Canibus Interview with AllHipHop (3 parts)

Canibus Returns: Talks Tech, LL Cool J, New Music, Jay-Z, Battle Rap, DMX, Mistakes MF DOOM and MORE

PART 1: Canibus Returns: Talks Tech, LL Cool J, New Music, Jay-Z, Battle Rap, DMX, MF DOOM And More! – YouTube

The lyricist, born Germaine Williams, is not only one of the nicest rappers ever, but he’s also one of the most enigmatic artists of all time. Controversy has also followed the rapper through the years since he was a brash upstart from the incessantly ill, criminally underrated, and impactful class of 1998. Now, in 2021, Canibus continues his musical journey with “Kaiju.” In Japanese pop culture, the kaiju were the monsters that reigned in fantasy. Think Godzilla or The Shogun Warriors of old. Canibus says these monsters are Hip-Hop.

PART 1: Canibus Returns: Talks Tech, LL Cool J, New Music, Jay-Z, Battle Rap, DMX, MF DOOM And More! – YouTube

In this exclusive interview, Canibus delves deep and brings everybody up to speed. He addresses the never-ending LL Cool J issue, asking why people continue to fuel division. On the other side, he examines the shout-out he received from his hero-turned rival as he was inducted into the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame. On Kaiju, Canibus examines a wide range of subject matter from mysterious meetings with Jay-Z and Lyor Cohen (“I talked to Jay Z, I met with Lyor…I pretty much did it all” from “The Long Road”) to how Santa Claus dies this year. The album is complex and deep, like the author. Kaiju also features numerous guests, most notably DMX and MF Doom. Canibus is the star of the opus, which is a testimony to his enduring spirit and talent.

But…for how long?Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur talks to Canibus – in brutal honesty – about his peaks as well as his valleys in this one-of-a-kind conversation. Should you make it to the end, Creekmur rejects ‘Bis’s attempt to apologize to his fans. This is a must-see interview with a pair of Hip-Hop heads that have a decades-long respect and admiration for each other.

PART 1: Canibus Returns: Talks Tech, LL Cool J, New Music, Jay-Z, Battle Rap, DMX, MF DOOM And More! – YouTube

Few have endured what Canibus has endured, but when he says in the next life, his biggest hit never happens, you get an idea of the toll it may be taking on him. “Second Round K.O.” is a classic song in which a younger version of himself would take on a titan in LL Cool J. Regardless of who won the battle, LL Cool J maintained his start and Canibus assumed a position as an underground fixture. Canibus helped define LL’s career. And for that, Cool J shouted his former adversary as he was inducted into the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame this year. Canibus also discusses a meeting with another hall of famer in Jay-Z in this exclusive interview with Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur. But, moreover, as in part 1 of this conversation, it is apparent that ‘Bis is disenchanted with the state of Hip-Hop, but why? He talks about the puppet masters as well as the people, both of which play a part in the direction the culture has taken.

The last part of our interview series with Canibus was a revealing, somber reminder of how rigorous the rap industry can be. Not only that, but it is also a massive “monster” that still manages to have “puppet masters,” according to the Jamacian-born rhyme master. His views on rap fans are so pointed that he confesses to getting stage fright from their “thoughts” as materialized in social media comments sections. He even suggests that their efforts are to get him to “eat the gun” – suicide. “They hate my face…they hate my beats,” he says in jest, excluding his ardent, loyal following. For these reasons and others, he considers Hip-Hop is in the midst of a spiritual war. “Rap music: either of the people are cursed or the music is cursed,” he says. He discusses matter-of-factly why there is nothing he MUST do in Hip-Hop these days as well as why he is just an observer in the culture at this point. However, the conversation with Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur does not end on a negative note. Check out this interview with one of the best to ever do it: Canibus.

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