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Born Germaine Williams in 1974 in Jamaica, Canibus moved to the United States with his mother at a young age. Because his mother’s career required constant relocation, the family moved frequently and the soon-to-be rapper found solace within himself. His rhetorical abilities blossomed later, once hip-hop became the guiding force in his life. He began rhyming and in the mid-’90s joined a group called T.H.E.M. (The Heralds of Extreme Metaphors.)

This group consisted also of his partner Webb. Following a fallout with his partner, Canibus pursued a solo career and began infiltrating the mix-tape circuit. By 1997, he had approached the brink of the major-label rap game, guesting regularly on high-profile releases: He contributed to “Uni-4-orm,” an inclusion on the Rhyme & Reason soundtrack also featuring Heltah Skeltah and Rass Kass; “Love, Peace & Nappiness,” an inclusion on the Lost Boyz’s Love, Peace & Nappiness also featuring Redman and A+; “Making a Name for Ourselves,” an inclusion on Common’s One Day It’ll All Make Sense; the non-album remix of Wyclef Jean’s “Gone Till November.”

And most famously, “4, 3, 2, 1,” an inclusion on LL Cool J’s Phenomenon also featuring Redman, DMX, and Method Man.

Of the several guest appearances, “4, 3, 2, 1” certainly meant the most, as it brought together many of New York’s preeminent hardcore rappers and thus ushered Canibus into that same elite class. At the same time, however, Canibus lashed out shortly afterward with the Mike Tyson-featuring “Second Round K.


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  • BloodOnLeaves

    MCees are different, they are not rappers, they do not need instrumentals to make music.

    24 Jul 12:44pm Reply
  • BloodOnLeaves

    New album is gold.

    24 Jul 12:42pm Reply
  • SirLozo

    At first, I liked the new album, but after listening to it a couple times...nevermind. :( it's a cool album but not even close to Rip the Jacker, For Whom the Beat Tolls, or even Melatonin Magik. its definitely better than Fait Accompli tho

    22 Jul 12:58pm Reply
  • Dreznik

    drive by muzik

    17 May 12:01am Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    2000 B.C. is no classic but it's one of his better albums.

    26 Mar 12:40pm Reply
  • iZZidane

    v true.

    23 Feb 9:48pm Reply
  • 0a170

    i don't care about his recent mishaps, 2000 b.c., mic club, and rip the jacker are fucking classics.

    19 Feb 7:23am Reply
  • SirLozo

    I honestly only could listen to "Fait Accompli" once before never listening to it again. And the new HRSMN album was wack. he definitely fell off

    10 Feb 5:13am Reply
  • iZZidane

    v Dizaster was the clear winner. Bis had a few good lines but he was too reliant on his old materials and gay jokes, he recycled a lot while Diz consistently hit him with straight facts, Diz' punchlines hit harder and earned more reaction from the crowd.

    6 Feb 6:45pm Reply
  • SirLozo

    and i know we would all love to see a canibus vs eminem freestyle battle but it probably wont happen. at least i would, and if you watch bis' battle with dizaster, i dont think dizaster was the landslide winner but canibus pretty much forfeited right before pulling out the rhyme book which is what hurt him. also they were battling acapella which was weird to me

    15 Jan 4:44am Reply
  • SirLozo

    I think Canibus is one of the greatest lyricists to grab the mic, but the dude is eccentric to say the least. rip the jacker is his best album especially because of the production from Stoupe. All of his other work never compares but For Whom the Beat Tolls and Melatonin Magik are still memorable to me.

    15 Jan 3:39am Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    Yes of course, the producers are always to blame when Canibus falls flat on his face... I wonder who selects them.

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • iZZidane

    Eminem won.

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
  • BloodOnLeaves

    New album is a bomb, looks like they produced him something good after 14 average-beats albums

    30 Jun 2014 Reply
  • BloodOnLeaves

    lmao you em stanleys are just parrots. [2]

    25 Jun 2014 Reply
  • illmatic96


    9 Jun 2014 Reply
  • 0a170

    v lmao you em stanleys are just parrots.

    2 Jun 2014 Reply
  • alefspfc


    21 May 2014 Reply
  • BloodOnLeaves

    Horrible album covers, amazing music

    7 May 2014 Reply
  • piccochimusic

    [New single] Canibus- Pay Me In Gold (prod JP Beats)

    2 May 2014 Reply
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