Rip the Jacker (2003) Like 50 Cent, Canibus won fame for dazzling freestyles and meticulous attack rhymes, dismantling opponents piecemeal. Unlike 50, his 1998 debut tanked: Biteless beats, puzzling… 2003-07-22 Canibus
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Rip the Jacker (2003)

Details Release Date: Jul 22, 2003; Lead Performance: Canibus

Like 50 Cent, Canibus won fame for dazzling freestyles and meticulous attack rhymes, dismantling opponents piecemeal. Unlike 50, his 1998 debut tanked: Biteless beats, puzzling mysticism, and masturbatory wordplay made him an indignant never-was. His rhymes are still high-flown and delivered with gruff scorn -- but inane (''You are merely a descendant of the immodified''). As a below-the-belt battler, he had teeth. Here, he fashions himself a would-be scholar and just blows hot air.

Originally posted Aug 08, 2003 Published in issue #722 Aug 08, 2003 Order article reprints