“Behold, I crush a piece of coal and create a diamond on the microphone/ I'm sicker than those who've Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome” —“97 Mentality Freestyle,” DJ Clue (1997)
“I go to Mount Rushmore with high-powered lasers/ Replace all four of them faces with four facelifts/ One at a time ‘til they all look like mine”— “Enemy of the State” featuring Big Pun & Tragedy Khadafi
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
"Rhymin with me on a record? You might as well have died/And went to hell instead of heaven cause my rhyme weapon/Is like a medieval torture method — your four limbs/tied to four horses all pulling in different directions" —"Patriots," Can-I-Bus (1998)
“The shit that I quote float with the buoyancy of a boat/ With the potency of a scorpion sting to the throat”—“Hell,” Pharoahe Monch featuring Canibus, Internal Affairs (1999)
Rating: 9/10 (Amazing)
Rating: 10/10 (MASTERPIECE)
Rating: 9/10 (Amazing)
Best songs: Kriminal Kindness, Dead by Design, Only Slaves D.R.E.A.M.
Best songs: The C-Quel, 2000 B.C. (Before Can-I-Bus), Watch Who U Beef Wit', Mic-Nificent, Doomsday News, Lost @ "C", Phuk U, Horsementality, 100 Bars
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List of the best Canibus songs, ranked by fans like you. This list includes every Canibus single, but true fans know there are other great songs to vote on besides the radio hits. Music videos and audio videos are included next to each song name, so if you haven’t heard it you can listen to it right here on this page. Is one of your favorite Canibus songs missing from this poll? Add it to the list so it has a chance to rise to the top.
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