shit, but I don’t rate him either. I guess it’s convenient for you dicks to assume I’m on the “other side”. It’s much more difficult to fuck with someone who wants all of you lame dicks to piss off.

      And another thing, please get your prejudice in order the next time you spout that shit. Saying I listen to Techno ’cause I’m European is like saying the whole of North America listens to Bluegrass; it’s not only incorrect it’s out of date. Why don’t you take your closet homosexual bullshit back to the hovel you call a home, and play some fucking Jazz… that’s how stupid you sounded in your reply. And for you to diss me for being “European” when you’re typing in English whilst on the English invented Internet, and then ending your shit with “fuck you” which is a Germanic and English creation; is the epitome of irony.

      Go and pledge allegiance to your fake Republic and listen to some fake Hip-Hop. FUCK YOU TOO!

    • dudes defence is that canibus was a battle mc, thats funny since canibus lost his battle with diz. when he pulled out that note book and said “ive always been technical”, shit was funny as fuck. i thought he was “programmed to kick hundreds of bars off hand”. pussy must not have been programmed right that day, huh???

    • “Faggot nigga trying to make a living off of dissing” describes Canibus more than anyone else. Also that “99 percent of your fans wear high heels” shit made no sense. How can you have all female fans and then say “Thats a bitch move some thing that a homo rapper would do”. He talked his own shit into circles. These fools who say “homo” and “faggot” like its still the nineties are played out. His fans be as irrelevant as Bis himself. They keep talking that shit and at some point they’ll encounter a Bi rapist who’ll sodomize their homophobic ass and then fuck they wife.

  5. On top ov all the racism him n his cronies are homophobic too. The amount of times he said faggot to peopl when he was the one who said ‘but u ain’t got the skillz to eat a niggaz ass like me’. Great lyricist, yeh right

    • THE ANTI-CHRIST IS ERECTED, THE WHOLE WORLD CHANGES PERSPECTIVE

    • Don’t glaze over the full lyric, you homophobic motherfucker.
      Canibus “The Primary Axiom”:-
      The faggot wants to be accepted, the Anti-Christ is erected
      The whole world changes perspective

      Shows you what kind of arseholes like his shitty music.

    • What an absolute idiot! “Higher Infinite Power Healing Our People” as far as I know every race and creed has homosexuals as part of their group, including within whatever his race is too. I don’t even know who Canibus is, but his fans seem like the worst kinds of people. I bet the fool watches lesbian porn though, what a contradictory hypocrite.

  6. Great Album. Supercedes my previous favorite “PSTD” by former Canibus collaborator Pharoache Monch. TOP TEN ON THE AMAZON CHARTS FOR RAP ALBUM!
    Talk about about a Phoenix rising from the ashes. The 1st RTJ, FWTBTolls, MMagick or LLaw were not acclaimed as this album. Spectacular double-single video with vintage virtual reality visuals, consistent produced beats, insightful skits & great overall music with honest emotions & futuristic & present-day subject-matter. The timing of Pac’s leaked phone conversation could not have been better either! #booom

  7. Dont disagree with much other then you saying he gave LL a boost. He messed L up in that battle, and LL started it so can’t hate on Canibus for that.

    You were kind of a dick about Canibus in this article, but he does kind of deserve it so i aint mad!

    • I agree that Canibus won the battle (although that’s not saying much since LL isn’t exactly a lyrical genius). I’m not a fan of either rapper, but consider how that whole battle started and who benefited.

      In 1992 Polygram bought Sony’s stake in Def Jam. So instead of being unprofitable, under Polygram artists like LL and Foxy Brown began taking the company out of debt. Foxy Brown even referenced “Rock The Bells” to reinforce the idea that everybody on Def Jam had to respect their main artist; LL Cool J. The public however, excluding LL’s fans from the eighties, weren’t really interested in LL Cool J. So in 1997/1998 when Seagram bought Polygram, and later bought Def Jam and Island Records, the whole thing became a part of the bigger Universal Music Group.

      Coincidently, at the same time Canibus features in “4,3,2,1” and starts this beef with LL. Then the album Can-I-Bus (on Universal Records – a part of Universal Music Group) goes Gold which is pretty good for a first time Artist without heavy promotion. After the beef however, LL also begins to be seen as credible. LL on Def Jam (now also part of Universal Music Group) is promoted as the “Greatest Of All Time”. He’s on the cover of The Source with Five Mics and the word “G.O.A.T.” (the name of his next album) plastered all over the cover, although he never received Five Mics nor is he considered the “Greatest (Rapper) Of All Time” by anybody. The album G.O.A.T. IS THE FIRST LL COOL J ALBUM TO HIT THE NUMBER ONE SPOT IN THE BILLBOARD CHARTS.

      He begins to do tracks with Puffy (Bad Boy – part Of Universal Music Group) Trackmasters (Universal Music Group) The Neptunes (Interscope – Universal Music Group) Timbaland (Interscope/Mosely Music Group – both UMG). This helped focus not only Hip-Hop, but all music on the Producer rather than the Artist. Timbaland/Neptunes/Pharrell/Puffy took over Hip-Hop and transformed it to Hip-Pop. Now all the genres are mainstream music and UMG make money from a big chunk of it.

      Amalgamating all the Hip-Hop/R&B/Pop music under the UMG umbrella was just to keep them in profit, and Canibus was a part of that; either knowingly or unknowingly. So he’s either the dumbest and most gullible Rapper out there, part of the Music Industry’s corruption, or a sell-out. Take your pick

  8. Canibus is just too advanced for you dude, the way you describe that he is just not really talking about anything is pretty fucked up, maybe its because you dont understand what hes saying? If you hear something that you dont understand just look it up and then maybe you will get a better understanding, Also you keep bringing up his past, WHO CARES that was the past, but if you really wanna go there then try to understand this, Canibus back then was trying to do anything he could to get in the game, sure he did make some bad decisions but people make mistakes, he obviously tried to stir up commotion and controversy to get atttention because thats what you do to gain power, 2Pac did this, even Eminem did this (He can be criticized for his degration of women and his other fucked up lyrics as well the same was your doing it to Canibus)
    Time changes people, the time is now and Canibus is releasing what he feels like releasing, hes not “sold out” because if he did everyone knows he would stick to rapping about drugs, sex, cars, and partying LIKE ALL SELL OUTS DO

    What you just described in your bat shit crazy article is basically that you cant understand his advanced lyrics and complaining about his past.

    P.S I just went through Fait Accompli and to be honest your right about one thing, the skits are way to long, but besides that I came out loving 8 tracks, all those 8 I thought were all dope and as fairly new (5 years) Canibus fan I think the shit he deleivered on Fait Accompli is one of my favorites *You focusing on so much of his mistakes probably makes you hate everything he does*

    • At least that’s a coherent argument. I don’t buy into that whole “he’s so advanced” bullshit. He juxtaposes elements from conspiracy theories, from religion, theoretical physics, pseudo religious concepts with weirdly prejudicial right-wing opinions, and all of you fans hear something new and astounding. Fait Accompli was filled with this type of crap. It was jam-packed with stuff Immortal Technique/Jedi Mind Tricks/Army Of The Pharaohs/Roy Shivers/dead prez etc. etc. have been saying for over a decade. He just seemed to weave some anti-corporation/anti-Wall Street/anti-greed shit into the mix. That’s not exactly new either.

      The nation sinks into a cesspool of sinflation
      Automated Jamaican simulations, I’m stimulated
      Eviscerated, well-shaven, when he’s dead cremate him
      Make sure you say his rhymes verbatim
      I’m a put you in rehab, punch you in your fuckin’ bean bag
      And go have myself a nice steam bath
      You don’t want the wrath of black Charlie McGrath

      That’s not exactly Earth-shattering lyrics. They have no narrative, no great rhyme structure, and they are exactly what I said in my article; pointless. And what’s with all the continued prejudice whilst siding with upper-class white people?

      They won’t get to reintroduce the Bradbury Pound
      Cause the red Chinese probably snatched up every ounce

      It’s the same class of people that are responsible for half of the shit he’s complaining about, but I guess it’s time to hate the Chinese now?

      China got two hundred and fifty quadrillion golden tons
      American confidence is waning, patriots complaining
      Drones in the sky filmin’ terrorist training
      The white man’s mad because the white man is selling out the white man
      Now you know shit is bad
      The Asian man got computers that don’t subtract, they just add up
      While the Arab man’ll still pull the dagger
      The rednecks from Santa Ana reach for they hammer
      Blam, Blam, Blamma look straight into the camera

      Stereotyping races and then complaining about your own Government and how they’re in league with a global conspiracy to fuck over the poor/invade Countries/collapse the Dollar etc. is plain stupid considering he joined the Army. Is the US Army not part of the Global conspiracy? If the Government and Head Of State are complicit with any Conspiracy, then every offshoot is also responsible including the Military and even the Media; both of which he signed up for. He’s the biggest contradicting sell-out of them all. And FYI, drones hardly ever “film terrorists training” since bullshit like Al Queda was a fiction created by the CIA. Drones are only there to film and/or kill innocent civilians in any Country they’re deployed in. He seems to only pick and choose certain conspiracies that suit him and which don’t make his whole spiel sound hateful and distasteful.

      And by the way, I don’t have to “look up” facts and history to know his lyrics are garbage, and my dislike of his lyrics is not because I’m “not understanding them” either. And fuck your punk-ass for calling it a “bat-shit crazy article”. Everything in there is pure fact; LOOK IT UP FOR YOURSELF.

      You need to read what I said about how he came up in the industry (see the comment above), then tell me if that was a part of your so-called “that’s what you do to gain power” bullshit. That being said, what “power” does Canibus have now after all that selling out? None.

      Can you understand that? Or is that too advanced for you?

  9. LITTLE BLOG WHORE, SATAN DICK SUCKER

    LOOK AT ALL THESE COMMENTS … WE KNOW WHAT WE WANT AND WHAT WE LIKE

    WE DON’T NEED TO HEAR WHAT YOU THINK

    DO YOUR MASTERS TELL YOU WHAT IS GOOD AND HOW TO PUT YOUR HEADPHONES ON?

    THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE ALBUM THE MAN IS SAYING HE WANTS FREEDOM… BUT YET YOU WANNA TURN AT HIM, SPIT ON HIM LIKE HE IS A NEGATIVE LIGHT FOR HIP HOP

    PEACE SNAKE

    • Since you’re the fucking nerd who’s got nothing better to do on a Saturday than to write petty little incorrect replies to my article; who’s the REAL BLOG WHORE?

      AND ALSO, CAN’T YOU COUNT? IT’S HARDLY IN YOUR FAVOUR.
      COUNT THE COMMENTS FOR YOURSELF:
      8 replies so far from 6 people supporting him
      10 replies so far from 9 people not supporting him
      So why the fuck are you talking that “we know what we want and what we like” shit?

      I mean, first it was “WOW, only 1 Comment”, and now it’s “look at all the comments”. Are all you Canibus fans switch-siding morons?

      Plus, for you to say that Canibus “wants freedom” and then bring up one of his prejudice lyrics in your other crap comment above, makes you the dumbest prick in Australia.

      Fuck your peace, you dumb confused hateful cunt.

      Sssssssssee ya!

    • By inference, I am assuming the thinks Canibus is a positive light for Hip Hop. Either way, by his own logic that would mean Canibus is more Satanic than the people who refuse to worship him. After all, Lucifer was known as the light bringer or light bearer. Maybe take your keyboard off Caps Lock and think about what you are saying before typing. If you are inclined to believe in such things, then at least get your facts straight. It is instances like these that lead to false idol worship.

  10. I’m shocked at all these comments, I didn’t think anyone listened to him anymore. His crap has sucked for years.

    • I’m surprised that he has any fans left after his prejudice worn out lyrics. This album wasn’t reviewed by any mainstream magazine (although someone told me that HipHopDX recently gave it 3 out of 5) so a lot of people were navigated here for lack of another critique. I guess his entire fan base which consists of several people came to my site because there was nowhere else to go. To anybody who isn’t a Canibus fanatic however, the album is quite obviously a one dimensional below average release. You can stream it for free online or via the Spotify embed below the article, and tell me you don’t feel like switching off by the time you hear the horrible “Luciferians” looped sample.

  11. Canibus is a joke and was a joke when he first came out with his nationalistic flag waving nonsense.

    I hate to correct you on anything, but about Jimi Hendrix – he only joined the military to get out of serving a jail term. Hendrix was very anti-war, and what’s ironic is the way Amerikkka loves to prance his image around and make endless amounts of cash off his music, when in reality they rejected him when he was alive. If you read up on him, he had a hard time with the rejection he felt at home in Amerikkka compared to how people in Britain were not critical of him and loved him. Hendrix played his biggest shows in the UK. The biggest show he got in the US was Woodstock, and they waited until everyone good had left Woodstock before bringing him along. When he did the Star Spangled Banner, Amerikkka was quite critical of it. If you go on Youtube and look up his TV appearances in the US, you’ll see how those men talk to him like shit on there. The Amerikkkan critics would write his shows off and they didn’t know what to think of him when he was alive, and when he had the all black trio Band of Gypsies going on, Amerikkka strictly didn’t like the idea of the all black trio and his manager fought endlessly to break them up cause “everyone wants the Experience to come back”. Also with Hendrix’s support to the Black Panthers wasn’t popular with Amerikkka either (a myth that they have tried to erase and say that he “hated them” when in reality he supported them). The song If 6 Was 9 is about how he was treated in the US. And finally on this topic, the Star Spangled Banner itself was criticized endlessly as I have said before, it only became a popular song when it was featured in a movie some years later.
    So in all fairness, Amerikkka loves to act like they loved him, but if they did, he shouldn’t have had to worry about releasing Red House in the US cause he was so scared they would hate it. He should have at least felt welcomed in the country if they loved him so much. Amerikkka didn’t like Jimi until he was dead and marketable. He received none of this love from them until he was in the ground.

    In Britain, they loved him and wanted him to play in big arena’s and have big expensive shows. He played his biggest concerts in the UK, and was celebrated as a star there. They made him a star really, and his albums sold way more in the UK when he was alive compared to Amerikkka before his death. That is why there was so much controversy with his death regarding his burial spot. Many people wanted him buried in Britain cause he was loved and cherished so dearly there. That’s why they fought over his funeral, the British believed he deserved a big burial in London since that’s where he spent most of his life as a star and was celebrated, and subsequently where he died.

    Sorry to go off topic like that but I felt it was worth clearing up. Hendrix was anti-war, and it’s a damn shame that he was treated so poorly by his own country until he died and now they make movies and shit about him and put his songs in commercials and shit to make money.

    • Hey, I did say “Hendrix was a son of a soldier who himself joined the Army and then later became ‘anti-war'”. If Hendrix joined up just get out of a jail term even though he was “anti-war”; that just makes him a hypocrite. You don’t glaze over your political stance just to duck some punishment. Do what Muhammad Ali did; take your opinion to the very end and never back down. I’ll always respect someone who sticks to their convictions rather than someone bending their ideas to fit their situation. Remember that “No Viet Cong ever called me a nigger”? I wish more minorities had that opinion; about any war for that matter. Canibus and Hendrix (obviously one was more talented than the other) can’t both switch up their stance AFTER serving in the Army. If you are truly anti-war, you NEVER join up. Dead Prez summed it up perfectly – “I got cousins in the military, but far as I’m concerned they died when they registered”.

    • I don’t think we would have ever seen Jimi write pro-war anthems had he lived past 27. Even song Machine Gun is mostly about the negative aspects of war.

      It just pisses me off bad how this country likes to parade his image around and pretend they loved him so much when in reality they didn’t until he was dead.

  12. You do realize that the entire album “C True Hollywood Stories” was a work of satire and parody about the music industry? Thats why he “saved” Stan and later had him in the “Draft Me” track. He was mocking all the anti muslim sentiment that was going on at the time after 911 happened.

    Also the “forming” of the group C4 which was a definite jab at D12. Think about it: D12 is a group a all black dudes who’s rhyming skills don’t even come close to Eminem’s, and C4 is supposed to be a a group of all white guys whose skills don’t come close to Canibus. The whole album becomes quite amusing and funny at times once I came to this realization. There’s more stuff I could point out about that album, but I’m just going to leave it at that. My only gripe with the album is that I wish it had better production.

    I just got Fait Accompli and I’m going to check it out. I don’t agree with everything you said about the album (especially how you think Canibus has sold out) but I’ll give it a couple listens and see.

    • Canibus’ “C True Hollywood Stories” album was garbage; it didn’t work as a complete piece of music or as a work of parody. I mean c’mon, how does Eminem & D12/9 11/E! Entertainment/Hollywood/Hip-Hop/War all link up? You can’t just say this was “satire” when the album itself had no coherent concept. If someone raps “Jump in a Humvee and murder those monkeys” without the use of any comedy or irony; how is this social commentary? Plus I’m guessing later joining up with the US Military was satire too?

  13. As a hip-hop fan, this has to be the most biased review I’ve ever read. The album is better than 90% of hip-hop crap out there right now. For an independent album, Canibus seemed to have put a lot of time into this album. When you’ve been rapping for 20 years, of course you’re going to contradict yourself. Every profession on earth is filled with contradiction since subjects are evolving. After listening to the album and reading to this review, the only thing that seems to remain the same of the reviewer’s retardation and biased opinion. The album is way better than lots of commercial albums I’ve listened to. The only garbage I smell is this biased review.

    • AINT NO REAL HIPHOP FAN LISTEN TO CANIBUS NO MORE. U FOOLS WHO THINK DIS LAME MUVAFUCKA IS DA ONLY 1 INDEPENDENT WHO DOIN IT RIGHT NOW B TRIPPIN. GO LISTEN TO DAT BEAST COAST SHIT B4 TALKIN THAT BS. CANIBUS AINT SHIT.

  14. As a hip-hop fan, this has to be the most biased review I’ve ever read. The album is better than 90% of hip-hop crap out there right now. For an independent album, Canibus seemed to have put a lot of time into this album. When you’ve been rapping for 20 years, of course you’re going to contradict yourself. Every profession on earth is filled with contradiction since subjects are evolving. After listening to the album and reading to this review, the only thing that seems to remain the same is the reviewer’s retardation and biased opinion. The album is way better than lots of commercial albums I’ve listened to. The only garbage I smell is this biased review. Luckily I’d already bought the album before reading this garbage review. I wont be surprised if this reviewer is working for major labels advocating for dumb and radio friendly materials.

    • My God, you Canibus fans are fucking dicks. You love to jump to conclusions without first looking at the whole picture.

      First it was…
      Dude hates Canibus – He must be an Eminem Fan
      Then it was…
      Dude hates Canibus – He must be an LL Fan
      Then it was…
      Dude hates Canibus and is “European” – He must love the Royals
      Now it’s…
      Dude hates Canibus – He must work for or like mainstream Hip-Hop.

      All of which were incorrect.

      Maybe read the rest of my articles before double posting your crappy reply; it’s pretty obvious I hate mainstream music, mainstream Hip-Hop, and mainstream anything for that matter. I hate Eminem, I hate LL Cool J, I hate Canibus and his garbage albums.

      And FYI, all reviews are biased since reviews are written by people. People are subjective and not robots.

      Go take your contradiction-loving, conclusion-to-jumping, Canibus dick-sucking, punk mother-fucking opinion and shove it up your shit-stained ass.

  15. Hey there, I’m not going to call you any names or accuse you of being a hater, but I thought you were really harsh and downright disrespectful in this review. Canibus may not be to your liking, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t created some of the most lyrical and densest rhymes to ever be recorded. Mic Club had some amazing songs on it (Curriculum 101 and Buckingham palace are incredible). Rip The Jacker is an absolute masterpiece, what bad can you possibly say about that album? The only time Canibus worked on a whole album with a strong producer and it is about as perfect as an album can get. Front to back are incredible lyrics and beats on Rip The Jacker. For Whom The Beat Tolls, C Of Tranquility, and Melatonin Magick are also strong offerings with some great tracks on them.

    I know Canibus is an easy target and has done a lot of stupid shit and released some pretty poor albums, but he also has made some absolutely incredible music. Like I said, he may not be for you, but that doesn’t mean you need to totally trash the guy just because he made a lot of mistakes and may not coincide with your beliefs or tastes. People seem to love making fun of him though and it’s too bad. Fait Accompli had some songs I really enjoyed on it, and if someone is a Canibus fan, they are sure to enjoy at least a couple of the songs.

    • Hey there, I’m not going to talk any shit back to you either, but you must accept that it’s my right to be “really harsh and downright disrespectful” to any piece of Art, public figure, or celebrity. For Canibus to “make a lot of mistakes” as you put it, it would have nothing to do with me had he been a private citizen; but he is not, he is a Musician. And if his public antics, music industry dealings, albums, and songs are IN MY OPINION worthy of criticism, then I will exercise my freedom of speech and say what I feel. Canibus’ fans can defend him if they wish, that is their right, but maybe you should all consider that this article and stance isn’t for you. And on a final note, I’m not trashing Canibus because it’s popular to “make fun of him” or because he is “an easy target”, it’s because I don’t like his political views, his switch-siding personality, and his latest album. I do agree with you that he is responsible for some of the densest rhymes ever recorded.

    • I completely respect that you do not enjoy his “political views, his switch-siding personality, and his latest album”, but your breakdown of his career made it sound as if Canibus never did anything impressive or noteworthy on the mic, there is a reason that he was so huge in 98, and all of his radio freestyles can still to this day match up and most of the time destroy any other rappers. He then went away from his punchline style and started touching on a huge range of topics, which is when he became more underground because the mainstream will never care about that kind of music. I can understand why people don’t like his music after he went away from being a punchline rapper, but to portray him as complete garbage is just unfair.

    • If I’d have been respectful and fair, this would have been the shittiest article ever. I wasn’t writing a biography on the man, it was supposed to be critical (have you seen the rest of this site?). The point was to get a reaction and it did; job done.

  16. Way to critical. You trash the song historic but it’s actually really good. The comme ts you have abt conspiracies etc are actually veey true. And not conspiracies at all. Quantitative easing was a backup plan, that didnt work. China doesnt want our dollar, thats obvious. I wonder how mucj news you watch my friend. Or if you have really ever listened to his al ums. Chollywood wasall satire that was the pt. Its ok to b critical but this was over the top brah. And yah the Chinese are a threat right now but not in the sense we typically view a threat. Idk man he jas a lot to say abt how since things have gone digital its all rigged he is right. He is hinting abt the payolla scam in radio migrating to the current (past ten yrs) era. Isnt it weird to hear lil wayne on every other rap channel/hiphop channel on satellite radio? Fans dont get requests they get whats selected by who pays the most. Haven’t u wondered y their is nothing good on the radio anymore? What abt all the tech he talks abt that turns out to be real (mazers, patent 4686605, and countless others?) I think you’re mad to see someone doing something different. Get rekt kid. “Why u want a website for u creep? Punchin those keys, remember the sound thats what it’ll sound like when I’m punch in ur teeth” sry for typos new keyboard on phone not use to it yet. And why do u think he is a democrat (liberal)? Is it because he’s black? I dont get it breh, I mean honestly in most of his music he sounds like a independent that leans right get rekt

    • The point is to be critical; that’s the whole point of the site. And if you’d checked out the rest of my shit, you wouldn’t be saying that “Is it because he’s black?” bullshit. And on that note I said “hollow lefty bullshit” meaning the lyrics in his latest album are FAKE left-wing. Conspiracy theories involving anti-government/UFO tech and having anti-capitalist ideas are inherently left-wing, but with Canibus (who joined up in the Military/worked for the Dept. Of Justice) is definitely Right-Wing. Dragging these ideas into his album is a “hollow-left” i.e. a fake-left construct; another point you missed.

      Secondly, if you were a true Hip-Hop fan you’d know that rapping about how corrupt the mainstream media is (including TV/Radio/Record Labels/Promotion/A&R etc.) has always been intertwined with the culture of Real Rap. Acts ranging from Public Enemy, Freddie Foxxx, Shabazz The Disciple, dead prez, A ALikes, Gang Starr, Screwball, Cormega… (the list goes on and on) have always made the fact known that the mainstream is corrupt. Recently the whole Clear Channel/Iggy Azalea crap was made known; it isn’t “weird” that Lil’ Wayne is always on; it’s common knowledge. Nothing new that Canibus has uncovered.

      Also, “C True Hollywood Stories” would only be satire if Canibus was a liberal pacifist. You cannot satirise something which you are in real life. So once he actually got drafted, the song “Draft Me” ceased to be satire. Being a part of mainstream music and being signed by Universal makes his stance on commercial music null and void too. And maybe if you listened to more Real Hip-Hop you would realise that Canibus isn’t the only rapper who makes “something different” to mainstream Hip-Pop. (Also, why drag lyrics from Mic Club into your comment? That isn’t going to help this album.)

      Lastly, why would the Chinese ever want the dollar? Everybody has their own currency. The US isn’t the fucking world’s leader. A possible reason the US Government hates Iran so much is because they wanted to trade all oil in EURO’s and that would seriously fuck with the US economy. In fact if you were into real conspiracies, you wouldn’t be that impressed with that side of Canibus either. I mean Quantitative Easing isn’t a conspiracy and neither are publicly known technology and patents; and H.A.A.R.P…. really, everybody since it was built in the early nineties has brought that up. I wonder how much real underground shit you really listen to or watch, my friend. But hey, maybe Canibus can find a patent or technology that can make sense of your phone’s keyboard.

      Peace.

    • Well, after hiring six Linguistic Experts working non-stop, we finally cracked what the fuck it was you were saying. Turned out a load of uninformed garbage; typical for a Canibus fan. Next time, if it’s rhetorical; maybe keep it in your fucking mind rather than hammering your thoughts into a fucked up phone. EXHALE

  17. WTF EVERYBODY ARGUING OVER SOME DUM SHIT. CANIBUS IS A ANOREXIC LOOKING CLOWN WHOS BEST SHIT WAS LIKE 16 YEARS AGO. HES DONE

  18. dude makes the same joint over and over. same delivery, same flow, same lyrics. repetitiveness made his shit garbage more than the enlisting. who cares about his latest album?

  19. You make some very good points about Canibus’ hypocrisy and his failure to live up to the hype that his talent warrented. But what I’m wondering is, why are you so viciously attacking him? He has failed to live up to the hype of his early career, so your zeal in ridiculing him is strange. I think you need to get your own house in order. There’s something perverse in beating up on someone who’s down and, more relevantly, who you do not know personally.

    • I’m not commenting on the dude’s private life; I’m commenting on his career as a Rapper. All that shit is public, Canibus makes money from it, so I as a consumer have the right to comment on it. I don’t have to know him personally to mock his celebrity incarnation.

      What I wanna know is why you agreed to be on Second Round K.O. with a fucking light-weight. Peace.

  20. Canibus was good. Keyword: Was. I saw the battle with Dizaster, he just pulled out old lyrics fishing for reactions and got himself bodied. You would think he would learn from his mistakes and not put out another pseudo “conspiracy theory” album. Unfortunately he didn’t….

  21. Being a fan is one thing, I’ll admit there was a time I thought he was the nicest ever, I still think he’s pretty good but this isn’t about that — I want to share an experience I had pertaining more to the type of person he actually is.

    I’m a producer and I had a side-project where I would mix the PL Infinity layers, it took a lot of time and effort, I was very proud of what I had created (this isn’t about me, I won’t plug anything here, it is just an experience). I’m not famous or anything but I do have a decent fan-base where I can upload a track and people WILL hear it. After hearing his J Cole response I felt kind of bad so I decided to make a tribute style track. I finished the track and as soon as I put it online I found out the same day he battled Diz. I found out by looking for an image to upload with the file as I always do, I was on Google images searching “Canibus Poet Laureate” looking for a sideways 8 or something to that effect. Lmao this is the first time I realized why Canibus never blew up. He is insane. The fan part of me was traumatized by the battle rofl! The producer part of me wanted to smack this guy — he cannot be trusted, period. I can’t trust you not to go do something so unbelievably idiotic, you got to think — its win or lose. 2 options. This f*cking idiot decided to go the third route, turn it into an absolute mindf*ck that makes no sense at all. If he had lost like a normal human being he would have gotten a lot of respect for the battle, after all its his first time in that kind of environment, Canibus being a “big Name” he would/did help the battle scene, I honestly thought that was the plan… Nope. He is just retarded. Mind you I had just finished sifting through 5000 bars to make this track lol! How the hell do you not come prepared?!? He had months to prepare, he brought that notebook along, it was planned, he didn’t prep at all, I… My brain hurts just trying to make sense of it, the notebook to his arm sling to his mentally challenged brother, adjfbkjbfkjsbsfafs…. Wtf did he think was going to happen?!? Maybe he simply didn’t give a sh*t, he just wanted the money while doing as little as possible, who knows…

    This was a while back, fast forward to more recent times. Turns out a lot of people took notice of the mix I made even though Canibus completely made a retard out of himself. Plenty of sympathetic listeners out there remembering the old Canibus, it had somewhere around 6k downloads on Reverbnation. Enough of an impact that some of his people were following me on Twitter, his brother and his manager, Idfk. Bunch of people who were spamming his releases, his “people”. This is what really pushed me right over the edge, the final straw, the “fan” part of me is dead, the producer part of me understands perfectly well why he never went anywhere, it is because he is a clown, him and all his people, the way he thinks and the way he does things. I noticed on my Reverbnation page that I suddenly lost a couple Twitter followers so I go to Twitter Karma to find out who unfollowed me. It was a bunch of people having to do with Canibus. I go to see what is happening because I didn’t even know these people were following me and it all comes together… He just released his Fait Accompli, the reason why they unfollowed me is because they wanted the follow/follower ratio to look more “professional” if you know what I mean — e.g Following 4 people with a high number of Followers. They all do this, you see it EVERYWHERE. So while I was doing them a favor it was cool to follow me but as soon as something new drops I’m removed. The funny part is the Twitter account promoting Fait Accompli (selling t-shirts and signed cd’s) only had like 16 followers, they padded that # with a ton of fake followers since. I’m not being petty here, keep in mind I was a huge fan of this guy but I am a producer, I have to try and see things from a business perspective so I can understand — the reason why he never went anywhere with his music is because he’s bugged out and he’s surrounded by morons, he seems to prefer it that way, I’m guessing they kiss his ass non-stop and he can’t get enough of it. You literally cannot even help this guy lol! Those who try to help end up with a headache for their troubles, people think he’s doing this Illuminati sh*t because he is a conscientious rapper, no. He has nothing else to rap about, in the past couple years the topic of Illuminati has gotten popular, that’s all it is. Tapping into that crowd like he’s against it. It’s all about relevancy, staying current. He is trying to re-invent himself to be all about that, the older/wiser Canibus, pfffft. He would join in an instant if he could. He exhausted every other avenue and when careers start dwindling this is the route many of them take. Ultimately he is just WEIRD beyond comprehension lmfao, I came to the conclusion that he is certifiably insane from being looked at as “CANIBUS” the goat for far too long. Idc who follows or unfollows me, I gain 10 and lose 3 every other day. All I did was MAKE A MIX LOL! Nobody paid me, I did it out of respect and because I was a fan. I just wanted the younger kids to give him a listen, no big deal. I figured I’d make a song, upload it and some people will like it, some will hate it, end of story. Shrug. Just another day. Instead what I got was… Lmfao a retarded mindf*ck of an experience that still makes no sense, I’m not mad, I’m not anything, Idfk what I am roflmao! *Motherf*cking Canibus!* All I can say is wtf is up with this guy!?!?

    If he is this unreliable to a guy just making mixes online imagine the kind of headache he poses to people in the industry, its crazy how all his songs are about everyone else being the problem, like he’s getting jerked and used… All while making a career out of dropping names… Then I think about Wyclef, he helped make Canibus famous, produced an album for him, it didn’t do well so Canibus turns around and blames Clef for the outcome lol, what a dick! I wonder why producers aren’t kicking down your door wanting to work with you! Turns down a Premo beat like it wasn’t good enough and then it gets used by D’angelo becoming a hit… You couldn’t pay me to ever listen to another Canibus track let alone touch it… The craziest sh*t from this whole experience is once I finally had enough of the madness I removed the track from my pages, removed the video from Youtube, all of it. I wanted nothing to remind me of this nightmare and what do I see..? His psychotically obsessed fans took the mix and re-uploaded it multiple times under their own accounts…. F*CK! F*CK! F*CK! LOL! Now if anyone types my f*cking name into Google you end up with goddamn Canibus!

  22. Fait Accompli was a solid album. Even with the JP style beats that shit was DOPE. TFLDPR is superior in production. Canibus kills it on every track he’s on. Who cares if he embarrassed himself. That’s something he’s gotta live with. As the Hip Hop listener I’m on the look for genuine rhymes, and Canibus delivers that flavor. I don’t care what went wrong. He’s definitely on top today. Canibus is the GOAT

  23. bronze nazareth always comes thru with the beats but canibus sounds like an old man these days with that hoarse dad voice. dude ain’t got that fire like he used to back in the day. and why did he have to do a track with that douche dizaster? the man sounds lame when he ain’t battling

  24. Bis never had a style that related to whites so he would never get commercial success. As for underground success, meh, he never was anything special, I liked his highly technical rhymes but you have to understand, you have 20 years to write your first song. Its easy to come up with a hit. Now write 20 more songs to make an album and put out a hit every 9 months for the next 20 years and you might be considered something. NOT EASY. I take it as a given that most artist will fizzle out if they produce hip-pop. Because unlike hip hop, hip-pop is bland and fadish. You can make 10 songs on fighting the bad government or bad racism, you can only make one or two song on it being “Hammer time” orr the shomoney dance.

  25. Never heard of canibus’ music (except second round ko), but I did saw his rap battle with dizazter on YouTube. It was embarrassing. Canibus was wack in the battle. Dude was spitting primary school rhymes (most of them aimed at dizazter’s ethnicity) and even rehashed lyrics from 2nd round KO. But bringing out the notepad was the proverbial nail in the coffin. Isn’t it supposed to be a freestyle? Yet there was plenty of Canibus-dickriding in the YouTube comment section. These dickriders can’t seem to accept that Canibus lost. That he got his ass handed to him.

    Draft me was deplorable and then he tries to be a conspiracy theorist??!!! Cut the bullshit!!

  26. Are You For Real? Get The Fuck Outta Here…. You Talk About Canibus Like You Some Kinda 9 Year Old Raped Daughter… Get The Fuck Outta Here You Mindless Troll… You Said Historic Is What?? Shit If I Knew You, I Would Burn Your Satanic Ass Alive….
    Canibus Is Hip-hop, And You Know Nothing About Hip-hop You Wack Article Is Proving That…. Fuck

    • You couldn’t burn shit, you knuckle-dragging, herd-following, backward fucking Neanderthal. I could take that shit as a threat, but we all know your dumb-ass is all dick and no balls.

      And get your similes in order; a “9 Year Old Raped Daughter”? What the fuck does that shite even mean?

      My entire site proves I know more about Hip-Hop than some dick-sucker whose best comeback is calling someone a “Troll“. How original, no wonder you’re so impressed with Canibus’ lame fucking lyrics.

      And what an amazingly original screen name, you sycophantic cunt.

    • My oh my you canibus fans are some kind of nutcases!!!! Why are you all obsessed with Satan?!?!?

      If you take a funny blog so personally how do you react and interact with the everyday real world?? Learn to chill out

      You know that you all sound crazy right??!? Maybe nobody’s told you LOL

  27. I was around for the rise of Bis…in NYC where I was raised, going to Fat Beats to cop vinyl. Heading to the Ave in Queens to get mixtapes. Scrounging a few bucks to get exclusive instrumental CDs. A person can quote all the “history” they want, but unless you saw the impact he had on hip-hop first hand, live and direct…then I’m not sure they fully comprehend the kind of monster Bis was. You listed Pun and Kool G (two of my favs) as emcees who already had a “multisyllabic” style, but that wasn’t exactly what defined Bis. I remember a convo around ’99 where a music critic I knew said he raps like a “free agent”…as in, it’s clear he’s a one man army, with no blatant gang affililations or veiled intentions to build street credibility, which allows him to intertwine philosophical and scientific themes into his bars. He gave a lot of writers hope. Writers who were sure there was no place for them in the game.

    I don’t think Canibus is (or ever has been) a mentally stable man. The industry is known to devour the minds and souls of young artists, especially ones with no support system. Most of his work after the debut album is pretty unremarkable. CTHS was abysmal. He has always had terrible taste in beats (as does Eminem) and intricate rhyme schemes only go but so far when backed by Fisher-Price instrumentals. I did enjoy the production on the BC joint but besides his occasional mixtape bars and collabos, his verses just seemed too scatterbrained and out of touch.

    You’re entitled to your opinion but what bothers me is the approach you take in replying to the comments (something a blogger should keep to a minimal anyway). You’re labeling Canibus fans in a way that does the piece you wrote a disservice. I did think the original piece was a bit snarky but not uncalled for, considering that Bis really did tailspin his career by making some questionable decisions. Replying to people with multiple paragraphs of attacks (and lots of strange homosexual imagery) makes this whole thing come off like a personal attack to the artist and people who support him. It’s almost as if you aren’t secure enough as an individual to let the people post their bullshit and (inevitable) attacks. Just let it slide and enjoy the hits your page is getting. It’s really not a good look when you get all crazy like that…over a two year span lol. Peace man.

    My point

    • “No blatant gang affiliations”? Canibus has a gang, its called the US Army. Fuck this prick!!!!

    • I randomly came across 2000BC a year after’s release. I have not been able to listen to another emcee since. 15 years later, I’ll still pop Canibus’ albums on but gave up on rap back then. Going to pick up “Fait Accompli” and give it a listen.

      He had terrible taste in beats/producers and made horrible career decisions, but he’s the GOAT in spite of those. Canibus with great beats? I don’t even won’t think about how monstrous that would be.

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