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Overview (4)

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

Mini Bio (1)

Germaine Williams a.k.a. Canibus (Can I bust!) was born in 1974 in Jamaica to Basil and Elaine Williams. Growing up Canibus didn't found interest in beatboxing and breakdancing. Canibus was moved to the U.S. before his teen years and moved between the Bronx to Washington D.C. constantly.

Before he was eighteen he was moved between Miami, England (where his mother was originally from), Atlanta, 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 alas) had evolved through various elements of Hip Hop. But Canibus' biggest claim to fame was when LL Cool J invited Canibus to appear on his 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 mic tatted on his arm. LL joked about it, saying that Canibus should only get a mic 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 mic on your arm? Let me borrow that!" To this day LL took that as a diss and attacked Canibus lyrically. Canibus insists that the line was meant as a compliment, but that's not how it would play out. LL went in the booth and recorded an entire verse directed at Canibus. Canibus to hold respect had to respond; attacking back with a song called "Second Round Knockout". With a little help from Mike Tyson (who laced some background vocals to hype up the song) the song was released and was met with rave fanfare. This ignited a Hip Hop feuds involving Canibus, LL Cool J, even 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 would focus on his album which was met with very poor reviews.

While underground Hip Hop fan embraced Canibus' albums the outside entertainment did not. Canibus has been credited with being one of the best lyrical freestyle rappers and has few equals in that area of rapping. In fact many rap magazine say the only rapper that could compete with Canibus in a freestyle battle is Eminem. Also Eminem and Canibus have been beginning a beef that started with Canibus making several diss on his underground album "C True Hollywood Story" about Stan, the obsessed Eminem fan. Em responded back in his album "The Eminem Show" warning the rapper that if he does begin a beef Canibus' career won't survive. Canibus has not yet replied.

- 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'.
Just released the new album Hip Hop 4 sale. [December 2005]
Enlisted in the US Army. [April 2004]

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