2000BC (Before Can-I-Bus)

2000BC (Before Can-I-Bus)

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...he's still to find the right production team to match his vocabulary.

After making his name by dissing [a]LL Cool J[/a] on his stunning first single ‘Second Round KO’, [a]Canibus[/a]’ fortunes have dipped somewhat. Lauded as one of rap’s finest young talents, his much-hyped first album ‘Canibus’ fell short of everybody’s expectations due to its lacklustre beats, provided by his then mentor Wyclef Jean.

. Wonder who’s going to take the rap for this one then?

Although clearly [a]Canibus[/a] is undoubtedly one of the best freestyling lyricists of his generation, he’s still to find the right production team to match his vocabulary. Though the two fantastic opening tracks, ‘The C-Quel’ and ‘2000BC (Before Can-I-Bus)’, have enough hooks and beats to match his quickfire delivery, the rest of the album descends into monotony. There’s just not enough concepts or ideas on show – every song is a fist-fight to the death.

The duet with Rakim, ‘I’ll Buss ‘Em U Punish ‘Em’, only highlights how far away [a]Canibus[/a] is from being one of the all-time greats. While the young MC growls away with his 100-words-per-second delivery, Rakim keeps it cool and tells it with true hip-hop panache. Sometimes less is more.