I don’t how many of us listened to underground hits when Dre, Biggie, Snoop, Nas, Pac and the Ice-cubes of this world were banging with the instrumentals on the mainstream. At the same time great artist like immortal technique, Last Emperor, Mos Def, Keith Murray, KRS-1, Masta ace were entertaining us with true Hip Hop in the underground. It was hard to come across their albums and if you met a guy with their music you would be great friends immediately mnatembeleana tu ku-sample music na kuulizana ka “usha wahi feel huyu artist? ni mnoma” hehe. Leo as part of TBT I wanna talk about an artist I adored “canibus”…never went mainstream but Eminem mentioned him in his songs coz they had a beef e.g that song “what you say” by Dre and Eminem… Dre says “Feck Germain…whatever his name is” Canibus real name is Germain someone.
Anyway underground artist had very deep lyrics that would require you to study and read just to understand a single rhyme (at least nowadays you can google) :). So I used to discover something new in a song or understand a rhyme in a song six months or even years after lol!
So here are some of the songs by canibus
- PATRIOTS Canibus was a US marine so here is one of the songs that was closest to his previous career.
Best rhyme on this song for me comes from the lady on the second verse, stage name “Free” used to be a presenter on 106 and park.
“While you choke and suffocatin off your own testosterone
I’m known for breakin levels down to the values unknown
A specimen with extraterrestrial estrogen
Kick your intestines in, sell your testicles to Mexicans”
- RIP OFF
Look at yourself, why you even listen to me?
Listen to yourself, your constantly dissin me
Grippin mics like Heinekens, who want me to rhyme again?
You could never expire the fire within
Killin me with a gun is easy, try a pen
For the use it was intended
- I’LL BUSS EM YOU PUNISH EM (ft rakim)
My brain cavity is enormous
My left hemisphere alone harnesses all of the 7 sharveous
While the right one harnesses darkness
The type of dark that makes a house haunted
The type of dark that people get lost in
The type of dark you fear when you’re dead in your coffin
I hear you talkin’ but I ignore it
Cause you garbage and your rhymes borin’
So keep standin’ on the corner,
the thrash-man will collect you in the mornin’
- many more if you wanna listen to his albums there several on you tube