Even if it is less known today by hip-hop fans of the young generation, Canibus is one of those rappers who have rocked the millennium of the best lyrics. In a discussion with Bootleg Kev , the now ex-rapper explains why he decided to join the US military at the expense of music.
Canibus, a millennial lyricist
Canibus is a name that millennial hip-hop fans will likely recognize. While not as culturally relevant in recent years as he was at the turn of the millennium, the 47-year-old Jamaican-born, New York-raised rapper is still considered one of the greatest lyricists of his time . His musical career, however, was clouded by numerous dramas, including controversial feuds with artists like LL Cool J and Eminem . Thus, he will decide to make a difference by putting himself at the service of the American nation as a soldier .
Which explains the departure for the army
At the start of this year 2021, Canibus is still releasing music and has not really given up on its passion for rap. He did, however, take a break when he enlisted in the military after the release of 2000 BC (Before Can-I-Bus) . Speaking with Bootleg Kev about his departure from rap, Canibus explained his decision to enlist in the US military.
“It was just after September 11. This experience, at that time, I made a record, C! True Hollywood Stories , that was the album, ”Canibus remembers. “The album was satire, really. It was just to do kind of an allegory of an album that was… you know, to put yourself in the shoes of people who were like, “Yo man, I want the records to be hard! I want you to spit louder. The rhythms, the lyrics, I want more! And then I gave them less. Not true ? “If demand Canibus.
“… They took money to blackball me…”
Despite these efforts to satisfy his audience , the rapper says he was the victim of low blows. He explains: “By making a record like that… And the record was strictly something… It wasn’t serious, but it was something that was still acceptable. It was something tangible. You could have gone and got the cover, looked at it, opened the flyer [and said to yourself], ‘Who is this guy wearing that shirt? Why is he writing this? We paid 25 bands for The Source ad and The Source was afraid to run the ad because of relationships that could have been ruined, and they did it for the money. And then after that they turned around and blackballed meeven more. And they took money to blackball me. At that point I was like, ‘You know what, rap isn’t that, I’m still young enough to go out and make a difference. » He concluded.