Hop Hop Fans: Remember This Guy?

I’ve been listening to The Lost Boyz “Beast From The East” track from 1997 all morning long, because I forgot just how nice Canibus’ verse was at the end! I’ve always been a Redman enthusiast, and his verse is good on here, but Canibus took it to the NEXT level once he got going…


It’s been over 10 years, and you’d still be hard-pressed to find much of anything that apporaches the level of lyricism reached in this one verse. Too bad Canibus never lived up to his potential. I guess he should have left L.L. Cool J. alone or something…Just about everyone who ever beefed with L.L. had their career go extinct soon afterwards. L.L. has always been  on that Randy Orton, “Legend Killer” sh*t when it comes to taking down his rivals.

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4 Responses to “Hop Hop Fans: Remember This Guy?”

  1. Jabari Talib 28. Feb, 2008 at 10:59 pm #

    Canibus has always been one of the best lyricists in the game. This verse was fire and he actually has some that are a lot better. The only problem is that he sometimes gets too complex with his bars. The average hip hop fan is not going to understand metaphors about WWII and spaceships. Canibus raps about that kind of stuff at times and that is where he loses people. Despite it all, he has talent.

  2. J-Biggs 03. Mar, 2008 at 11:44 am #

    See that’s the thing about great lyricists, they shouldn’t have to dumb it down for common folk to get it. We, as listeners are responsible for educating ourselves when we are introduced to concepts or unfamiliar information. At least in my opinion anyway. This is the EXACT reason I have always loved Canibus, Pharoahe Monch, (pre G-Unit) Eminem, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco, Big L, and Black Thought. That list is a lyrical DREAM TEAM!!!

  3. logic marsalis 03. Mar, 2008 at 11:59 am #

    Canibus could have lasted in the game if he had good production.

  4. vince78 03. Mar, 2008 at 3:34 pm #

    Poet Laureate II by Canibus

    Nunca by Chino XL

    Halos feat. Crooked I

    Camp Cupcake by Donwill

    Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead by Playalitical

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