20 of Canibus’ Most Memorable Verses

Rappers are hardly ever able to recapture their prime’s lyrical genius. Case in point: Canibus. In his heyday, the Queens MC buried many of his peers by filling his bars with complex rhyme schemes and vocabulary words like “syntactic” (no, you can’t get that from your local pharmacy). Though he’s been quiet in recent years, ‘Bus has a substantial catalog to his name. Fittingly, five days short of the 13-year anniversary (March 24) of “Second Round K.O.,” his venomous diss against LL Cool J, ‘Bus recently resurfaced with a DJ Premier diss, “Tell the Truth.” While there’s enough of the rapper’s tracks to fill up an entire iPod, XXLMag.com selects 20 standout verses (in no particular order). —Georgette Cline

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/fatir Fatir

    Wow, It`s really been a while since i heard from Cannibus. But no doubt i do remember him wrecking tracks with dope ass bars, I dont know about the DJ Premier though..

  • chem

    did you really forget poet laureate II?

  • http://www.twitter.com/Pierzy Pierzy

    “Fantastic 4″ and “Beasts From The East” are probably my favorite Canibus verses.

  • http://www.killamanhojoe.com killamanhojoe

    this is that nicca if he got with the right production I don’t think all round nobody can fuck with him. He is a legend JahLOve mi bredron!

  • Blaq Gavin

    I really hope that Bis and Preeme settle whatever differences they have…….. I believe that together they could be the most unstoppable force hip hop has ever seen…….

  • beerat

    Royce gonna body this nigga.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/CanibusDaG0at CanibusDaGoat

      Fuck Moist Da 5’9!……Bis4Life

  • vencire

    Canibus is a lyrical demon xxlmag didn’t get all of them as usual but the majority are indeed correct
    @beefat
    It would be close but Canibus has the edge over Royce
    @Pierzy
    Fantatsic 4 was FUCKIN EPIC!

  • matty21

    hollyyy shitt! it’s been 13 years? wow

  • william

    can i bitch dont want no beef with slim nooo

    • Noc

      What does Eminem have to do with anything? You little 14 year old groupie fucks always have to bring in irrelevant shit to try to start beefs. I like both Eminem AND Canibus, as they’re both SICK. Now just because they’ve had disagreements doesn’t mean you have to spam all of Canibus’ shit with irrelevant groupie-minded horseshit. Grow up. Realize that there are more rappers than just your favorite one, and that it’s possible to have differences between said artists.

      • Don mcCaine

        co-sign all of this sh^t right here

        this is that bullsh^t that’s f***ing the game up, cats who don’t know sh^t about rap talking ALOTTA sh^t and don’t buy nann a CD. Most of them ONLY know Canibus from that beef and ain’t NEVER heard his music. And I like BOTH ‘Bis & Em.

        Pierzy whaddup fam?

  • realhiphop

    wtf no poet laureate 2, cingularity point, master thesis etc

    • 809

      Exactly, 20 Verses? Please BIS has hundreds up on hundreds. The issue is that he don’t dick ride the industry thats why he is not #1 on everybody list. He has more songs that this little write forgot about. and why people always bring back the OLD shit “LL Diss” who cares about that anymore. Talk about his new work CoT or MM or whats coming. Peace.

    • yep

      X2 on master thesis! sick sick song
      “I read 1/4 of the library of Alexadria before it was burned to the floor”

  • mastakilla31

    where the fuck is Poet Laureate II???????

  • Moneychamp

    I’ve always loved Buckingham Palace! So underrated

  • http://www.pottstreet.com Gusto

    I still got that first album but I aint bump it in a while and checkin’ these youtubes really reminded me how wack some of those beats were, but damn Bis still ripped em’. You could never deny dude can straight spit. G

  • 809

    No body can come up with RHYMES like Bis. He is on his own level and nobody can climb up there.

  • http://www.myspace.com/slotchmusic ms_spittuh

    The track with keith murray and cannibus was one of my favorites as a young girl! :D

  • sway-z

    “walk across the sun barefoot looking for shade!” Lol, nobody could tell me shit after I heard that

  • realism

    lol @ completely ignoring everything Canibus put out after 2000 BC…yall are missing out

    his beats are much better now and his lyrics are more poetic

  • king of kingz 23

    poet laurette 1 and 2 if you missed them you aint listened to poet laurette infinity.

    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

    Curriculum 101? Master Thesis?

    Bis vs Rip?????

  • xxl are wastemen

    33`3 s

    if jigga can do 22`2s then as an mc I can do 33`3s LOL

    whoever did this list aint got a clue about his verses

    nothing from rip the jacker album or mic club?

  • TheGhostOfHipHopsPast

    canibus been dropping albums on the regular for 15 years.. at least you could do come research before you write about someone.
    he is actually about to release a new album in about a week called ‘Lyrical Law’ you can order it here….

    canibuscatalogue.com