Canibus got into a rap beef with LL Cool J years ago and then disappeared. In a new interview, he explained why he left rap behind and joined the army.
“It was right after September 11. That experience, at that time I made a record, C! True Hollywood Stories, that was the album. The album was satire, it was. It was just done to kind of, like, allegorically make an album that was… you know, to get under the skin of folks that were saying that, ‘Yo man, I want the records to be hard! I want you to spit harder. The beats, the lyrics, I want more!’ And then I gave them less. Right? By making a record like that,” he said.
“And the record was strictly just something to…it wasn’t serious but it was something that was still palatable. It was something tangible. You could have went out and got the artwork, look at it, open the fold-out [and be like], ‘Who’s that guy wearing that shirt? Why is he writing that?’ We paid 25 bands for The Source ad and The Source was scared to run the ad because of the relationships that they were saying could have been ruined, and they did it for the money. And then, after that, they turn around and blackball me further. And took money to blackball me. The way I felt at that juncture was like, ‘You know what, rap ain’t it, I’m still young enough to go out and make a difference.”
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