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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 9 December 1974
Birth NameGermaine Williams
Nicknames Bis
Rip The Jacker
Bus
Can-I-Bus
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Germaine Williams a.k.a. Canibus (aka Can-I-Bus) was born in 1974 in Jamaica to Basil and Elaine Williams. Growing up, Canibus found interest in beat boxing and break dancing. After his parents divorced, Canibus and his mother immigrated to the U.S. before his teen years and moved around frequently due to his mother's work.

Before he was eighteen he had lived in Brooklyn, Washington D.C., Miami, England (where his mother was originally from), Atlanta, Georgia, and eventually New Jersey. Though Canibus dabbled with several jobs and interests, his main pursuit in life was rapping. During his days as a kid in the Bronx, Bis (another alias) evolved through various elements of Hip Hop and eventually began making his mark in the New York City rap scene. Canibus' biggest claim to fame arose when LL Cool J invited him to do a guest spot on LL's new single "3, 2, 1". During the recording session Canibus began admiring a tattoo of a microphone on LL's arm. He asked if Mr. Smith would mind if he got a mike tatted on his arm. LL joked about it, saying that Canibus should only get a mike tattoo if he truly felt he was worthy. When Canibus stepped into the booth to record his verse for the song he included a few lines before he began to rap, shouting out each of the other artists in the song; when he reach LL he shouted out, "LL, is that a mike on your arm? Let me borrow that!" LL took that as a diss although Canibus insisted that the line was meant as a compliment, LL went in the booth and recorded an entire verse directed at Canibus without actually naming him. Canibus has stated that LL asked him to remove the line about the microphone and Canibus did so, believing LL would remove the attack on Canibus but LL did not do that. Eventually the original version of the song, with Canibus' line about the microphone, leaked and so it was revealed that Canibus was the one LL was attacking in his verse. Canibus became convinced he had to respond as a matter of self-respect. He attacked back with a song called "Second Round Knockout". With a little help from Mike Tyson (who laid spoken background vocals to hype up the song) the song was released and was met with great praise and fanfare. This ignited a Hip Hop feud involving Canibus, LL Cool J, Wyclef, and various other individuals who wanted in on the action. Though Canibus' first hit was accepted, the overall lyrical war between LL Cool J and Canibus was won by the veteran LL. Canibus focused on recording his first album, 1998's "Can-I-Bus," which was met with very poor reviews.

While underground Hip Hop fans embraced Canibus' albums the mainstream entertainment world did not. Still, Canibus was credited with being one of the best lyrical freestyle rappers and had few equals in that area of rapping. In fact many rap magazines said the only rapper that could compete with Canibus in a freestyle battle was Eminem. Before Eminem made it big, he was a fan of Canibus, but after a false rumor caused Canibus to accuse Eminem of writing one of LL's diss tracks against him, the two exchanged low-key swipes at each other. Canibus dissed Eminem outright on his 2001 underground album "C True Hollywood Stories," which included songs featuring Stan, the obsessed-fan character created by Eminem in 2000. Eminem responded on his 2002 album "The Eminem Show," warning Canibus not to start a beef with him. Although the rappers went on to diss each other again, the feud died down without incident.

Canibus enlisted in the Army in 2002 and served in Iraq. His most critically acclaimed album, 2003's "Rip the Jacker," was released from prerecorded material. After his discharge in 2004, he went on to record many more albums, and has amassed a considerable cult following. His most recent album, "Time Flys, Life Dies, Phoenix Rise" was released in 2015.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Rod Reece

Trade Mark (1)

Known for his lyrical prowess and his raspy voice

Trivia (6)

Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Had a long feud and intense exchange of battle raps with LL Cool J in the late 90's which helped to raise expectations for his debut album.
Had a standing feud with rapper Eminem and further battle raps were exchanged between the two.
Released album with side group 'The Four Horsemen'. [2003]
Just released the new album Hip Hop 4 sale. [December 2005]
Enlisted in the US Army. [April 2004]

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