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Well here's Canibus Central's version of how Canibus got to where he is now. Half of y'all won't read this shit coz you already know it, but for you beginners, read this. It's the most accurate and extensive Canibus Bio on the www that I know of. Every site has a Canibus bio, so I thought Canibus Central should have one too, so here it is.
Canibus. Where do you start? He is, in my opinion, the most gifted emcee in the field of battling that I have ever heard. His very large vocabulary and sharp wit coupled with his raw voice and incredible talent to rhyme words together make him a pure battling machine. Any emcee I know of would fear battling Canibus. Just ask LL Cool J. hahaha!
But that's not to say Canibus begins and ends with battling. Canibus is innovative, he made sure his album wasn't just the next hip-hop album. It was intended to be an album for intellectuals, something thought-provoking, and it worked on me. Canibus has the ability to enable the listener to visualise anything he wants with his ultra-dope lyrics. Canibus has it all, he's not just here to battle, he's not just here to get your mind working, he's not just here to prove he's the dopest. Canibus is here to do all that shit and then some.
So where did Canibus start out?
Well, originally, Canibus (Germaine Williams) was born in Jamaica in 1975, to parents Elaine and Basil Williams. His father, Basil, was an international test cricketer for the West Indies and Jamaica. To view his career stats, click here. Anyway, Canibus is the oldest of two boys. After his parents divorced (I guess, it makes sense, but I don't know that for sure) Canibus's Mother, Elaine, decided to move to the US, where she worked for a housing project company which meant that she had to move her family around a lot. As a kid, Canibus lived in Jamaica, D.C, London, Atlanta and New Jersey. According to Canibus.com, he still lives in NJ.
Due to all the moving around, Canibus was never a really popular kid, as he never had time to settle into a neighborhood. This lead to Canibus writing rhymes and shit like that, and getting into hip-hop. It's commonly believed that Canibus got into breakdancing while in London, but I asked him about that and he said it wasn't true. Canibus learned breakdancing before he moved to London, and then showed others how to do it while he lived there. He told me heads flipped when he first showed London kids his breakdancing, explaining to me like this, making it easy for my Aussie brain to work it out:
"For them, it was like, always reading about Kangaroos and seein them on TV, and then actually seein a real Kangaroo. Know'msayin?"
When Canibus was about to leave D.C for Atlanta, Canibus' friend Pat called his cousin, Webb, in Atlanta, telling him Canibus was dope. Webb was like, "yeah, whatever, bring him through" Expecting just another average emcee. Webb was proven wrong. Canibus showed he has much skill and the two formed a group by the name of T.H.E.M (The Heralds of Extreme Metaphors).
T.H.E.M performed at the 1996 Gavin Convention, impressing Group Home Records CEO Charles Suitt. Canibus and Webb also handed him an 18-Track demo tape that night which they had made in two and a half months on Ensoniq EPS 16 and ESR 10 Drum Machines.
T.H.E.M also encountered a well-known and continuously-documented battle with none other than the Wu-Tang Clan and a highly-skilled Wu-Family member by the name of Killah Priest outside a popular nightclub in Atlanta.
Webb and Canibus first battled RZA and Raekwon, it's never been revealed who actually won the battle, but an impressed RZA called for U-God and Sunz of Man to challenge the young duo. T.H.E.M were holding it down until Killah Priest was brought in. KP kicked an obviously massive six-minute freestyle to end the battle. Respect was won by both crews in the end, and the crowd of around 100 people were certainly well-entertained.
Unfortunately, T.H.E.M broke up bitterly when a third party was introduced and beef between Canibus and Webb followed.
Canibus worked as a record intern at Group Home, and according to XXL Magazine, Canibus made it as high as General Manager of Group Home Records before starting his career as a professional lyricist.
Canibus' first official appearance on an album was in a track with Ras Kass and Heltah Skeltah on the Rhyme and Reason Soundtrack entitled Uni-4-orm. Canibus was invited to perform on the track by Ras Kass, who had much faith in the young and hungry lyricist.
But it was Canibus' third appearance that made headz really pay attention. Hooking up with The Lost Boyz, A+ and Redman on 'Beasts From The East', Canibus set the microphone on fire and caused many bad cases of whiplash as everyone was turning their head when they heard this young emcee's stunning 2 minute, 37 second verse. The epic verse also gained Canibus his first appearance in The Source, as he took out 'Hip-Hop Quotable' honors for the month of July, 1997, or issue 95, however you wanna put it.
Canibus then laced many a hot joint. After 'Uni-4-Orm', 'Music Makes Me High (RMX)' and 'Beasts From The East', Canibus joined The Firm to set the track 'Desperados' alight. This was followed by '4,3,2,1' with LL Cool J, Method Man, Redman and DMX. Canibus then made another stellar performance with another favourite emcee of mine, Common, on the track 'Making A Name For Ourselves'. He also lended vocals to the remix of Yvette Michelle's 'DJ Keep Playing'
After his appearance in '4,3,2,1', a well-known and much argued-about beef between Canibus and LL Cool J followed. If you wanna know the details, click here.
Canibus had really made a name for himself, but it was at the opening of Puff Daddy's restaurant, 'Justin's', that his life would change up even more. Canibus was introduced by Jay-Z to Wyclef Jean. Wyclef invited Canibus to perform on his latest single, the remix to Gone Till November, with R. Kelly and Destiny's Child.
Canibus made his second appearance in The Source in issue 101, headlining the magazine's "Future Shock / Rap's New Generation" Article, where the following was written about him:
"..To hear Canibus so savagely rifle his brand of verbal abuse at potential adversaries is to witness the resuscitation of a dying art."
Damn. In the same issue, Canibus also interviewed the God, Rakim. The interview will no doubt go down in hip-hop history, as it was almost a torch-passing like event. The greatest to ever bless a microphone interviewed by the emcee most likely to continue his legacy.
In next month's issue of The Source, Carlito Rodriguez had this to say about Canibus:
"...MC's are in effect again....Leading the sabre-toothed, hungry pack is that verbal time-and-space bender hisself, Canibus."
And then, writing about the then forthcoming album -
"..If his short, yet deadly, track record is an indicator, the art of MC'in is about to be stepped up a few levels"
Yes, Canibus had arrived, and the whole hip-hop world new about it.
After a short while, Canibus became a member of Wyclef's Refugee Camp, and nationwide fame followed. Wyclef became Canibus' manager, and invited him to join the Refugee Camp at the Smokin Grooves Tour, where Canibus rocked the crowd with a lion on stage.....dope.
Over the next few months, Canibus continued to create hype with appearances on various mix-tapes around the world, his single from the Bulworth Soundtrack, "How Come", and the Universal Records compilation album, U-N-I Vs. All, which featured the ultra-hot cut "Boys 2 Men" Which starred Canibus, Mr. Cheeks and A+.
September 8 was the release date for Canibus' long-awaited and very much hyped debut release, 'Can-I-Bus'. Canibus had a dilemma on his hands. His strength is obviously battle rap, but to come with a whole album of battle rhyming, Canibus would be considered one-dimensional. On the other hand, if Canibus came with an album of anything other than battle rhyming, would the fans be ready for it? Plus, he would probably be accused of not giving the fans what they wanted. Damn, what was Canibus to do?
Surprisingly, there was no delay. Can-I-Bus came out right on schedule and sold 270 000 copies in the first week of release. It was greeted with a flurry of bad reviews. Canibus had come with some very thought-provoking shit on the album, and those capable of looking beyond a bad beat enjoyed it. Unfortunately, the media couldn't look past the production, provided by Wyclef Jean and the Refugee Camp. The beats on this album were nothing short of terrible in my opinion. Particularly 'Rip Rock', 'Let's Ride' and 'Hype-Nitis'. The boring 'What's Goin On' would have been a good cut if it weren't for the overall dreary feel it had. Rip Rock had some dope lyrics and a good concept, but one very shitty beat. Canibus came with the hot skills on each track, but appalling production really let the whole album down.
Despite the poor reception to the album, it did go gold.
Not happy with the hip-hop world's dislike of his album, Canibus made two pretty big moves. He first promised an EP (entitled "The C-Quel") with the kind of shit the hip-hop crowd was looking for in his debut. It's set to have production from my favourite producer, DJ Premier, and feature guest appearances by none other than RAKIM, Raekwon and Rebel INS. Secondly, Canibus decided to relieve Wyclef of his managerial duties. Giving this reason:
"When we were on the Smokin' Grooves [Tour] and everything," Canibus said, "he was a manager, you know what I mean. [Wyclef] helped me get on Smokin' Grooves. He helped put certain things on soundtracks, like the 'Bulworth' track. He helped me produce the album, and he was like a managerial source... We had a talk, and we kicked it and I feel like I should get management elsewhere, you know what I mean, because he's an artist and it's difficult for him to manage another artist."
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I've adapted and adjusted my aim accordingly The leap years are boring to me, I speed up quarterly The Golden Era of Rap will always be apart of me The future talks to me because the present is ignoring me | Reviewer: Rip The Jacker | 7/7/13
This is all I gotta say to all my fans ...
Yo, why is the Ripper so ill?
That would be a unpardonable breach of confidence for me to reveal
He said "One of these days, all eyes would be on me
When they look up in the sky and see the neon C"
Rhymes inscribed on a nickel disk encased
In glass with an ion beam for longevity
For more then 10 centuries, impressions and memories
The first time the machine inventor will mention me
Canibus was a visionary indeed
He believed light could travel in multiples of C
The organic supercomputer that solved the mysteries
Of Klein Kaluza with two blue metric rulers
Liked Cool J, but thought Stephen Jay Gould was cooler
And he never liked to propagate rumors
Smoked Canary Island cigars
Liked American luxury cars and beautiful Asian broads
He had a strong mind, he used to philosophize
About rhymes while he was pruning his bonsai
He claimed that he had written the greatest rhyme of all time
But he would never take it out his archives
He wrote 2 songs per day
And was constantly experimenting with his wordplay
In his youth he did a report on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
He got an F but he deserved an A
I followed his career from the first day
It seemed a lack of support contributed to his inert ways
I seen him pull in 24 hour workdays
With deferred pay, undeterred by the word "shame"
Public humiliation was the worst pain
He was spinning out of control like a class 5 hurricane
He said he wouldn't want another MC to suffer the same
Especially when there's nothing to gain
He was the illest alive but nobody would face it
He spit until his tongue was too torched to taste it
Properly funded corporations carbon dated his latest creations
To extract the information
They found it utterly amazing
They claimed the body of his work was the same thing as a priceless painting
Never mattered to him that art galleries hated him
Cause Thomas Kinkade called and said he would take 10
Complete enigmas wrapped in puzzles encrypted in language
With sound but without shape or signature
Kept files in his garage on MS-DOS
In a fire-proof pod, he thought it was odd
Outside there was a shed with an Oppenheimer lock
He apparently kept more wax then Madame Tussaud's
We were in total awe, cause it blew our minds
So many rhymes that were intricately designed
He was Poet Laureate of his time
And if you don't mind, I'd like to share some of his rhymes
Alone in my room, looking through the 32X telescope zoom
Adjusting the focus of the moon
One should not assume the philosophy of David Hume
Is nothing more then a subjective conclusion
What is the maximum field rate application?
The runaway glaciation surrounding the ocean basin
Affects the population fluctuation
On a continuous basis but that's just the basics
The juxtaposition of Canibus's position
The precision of something no other has written
Way above and beyond what was intended
The unparalleled malleable enunciation of a sentence
You didn't go to college obviously
I can tell by your ungodly unintelligible terminology
A remarkable odyssey, the rhymes of modern speeds
When the brain orders the body not to breathe
Your competency is not up to speed, you're not in my league
You couldn't possibly be hotter then me
Or oppositely your minus 25 degrees, you'd squeeze
But the condensation makes rifle barrels freeze
Allow me to speak figuratively, nigga please
My intellectual properties are about the size of Greece
Your counselor advised you not to speak
My counselor advised me to keep rhyming until they stopped the beat
In the words of Joseph Heller, "I learned how to write better"
Even though it sort of irked me
He said he didn't understand the process of the imagination
But he felt he was at its mercy
Which explains my point perfectly and certainly reinforces
The reason why nobody's probably ever heard of me
Couldn't understand what I mean by ill
Unless you try to translate what I print to film
This is the line of will, the circle of time
The cycle of eternity, the emergence of 1 line
Academic phonetics render critics tongue-tied
I've personified dry humour of cum laude alumni
A wise man sees failure as progress
A fool divorces his knowledge and misses the logic
And loses his soul in the process
Obsessed with nonsense with a caricature that has no content
My style is masterful, multilateral
I could battle a fool and be naturally cruel
Words of scorn are a disastrous tool
From an existentialist's view I'm a better rapper then you
Grab the mic and rip your physical fabric in 2
My attitude is fucked up but admirable
Different methods interpreted into different forms
From entirely different perceptions and seen from different norms
Not to spit in the poem there's much more involved
There's much more pieces of the puzzle for you to solve
48 orders of mechanical laws
And rays of creational cause, enhance the cadence of my bars
Maybe I am self-absorbed
But that's the effect, to find the cause you should ask my A&R
Today is what it is, but only because yesterday was what it was
Permitting you heard of Beezlebub
A tale of demons and drugs, pissy drunk in the club
With the DJ doing the needle rub
Chances are you'll never see me son
Yeah I know my name's Canibus but I can't help you if you need a dub
I came to holla at some big booty bitches
And listen to the speakers thump, where you get conceited from?
I'm so nice on the mic, they want to beat me up
Its deep as fuck, I ain't seen it all but I've seen enough
Really unbelievable stuff
There's a lot of times when I want to speak but I'm stuck
I should leave this rap shit alone
And kick my incredible rhymes in the privacy of my own home
My imagination is my own
The liberty to speak to freely lyrically on the microphone
With a pen in my hand, I bring motion to the angiogram
And become "Cani-millenia man"
Engrave my back with the emperor's stamp
Been spitting scientific rap since the 17th century began
Trying to escape the wicked empire of Def Jam
And the land where lyrics are bland and heretics hang
Every warrior has an axe to bury
But he has to learn to discern between enemy and adversary
I said to myself, "Germaine this is insane
It's suicide its controlled flight into terrain"
I fought to regain control of the plain, but went up in a ball of flames
And got banned from the hip-hop hall of fame
For two bars I kept hearing in my head
Over and over again, it cost me everything
I'm convinced now that more than the truth is at stake
Where people create language that pretends to communicate
Euphemisms are misunderstood as mistakes
But its a bi-product of the ghetto music we make
From an extroverted point of view I think its too late
Hip Hop has never been the same since '88
Since it became a lucrative profession
There's a misconception that a movement in any direction is progression
Even though the potency of it lessens
Big money industries writing checks to suppress the question
And nobody gives a fuck no more, no one goes to the book store
Ever since the confluence of Moore's Law
But I stay in the lab like Niels Bohr
His son Aage, Edward Lawrence, and Leo Szilard
Lyrically I take rap music and turn the knob
To the right full throttle and added panache
Why would I argue with my own conscience over the truth?
That's like me telling myself "don't tell me what to do"
Dialysis and analyses of battle MC's
Sometimes I say things I myself can't believe
My lyrical is so skillfully elliptical
I can understand how it makes you miserable
You wonder why I never let you play your beats for me
Or why I keep my studio enshrouded in secrecy
You wonder whats my infatuation with Alicia Keys
"Canibus why don't you speak to me?"
Yo, I meant it when I said no one can shine on a song that features me
That's why I said it so vehemently
You need to replace the hate with respect
I'm probably the best yet, Poet Laureate
Thank you guys very much! Peace,love,respect and dark blessings
With many lines"more lines than a million pairs of adidas" | Reviewer: Thabang Sepagela | 11/12/12
Wow...2 of my friends introduced canibus to me.....while i ws mceein in 2002....listening to bus ws 1 of d most experiment iv ever discover...i even wonderd if canibus ever take a break frm thinkin nt of lyrics?....i mean wt d guy spit frm his mouth its like whoooaaa...al d time...ur d illest rapper alive....we myt knw dt illest died on march 9 bt Mr Williams d best.....
Canibus Best Done Did It | Reviewer: Xcobus Mastermind | 11/8/12
Canibus till I die despite the fact he lost d battle. I can tell u that I know d reason cos that shit sounds childish n if am to be canibus I won't chose to battle that stupod azz Arabian Crony battle rapper. Canibus thought the shit is gon go down like battling like back in d days when they rate mcs wit skills not knowing that everything is now crony.
Canibus the greatest of all time.
Greatest there is! | Reviewer: Kim | 6/15/12
Even though thing didnt go the right way on the Canibus vs Dizaster battle, Canibus is still tha shit!. When putting two rappers to battle that each represent their own rap age thinking about how things is done today with the fast rhyming, Canibus still is the greatest in his leauge even though things ended as they did. And by his unusual interest in the universe and his way of putting words togheter that most rappers could never imagine im still convinced he is the greatest in delivering quality material.
Even though he choked in the last part, he really handled it well considering the curcomstances.
There will never be another one that will ever be using his words and knowledge like Canibus has done in his own unique way.
forbidden scriptures...made da devil ejeculate on his fingerz! | Reviewer: Asopat owza | 5/1/12
canibus is the best there ever is nd the best there eva waz...he is the reason im a soilder nd a loyal fan of indipendant hip hop. i heard abt him back in 2000 and hip hop was not really big in south africa then. so im so glad to hav known him at an early stage of my life coz i waz like 13 yearz old. so big ups 2 canibus for opening our eyez nd teaching us abt the lyrical laws nd da true meaning of hip hop!!
The illest Poet Laureate will never die! | Reviewer: Steezy | 4/20/12
These other over-rated mc's can hate and lie all they want. The truth will never be changed and the truth is that Canibus is the most qualified, GPA-certified, truest and verbally sound musician alive.
Canibus The Beast From East | Reviewer: Xcobus Mastermind | 3/22/12
Basically Canibus is the Best Rapper others been getting what they never deserved, Canibus put many Rappers into the Rap game. He's like a portal to many lyricist n he's the definination of Rap music.
Pac n Biggie did theirs but there's far differents in perspective to what Canibus sees, he's a social scientist. Although Big Pun was underated but naming emcees I think Canibus should be on the top list cos he touches lives.
On my own point of view Eminem never deserved the best Rapper cos they are so many Rappers out there that spit better rhymes every now n then.
Canibus is the Best Rapper Alive!
Well... | Reviewer: Brooklyn | 11/27/11
Although this review is extramly bias, I do like canibus :) My friend recmmended him to me a few weeks ago when i mentioned how sick eminem was and he was shocked i had no idea who this guy was. Anyway- many songs and research later I've come to this review. I did learn a few new things Though(assuming they're accurate.) and +7 points doe thinking he's beyond amazing in the world of emcee's. Good imput(:- Brook
The best ever!!!! | Reviewer: Ray | 4/8/11
Canibus is the illest alive no one will ever come close. No Eminem no Royce no one. He won the battle its just he was too good too real too smart They black balled him and thats it. They only let niggas saying bitches and rapin about money in to the lime light.Im out. Can I bus!
myspace.com/darkdun69 | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/21/09
From day one, I said Canibus roasted LL. I'm not hating on LL because I used to be an LL fan before a lot of people, at the same time, he became corny albums ago. I'm still a Major Canibus fan. However, I do agree that he needs better productions with certain songs. I guaranteed u if he would've had other producers like DJ Premier, Havoc & so on, he would've went Platinum instead of Gold. I haven't heard anybody that rhyme like him not even Feminem, oops I man Eminem. I went out and brought 2000 bc & Mic Club, fuck these non-rappin' ass rappers that's out today. If u ask me, I think Lil Wayne is garbage towards a real lyricist.
canibus will ever run out of things to say | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/8/08
canibus is the illest mc that u niggaz ever set I's on his metaphorical lyrics places him above all these little bitch wanna b rappers to day they all sound the same yo let me here somthin else 4 real
i was nice b4 ice b4... | Reviewer: musa | 8/3/07
yo canibus is da bomb.m;fucken LL can;t spit shit.yall niggaz agree wit me dat when it comes to the mic canibus rocks yall.canibus is samson b4 a thousand soldiers armed w donkey jaw & wreck all yall.the undisputed,undefeated,micro4ne sanctifier,jaw breaker,reap the jacker,king of e mic.......
flip shit wit the ballistic characteristic | Reviewer: robert tom | 8/3/07
u cant stop the beast from the east. all y all bitch niggaz can eat a dic.wy u frontin wyt boy candy ass name.ladiz l cool wat suck a canibus dic & sale y freak body 4 vanity.u knuclehead brain washed brizzles,cant jump agroove off ma bake u burn,rubber face rappers.the saga continues.canibus keep it real dawg
THE GREATEST MIC RIPPER EVER | Reviewer: ANDREW GATUMA | 2/27/07
Canibus remains my greatest mc ever to step on the mic.when most mcs flow about their grills and diamonds,the guy is here talking about reality,society and pretence.His track can i bus was my favourite ever.
'Bis' - ahead of his time | Reviewer: Jaxx | 6/20/06
When I aim and fire my rhymes, like a hundred cannon balls flying
Striking you one at a time, in a parallel line : is the anyone who never felt one line the canibus bust 'u r liare liare ur pants on fire'
I lost count of how many mics he smoked minus the GOAT : )
HIPHOP and BIS r inseperable - the true image of hip hop
no questions asked.
Thee illest Mental stimuli of all times.
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