Boxer's Stance: RZA


Feud with LL Cool J

LL Cool J

Believe it or not, they hype surrounding Canibus back in ’97 was tremendous. After his scene-stealing verses with The Lost Boyz, Common, Nas, AZ, and Foxy Brown—fueled by his DJ Clue-assisted freestyles—there was an actual bidding war between labels trying to get a piece of him. So it was no surprise to see LL Cool J inviting Bis for the posse cut “4, 3, 2, 1.”

Though it’s disputed, Canibus’ line “L, is that a mic on your arm? Let me borrow that” doesn’t come off as disrespectful…at all. So L’s partially at fault for overreacting with jabs against the young up-and-comer. Even though Canibus claims that LL Cool J promised to change his lines if he rewrote the verse, it’s LL’s album in the end of the day. What’s Canibus going to do, but wrongfully get punk'd? This on-going bout with LL Cool J unfortunately molded Canibus’ mainstream career. While it could’ve been a great marketing ploy, the Cool J diss/first single by Canibus, “2nd Round K.O.,” was a weak commercial record. It remains, however, as a sensationalized battle tape that’s still regarded as the biggest highlight of Canibus’ career.


Pharoahe Monch Born 10/31/1967


Boxer's Stance: Dizzee Rascal



Thrash talking in hip-hop isn't anything new. It's been going on since the inception of rap. But there are those rappers that talk thrash and then there are those MCs that have elevated simple shit talking into an art form. Cash Money co-CEO Baby even got placement on Tyga’s newly-released Careless World: Rise of the Last King album, for a thrash-talking track fittingly titled, “Birdman Interlude.” That being said, decided to compile this list of Hip-Hop's Top Five Thrash Talkers. The list begins with Game. Ranging from 50 Cent and G-Unit to Jay-Z and Suge Knight, many have felt the brunt of Game's thrash talking. It's almost like a sport to Chuck Taylor. A track like his infamous, "300 Bars & Runnin'" is proof.


Throughout hip-hop history, there has been a lot of trends and fads—the Shiny suit, “Molly” rap—mostly occupying a period where these are the things you must do to be deemed "cool." The one thing that has stood the test of time is rappers’ ability to strike awkward poses on camera. Sometimes people just don't know what to do in front of the camera at photo shoots, on music video, and album cover. So they master the five fine arts of poses that every rhyme slinger must know.

Now, XXL decided to highlight a day for each of the five most signature poses in hip-hop artists doing. Today we highlight The Boxer.