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Canibus Poet Laureate II Lyrics

Last updated: 09/28/2012 02:13:16 PM

[Sampled Intro: same outro from Poet Laureate]
Uhh I dont understand how a writer could ever get writer's block, so called
My problem is having too much.. and being unable to get it down...

Yo, why is the ripper so ill?
That would be a unpardonable breach of confidence for me to reveal!
He said one day 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 a glass with an ion beam for longevity
For more then 10 centuries, impressions and memories
the first time-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 2 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 the lack of support contributed to his inert ways
I seen him put in 24 hour workdays
with deferred pay, undeterred by the word "shame"
Public humiliation was the worst pain
he was spinnin out of control like a class 5 hurricane
He said he wouldn't want another emcee to suffer the same
especially when there's nothing to gain
He was the illest alive but nobody would face it
he spit till 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, the art galleries hated him
cause Thomas Kinkade called, 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, we 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

[*beat switches*]

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 run away glaciation surrounding the ocean basin
affects the population fluctuation
on a continuous basis but that's just the basics
The juxtaposition of Canibus' position
the precision 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 not in my league
you couldn't possibly be hotter than me
Or oppositely you're 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 rhymin 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 exploits 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 mind
Academic phonetics render critics tongue-tied
Ive personified dry humor 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, multi-lateral
I could battle a fool and be naturally cruel
Words of scourn are a disastrous tool
from an existentialist 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 just spittin a 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 Beelzebub
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 names Canibus but I cant help you if you need a dub

[*beat switches*]

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 wanna 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 where I wanna 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 freely, lyrically on the microphone
Wit a pen in my hand, I bring motion to the enneagram
and become "Cani-millenium man"
Engrave my back with the emperor's stamp
been spittin scientific rap since the 17th century began
Tryna' 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
its 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 2 bars I kept hearin in my head
over and over again, it cost me everything

[*beat changes back to the original beat*]

I'm convinced now that more then 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 of 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
and his son Aage, Edward Lorenz and Leo Szilard
Lyrically I took rap music and turned 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 analysis of battle emcees
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 what's 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 place the hate with respect
I'm probably the best yet, Poet Laureate!!!

[Sampled outro]
Generally I take.. I go with the given..
ya know with what comes to me .. over the celestial wireless ..
whenever it comes, you're lucky when you get it..

Thanks to Rome101 for submitting Poet Laureate II Lyrics.

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25/10 | Reviewer: Lutlas | 9/27/12

Poet Laureate!!!.... On a scale of 1 to 10 i give bis a 25. There is no commercial artist as at now who can possibly use such intelligence to compose a masterpiece like this one(poet laureate). No Lil wayne, no Nas, no Jay-z, no Rick Ross, you mention it, none.

Real sh!t but not popular | Reviewer: Blood Candy | 7/24/12

Just wanna tell Eminem fans that Em ain't better than Canibus.Em is overrated bcuz of he's race but lyrically he ain't good enogh Em got stupid childish lines He hasn't spoke his mind since entering rap biz.

Wow | Reviewer: Emanz | 4/28/11

This is the most lyrically sophisticated album i've ever heard and this song is the crown jewel. Defiantly the greatest rap album of all time in my opinion.

Try and rap along if u got the lungs for it, lol

The ripper did it. | Reviewer: Johnny de Tank | 10/25/10

Canibus is the future. This song is evidence of that. Its truely unbelievable how its still relivent today, sadly like every great song and artist, he won't be credited for his ingenius work till after his death... Poet laurette, indeed you are 'Bis... "...Become can-i-millenium man..."

HOLLOW rhetoric? | Reviewer: david | 6/20/10

I dont think people understand what this song really is about. Its about how modern music and todays generation has lost its sense of purpose yet canibus has remained true. its really not about canibus really its about individuals. HOW does any one miss these things. reference to other great men in history isnt to boast about how well read he is but to demonstrate that the same thing that made art art back then should remain true today. so many misunderstand what this song is about. I could go on but i really dont feel like it. SMH

Untouchable track, lyrically... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/27/10

...Canibus is lyrically the greatest emcee in history. This track alone proves that and it is so sad that many so called "hip hop fans" dont even know that Canibus exists, let alone understand or cipher his rhymes. I regret not paying more attention to this album...I was young n foolish about hip hop :-/...but thank god I finally opened up my eyes n mind to see what is happening to hip hop...I jus wish other hip hop listeners would do the same. are truely POET LAUREATE for eternity!!!

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 of 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<---omg, fuckin insane lyrics n unbelievabely true!

What most people don't get | Reviewer: Rome101 | 1/11/10

Yes, Canibus is a mindblowing emcee and one of the best rapper, if not the best by his own, in the entire underground scene.
Frustratingly, this is also the reason he'll stay underground for life. He's just too sophisticated for the mainstream.

"Not just spitting the bars there's much more involved" - notice there's a real freaking storyline here.
"There's much more pieces of the puzzle for you to solve".

At first he tells of a great talent, just looking forward to being acknowledged as the illest rapper of his time, his lyrics living well beyond his own decade.
He mentions his beef with LL Cool J by saying he liked him, but Jay Gould (a scientist of some sort IIRC, I just' CBA to look it up on Wikipedia).
He than throws in the lines of "Smoked Canary Island cigars (high-quality expensive cigars), liked American luxury cars and beautiful Asian broads" to employ the young talent has very expensive tastes.
And with that being said, he's not just a main-streamer enjoying money. He works hard for peanuts, has no shame of his sales failing, simply enjoying what he does.
But than came the public humiliation (probably a reference to the beef with LL) that drove him mad.
Centuries later, people re-discovered his arts, retrieving whatever information they could from his antique recordings.
And like every true artistic genius he was only acknowledged for his greatness far after his time (just like deVinchi,Van Gogh and such).

"Now if you don't mind I'd like to share some of his rhymes"
The second stanza is one of his creations, containing lots of references and awesome lyrics.
It describes his loneliness and wisdom.
At the end of this, he tells of what he ended up as - a drunk guy in a club surrounded by lowlives.
Going down to drugs and messing with lots of unpleasant people.

After the beat switches it now talks of his re-uprising.
He reminisces good old times and shows his wrath about what hip-hop had become while he was "out".
"People create language that pretends to communicate" - he claims that "More than truth is at stake", stabbing today's main-stream artists using their true or fictional tragedies to attract attention, when attention brings money - their real goal.
"There's a misconception
that a movement in any direction is progression
Even though of the potency of it lessens"
Even when you move up the best-sellers' ladder, it does not mean you're making a progress. And true that, look at Eminem - he became a best-seller and his rhymes are now as shit as Vietnam. He creates mainstream music and abandons the real raps, trying to act 'gangsta'. This is as if Canibus stabbed him for doing the real rapping just for the money and nothing for the attached emotions a rapper would release with each creation.

Canibus also mourns the people themselves, that maybe the industry pays rappers to drop the hearts and go out just for the money, but the people themselves let this happen by reversing their knowledge, not being interested in learning and go for the beats addiction instead (notice the beats never take the primary spot in Canibus's songs, the lyrics are the at the spotlight at all times).

A stab at Dr. Dre over Guilty Conscience and we get to the last lines, where the amazing lyricist shows he has no remorse for anything he ever said.

Canibus is deep, dope, ill, you name it. I call it "incredible".

sk | Reviewer: Brent The Great | 10/30/09

to hip hop junkie,

i dunno much about rap or hip hop man. but i do love canibus. but the reason why i respond is;
you said "ill keep it underground"
you act as if people try to stay underground...when thats not the case. the reason for being called underground is because its publically unknown, aergo they're not that big yet, not because they try to be.

GIVE CREDIT WHERE ITS DUE | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/28/09

This track(Poet Laureatte II)is a pure and perfect definition of lyricism.Poet Laureatte would get writers block tryin 2 compete with these words.In my opinion as an MC and a hip hop listner from RSA(Africa),this is all Can-I wanted 2 say all along ever since he came out and on behalf of every MC-reason why its my favorite track on my favorite album of all time! the reverse psychology on POET Laureatte infinity...M.O.FORCE

Better Late Then Never To Educate All Of You! | Reviewer: HIP HOP JUNKIE | 8/24/08

Alot of you sound like you dont know real hip hop. Yes I enjoy Canibus like some of you, but you all seem to comercial for me. You need to did deep into underground hip hop and you will find a true MCEE. For me to give examples would be foolish. Its people like most of you that ruin hip hop. So i will keep underground shit the way they like,on the underground. Canibus is cool I like the bars, but educate yourself, PLEASE

Naysayers are wrong | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/12/08

Canibus isn't like Nas at all. His diction actually has deeper meaning and 'bus says it right here in this song:

"Not just spittin a poem there's much more involved
there's much more pieces of the puzzle for you to solve"

One of the greatest never given the respect he deserves... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/13/08

I have been a fan since his Clue freestyle over the Brickhouse beat. I have Bought all of his albums (some twice and three times). He truly is the greatest in my eyes as a lyricist, maybe not an mc working the crowd. He no longer fits in to hip hop on a commercial level, but that is what makes him great. They need to teach a class on his lyrics in college. One thing you must say, he never sold out like Em did with some corny I'mn the real shady crap, he always brings it raw, always!

If you don't appreciate the master-bus, I thank you a thousand times over, because he wouldn't be the Canibus we all know and love and what hip-hop needs him to be, the dark savior. He helped me through many a hard time with his music and heart, just plain inspiring some of the verses he has laid out, just plain raw. " took an oath to rip everything I get on..."

The sickest lyricist of time

Dope. | Reviewer: Benji | 10/17/07

Some of the stuff he drops in this song is hollow rhetoric, and sure, a lot of the references are just showing off how well read 'Bus is, but don't we all do that? Whenever we say "Oh, I read this book by Derrida" or whatever, we are consciously or subconsciously hoping people heap accolades on us for being so worldly and informed.

I like this song, there are a few bits that suck and he should have just kept the intelligentsia approach and not mentioned luxury cars and so forth. The beats are fucking ridiculously good, but the samples at the start and end are unnecessary.

All in all, this song is well above your average hip-hop jam and a lot of the references will be straight over listeners' heads, but Canibus knows his shit.

David Hume is fresh.

dont be a HAAAATTTTEEEEEEERRRRRR | Reviewer: anony | 9/29/07

I cant uderstand how some of you can listen to this song and not hear genius in lyrics and rythym. Canibus is college educated and military trained. his intelligence and worldliness shouldnt even be questioned. And as far as him not being deep... he never claimed to be a philosopher. he is just what the song, poet laureate, claims...a poet. he never compared himself to david hume or thomas kinkade, he just set himself apart from every other rapper in the world and displayed his thirst for knowledge. and as far as him just being another 'cocky rapper': "maybe i am self-absorbed, but thats the effect, to find the cause you should ask my A&R." dont be a HAAAAATTTTEEEERRRRRRRR

lyrical content of PL 2 | Reviewer: Cure for the Cancer | 9/18/07

People on here comparing this lyrical masterpiece to Lil' Wayne are seriously confused. Yes, there is a lot of braggadoccio in this song, but come on people, that is Hip Hop...the song is not just him "rapping about how great he is"...but also talks about the hardships of trying to be an MC and how hard he worked, particularly once the beat switches he gets into a more reflective tone and then proceeds to chastise the current state of Hip Hop, a form of backpacking not braggadoccio. The title of the song implies that he is rapping about how great he is, but the song is just as much about reflecting on the lack of intellectualism in Hip Hop culture "No one gives a fuck anymore, no one goes to the bookstore" and a general call to elevate.