Canibus
Can-I-Bus


2.0
poor

Review

by Maximilian Harkness USER (65 Reviews)
October 18th, 2008 | 27 replies | 13,558 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Can-I-Bus stinks.

5 of 6 thought this review was well written

Canibus has been and still is a mystery in hip hop. At one time, he was perceived as one of the most lyrically lethal rappers in the hip hop scene and because of this gained an enormous amount of hype. While he was being hyped, Canibus got a big feature on a song with LL Cool J, Method Man, Redman, DMX, and Master P. During the recording of the song, Canibus apparently made a line that LL Cool J took offense to, and Canibus was order to change his line or else he was off the song. He complied, but then LL wrote a comeback line to Canibus', and despite Canibus’ commands, he did not remove it from the song. This started a beef between the two rappers and, ultimately, the final straw before Canibus released his debut album Can-I-Bus. This was, sadly enough, a horrible mistake.

Can-I-Bus is where Canibus seemingly lost his star status and rather quickly faded away from the public eye. The first major problem with the album is its lack of accessibility, which is mostly due to the lack of decent production. The production reeks of old and stale technique, the album is produced like an old rock record. It’s muddy, it’s weak, and it’s plain embarrassing for any modern hip hop producer. This leads me to another problem with the album in the accessibility department; the beats. For hip hop albums, the beats on the album are the main musical element of the work, and if they’re bad, well, you’ve got a bad musical backing. The beats on Can-I-Bus seem to lack any sort of memorable tune or groove, and they sort of just plod themselves along just to make it to end of the songs. Songs like “Get Retarded” use musically diluted sample after musically diluted sample. The diss single “Second Round K.O.” is the major exception. “Second Round K.O.” uses a opera sample, and sort of mutes it in a way to make it sound ghostly. The ghostly voices in the background aren’t really scary so to speak, but they do provide an excellently haunting atmosphere to the song.

The biggest positive about Can-I-Bus is Canibus’ renowned lyrical ability. His wordplay is, for the most part, very clever and witty. He experiments with words and tries to make similes or metaphors of them, and for the most part they work. However, the major problem with his lyricism is that he mostly battle raps this way on the record, and while it is enjoyable for maybe the first few moments, it can easily start to bore the listener. In his later career, Canibus would try to revert his ways a little and become a bit more of a true lyricist and story teller; he would never leave behind his battle rapping days. Ironically enough, the best track on the album is the diss track “Second Round K.O.”, as it shows his true strengths and applies them to actually dissing, in this case, of LL Cool J. Throughout the song he rips and tears at LL’s career with references of Mr. Cool’s life and with Canibus’ art of similes. It is truly a song to remember.

” I’ll let you kick a verse, *** it, I’ll let you kick em all
Ill even wait for the studio audience to applaud [cheers]
Now watch me rip the tat from your arm
Kick you in the groin, stick you for your vanguard award
In front of your mom your 1st, 2nd and 3rd born
Make your wife get on the horn call minister Farrakhan”

And this is where the fame went down the toilet. Fans didn’t like the album for many of the reasons that this review has stated and possibly more, and had given up on their hero Canibus. Canibus would later rightfully blame his producer Wyclef Jean and would officially break ties with him. Canibus would take a break for two whole years before coming up with a whole new record that would fail commercially, but would gain some critical acclaim. Can-I-Bus is a failure in every sense of the worse, and should be avoided unless you are truly a Canibus fanboy and, in that case, dig in.

Recommended Tracks:
“Second Round K.O.”
“Patriots”
“I Honor U”



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Comments:Add a Comment 
bastard
October 18th 2008



3435 Comments


Wrote this a few days ago, and proofread it today, so meh.

rasputin
October 18th 2008



14520 Comments


Way to have an unoriginal name.

bastard
October 18th 2008



3435 Comments


I know right.

changed it 4 u rasp.This Message Edited On 10.18.08

rasputin
October 18th 2008



14520 Comments


Change it to Leonid Brezhnev.

bastard
October 18th 2008



3435 Comments


Did you neg me rasp?

I might change it just for u. bcuz i luv u.

rasputin
October 18th 2008



14520 Comments


No I didn't neg, but I'm a bit bored so I'll go over your review in detail. Let me read it first.

bastard
October 18th 2008



3435 Comments


meh I tried to proof read this time like everyone said I should.

rasputin
October 18th 2008



14520 Comments


Missing word in third sentence of first para.

During the recording of the song, Canibus apparently made a line that LL Cool J took offense to, and Canibus was order to change his line or else he was off the song.

Fix ordered, and the sentence reads a bit awkwardly, maybe use this instead:
'During the recording of the song, Canibus apparently made a line that LL Cool J found offensive; Canibus was ordered to change his line or would be dropped from the song.
He complied and did that

redundant
He complied and did that, but at that LL wrote a comeback line to that, and despite Canibus’ commands, he did not remove it

very awkwardly worded
This leads me to another problem with the album in the accessibility department of the album

Can-I-Bus is a failure in the eyes of everybody,

I'd avoid such statements

There were a few others, but my eyes are losing focus from lack of sleep so I'm not going to try and find them. You really should get someone else to have a read and give you feedback, before you post.

bastard
October 18th 2008



3435 Comments


All right...

username345
October 18th 2008



594 Comments


Yeah, a few mistakes like that, but it's not enough for a neg I don't think so have a pos to make up for it.This Message Edited On 10.18.08

bastard
October 18th 2008



3435 Comments


Yeah I got it almost immediately after I posted this review, so it's probably just a troll.

thanks anyway man, I appreciate it.This Message Edited On 10.18.08

joshuatree
Emeritus
October 18th 2008



3743 Comments


bastard your writing makes me lol a lot

charlesfishtitz
October 18th 2008



784 Comments


goddamn trolls

bastard
October 18th 2008



3435 Comments



bastard your writing makes me lol a lot


I know

meh, at least I tried what you said. I was happy with this review.

joshuatree
Emeritus
October 18th 2008



3743 Comments


i mean review isnt bad at all


just lolThis Message Edited On 10.18.08

bastard
October 18th 2008



3435 Comments


oh...

Yeah some of the mistakes I make at times are pretty funny.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2008



20855 Comments


So let me get this straight; This guy gets into a dissing war with LL Cool J & blames Wyclef Jean for his bad album. Who's next on the hitlist to keep his name in lights; 2Pac & Biggie?

badtaste
October 19th 2008



824 Comments


Solid review bastard. That album cover is lulzy poor.

Willie
Moderator
October 19th 2008



15893 Comments


Hip-hop bores the shit out of me with very few exceptions. The review was one of your better ones though. I think a few of the users here have an "anti-fan" ;)

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

bastard
October 19th 2008



3435 Comments


Canibus is pretty good when he gets the right producer/group of producers. This means his album range from good (Rip The Jacker), bad (Can-I-Bus), and ugly (C True Hollywood Stories).This Message Edited On 10.19.08



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