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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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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
“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)
“Lyrics unravel, faster than bullets travel through barrels/Niggaz be diggin my styles like fossils and pterodactyls/Who wanna battle?/I'm bad to the bone marrow/The Earth got one sun but I walk with three shadows"” — “Making A Name For Ourselves,” Common featuring Canibus, One Day It’ll All Make Sense (1997)
“I bury MCs with rosary beads/a picture of they wife and they seed and a picture of me/I’m as graceful as the left hand of Rembrandt/Put some instrumentals on and ask my pen to dance” —“Oh No Freestyle,” featuring Pakman, Tim Westwood BBC Radio Show
“At a thousand degree Celsius I make MC's melt/Fuck my record label I appear courtesy of myself/Let me explain how I maintain thresholds to pain/I walk across the Sun barefoot lookin for shade/I rearrange your rib cage like a twelve gauge at close range/and change the position of your brain"” —“Desperados,” The Firm featuring Canibus, The Firm: The Album(1997)
Best songs: Poet Laureate Infinity v003, Liquid Wordz, Magnum Innominandum, Layered Prayers, Poet Laureate Infinity v004
Best songs: Genabis, Levitibus, M-Sea-Cresy, Spartibus, Indibidible, Poet Laureate II
Best songs: The Kings Sent for Me, Battle Buddies 4 Life, Igloo Music, Seismoluminesence
Best songs: Patriots, Second Round K.O., How We Roll
Best songs: Poet Laureate, Master Thesis, Behind Enemy Rhymes, Allied Meta-Forces, Cenoir Studies '02, Dr. C PhD, Bis vs. Rip, Liberal Arts, Curriculum 101