Back in 99′ (or 2000) I had the privilage of interviewing Canibus for a radio show called Strictly Hip-Hop. If there was one thing I got out of it, this dude is beyond passionate. He is a serious hip-hop fan in general. He knows what his music should be. He knows what hip-hop should represent…and he damn near hates anyone who doesn’t represent that in his eyes.
Now, of course I can’t speak for the dude. I can only give my observation at the time. There was a point in that interview where I felt he should STFU (Shut the F*ck Up…Please), but his passion needed to be expressed. I always felt as a host and a producer that I could get the most out an interview by allowing the artist to express themselves (time permitting). Needless to say, by the end of the interview I was somewhat impressed enough to buy his sophomore release.
There was one thing that stood out in that interview though, this dude is MAD. Some of that anger was justified back then. His debut album basically flopped (he blamed Wyclef), and he was still angry with L.L. Cool J. I understood all of that. It was his time to get a fresh start with this 2nd album. He was energized and felt like “ME AGAINST THE WORLD”.
This is old news though; so is his beef with Eminem, and Dj Premiere, and everybody else. He now has a beef with J. Cole?! Is his reason valid? I’ll let Canibus tell you :
“Currently, new artists such as J Cole have continuously mentioned me as their favorite artist, shouted me out in articles, magazine/online interviews, and even gone as far as starting off show sets by playing some of my earlier material to warm up the audience and give off the impression that he is real hip hop and loves real lyricism. Cole might say he does this to pay homage, but in reality, by him playing my older material owned by my former label dating back to 1998, subsequently overlooking my current works and contributions which directly benefit me now, he is treating me less like an artist that has, and continues to contribute, influence, and inspire an even younger generation of MC’s coming up, and more like an artist that has physically passed on already(i.e. Tupac, B.I.G., Big L, Heavy D, Eyeda): you get the point I’m trying to make. I can’t help but to think that he is not nearly as sincere or genuine as he would like real hip hop heads to think he is because he speaks about me like I am dead. What he is doing is underhanded and disingenuous and whether it is his idea or not, I don’t agree with his tactic and I have something to say about it.
Was I so ahead of my time back in 1996 that people are currently unable to comprehend the jewels I continue to offer hip-hop NOW in 2012?”- Facebook/CanibusMusic
I completely understand where Canibus is coming from. Drake did something similar with Phonte. The difference with that situation is the fact that, they said what they had to say and it wasn’t a big deal. No. Canibus has to enforce his comments with a DISS TRACK titled “J. Clone”.
What’s this dudes problem? Really. It’s the nature of the beast. When J. Cole mentions you as an inspiration, won’t that send some of his fans in your direction? Maybe J. Cole feels like most of us. YOU ARE DEAD (Hip-Hop wise). These are the only times I remember that dude still makes music. His music has its audience, but I doubt it includes the fans of those 1st two albums.
I’ve tried to listen to a new Canibus album. I find myself searching for that dude from the late 90s. All that is left of his passion is anger towards everything. On one hand the social commentary and distaste for politics (in general) is welcomed, on the other hand the messengers anger sounds rooted in personal turmoil.
It’s really kind of sad. I guess his rants spark interest in his music (I can’t front, I’ll poke my head in and see what he has to offer). Why does it have to be this way though? Here is an excerpt form the diss track:
“If it ain’t a threat, then it must be a promise / You said my name so much they think you’re being honest / It’s more than that, we could’ve recorded the track / You could give me a stack for a verse just like that,” -Canibus “J. Clone“
Well, this is HIP-HOP. J. Cole for better or worst, end this.
Here is the audio for the diss tracks:
Well, look what happened. He’s already apologizing: