Son Of Age

This is my entry for Destorm's Watch Me 2013 Rap Competition. click it, see if you'll like it.


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Ever since I started this site, I wanted to make sure that I had a consistency with my art and what I was passionate about and of late, I realize that I haven’t kept to the standards that I have set for myself and I, hereby will try my best to keep that promise in prime condition.

·         I won 3rd place for Best Hip-Hop Act at the VIMA Music Awards

·         I was the host for I.C.R.A.P (pronounced I see rap) at Zeus Sports Bar & Bistro

·         I was in an interview on RED-FM 

·         I was featured in the Sun newspaper in an interview that was somewhat almost accurate about who I am.

·         I had a few collaborations with great local acts and a few coming up too. 
RhymeB0ok Feat Son Of Age and Pearl from Swaiv -
Shoulda Known Better 

Billy Jack feat Ken Wyler, Danny Greene & Son Of Age -

When We Come Through

·         I have a lot of songs I haven’t recorded yet that are either half recorded or still on paper. 

Son Of Age - The 1 Malaysian

Son Of Age - Bates Motel

Son Of Age - The Travelling Man

Son Of Age - Love Placebo

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I wrote this article for a hip-hop event held in kuching a few months ago. It was a bit challenging to put certain pieces together (Mostly the Malaysian hip-hop scene) especially under the time constraints and a demanding dateline but it is finished with a few grammatical mistakes here and there i think. Judge for yourself. i give you....

 By Norman “Son of Age” Shane

"when I was 18, would you asked me what rap is, I would had what they say now...I am just representing the street, keeping it real, it's all about flows, you know what I am saying? Making money and all of that...but now, rap to me, is what singing is to Celine know, I want to be able to be 55, 60 years old, still rapping, we're going out like Frank Sinatra"    

Que pasa amigos?
Some would believe that the state of hip-hop is in disarray but to most, it’s stronger than it ever was before. Hip-Hop has travelled on a long winding road and has risen from the underground to be one of the biggest genres in music history.


Hip-Hop roots can be traced back to the 1970s New York- South Bronx to be precise. South Bronx was a notorious borough, marked by the worse unemployment, dereliction and violent crime but that didn’t stop a generation from experimenting with turntablism, graffiti, breakdancing and MCing. 

The infectious culture quickly spawned a unique style of music based on rapping over samples and later drum-machine patterns.  In 1971, at the edge of the South Bronx inconspicuous housing projects, Hip-Hop’s founding father “DJ Kool Herc” first built his sound system.

He took a technique from the discotheques, playing with two turntables and only sampled funk music like James Brown and Miles Davis and avoided disco music.  Even in the early stages of hip-hop, the news of DJ Kool Herc’s music started to spread like wildfire across the South Bronx. 

Later on, DJ Kool Herc took notice of the crowd’s energy at its peak whenever there was a break in the record he was spinning, so he started looping the breaks which he coined as the “merry-go-round”. The instrumentals became known as “Break Beats”.

This created a new dance move called b-boying, later known as breakdancing. 

By the mid-70s, a young notorious gang leader named “Afrika Bambaataa” rebranded his street gang, known at the time as “The Black Spades” to Zulu Nation, a cultural juggernaut in hip-hop’s lucrative history.

DJ Kool Herc started doing shout-outs in his breaks, gradually evolving into phrases and schoolyard rhymes. Even employing the first hip-hop group when he got his friends, “Coke LA Rock” and “Clark Kent” to rhyme on the beat. This was the first early signs of rapping coming into play, at the time, it was known as MCing. 

Nearing the end of the 70s, a mix-tape found its way to a small indie label in New Jersey, the label’s head, Silvia Robinson was impressed by its originality quickly when on search for an emcee, coincidentally ending her quest at a local pizza eatery when she overheard one of the employees rapping to himself.

In 1979, rapper’s delight was the first hip-hop commercial hit by the “Sugarhill gang”, lead by Big Bank Hank. Although it was a massive commercial success, it was received with scorn by the hip-hop community, calling it soft and the lyrics were plagiarized from a Bronx emcee named “Casanova Fly” even to the extent that the words were not even changed and his name was spelled out in the song.

Planet Rock By Afrika Bambaataa & the soulsonic force released under Tommy Boy Records in 1982 and was the fastest selling 12-inch single ever, establishing a new platform for hip-hop and was the first establish hip-hop album to win crossover pop success and grass-root credibility. 

Subsequently, the commercial success of Zulu Nation helped other hip-hop bands like Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five to release their hit single “the message”. The most Notable part of the song was the chorus “Don’t push me cause I’m close to the edge, I’m trying not to lose my head” which was different at the time since everything was more party music than anything edgy. 

In 1983, Run DMC was the first rap group to be featured on MTV, their claim to fame “King of Rock” video had all the rebelliousness nature of Rock at the time, this form of hip-hop captured the young minds of that generation. 

Nearing the end of the 80s, hip-hop would be a regular on the American Music Billboard, and no label that made that more clear than Def Jam Records, signing big names like LL Cool J and Public Enemy.

Public Enemy brought an ideology about black power and African American rights. This was something fresh and was missing in the hip-hop scene. The music was raw and provocative, especially with their on-stage bodyguards in combat fatigues, S1Ws (Security of the First World).

In the late 1980s, the west coast was struggling to make their own sound away from the east coast beats, and one man changed that, Ice-T. Ice T created something more hard-edge in comparison to the east coast scene. 

“I think the biggest breakthrough with us, was getting our own identity…I think that’s the key to any hip-hop, you have to be about where you’re from, you cannot be in the south and rapping about New York” Ice T commented.

Hip-hop also had its fair share of controversy like N.W.A with their gangster-theme album “straight out of Compton” that help paved the way for gangsta rap and Tone Loc’s “Wild Things”, released in 1989, which was a contrast of the N.W.A, with its pop-glossy rap song about just having fun, chasing girls and parties. Tone Loc’s album would eclipse any hip-hop album up to that point. 

2 live crew “As nasty as they want to be” was considered one of the most controversial hip-hop albums in the industry especially after the group’s publicized court cases. Hip-hop was gradually breaking into the white middle and upper-class demographic. 

Cop Killer, a song by Body Count, a fusion punk band with lead vocalist, Ice T, was a direct response to the police brutality that the black community was facing, especially after the unprovoked attack of Rodney King. 

In the early 90s, capital records signed MC Hammer to cultivate the very fresh hip-hop market, his album stayed on the US Pop charts for 21 weeks, an unprecedented achievement for hip-hop. Later on, a white rapper by the name of Vanilla Ice also took the stage with his one hit wonder “Ice, Ice, baby”.

By 1991, gangsta rap was the highest money making machine in regards to hip-hop’s array of genres.
This subgenre spewed one of the most controversial histories in hip-hop, the war between the east coast and the west coast, the war was lead by two unwilling individuals as leaders of each opposing sides, Tupac Shakur for the west coast and Notorious B.I.G for the east coast.

The two have stated in interviews that they were fighting over personal reasons but their fight were escalated to new heights by the media as a East coast Vs West Coast

On 7th September 1996, the war led to the gunning of Tupac Shakur, resulting to his death followed by Biggie Smalls a year later also due to gun violence.

Hip-hop lost two of its biggest stars and all seem to be at a lost but post-gangsta rap saw the rise of other rappers like Eminem, Mase, Ludacris, Nelly and many more. The rest as they would say is history.


When hip-hop was introduced to a wide-eyed audience in the US around the 70s, hip-hop only reach our ears closing to the end of the 80s.  Based on my research, Malaysia’s first official hip-hop album was “Pump It Up”, released in 1989 by the hip-hop group Krash Kozz, comprising of Najee, Jakeman, DJ Gabriel and Suresh, the lead vocalist. 

By 1992, Krash Kozz had a new line-up (Najee, Noramin and Joe Siva) and had release a self-titled four-song EP.  At the very same year around November, Firhad introduced New Jack Swing (NJS) to the Malaysian public which was easily mistaken for Hip-Hop at the time. 

 Firhad and Siva even had a conversation with the Godfather of NJS, Teddy Riley who apparently coaxed the duo into spreading the good news of NJS.

This spun new acts like 4U2C, KRU, Les Enfant, Nana Nurgaya and Nico who performed at the first-ever Malaysian hip-hop gig, Konsert Rap KL, which took place at the Life Centre in Jalan Sultan Ismail. 

One of the most prolific and important groups at the show was D.E.F.X (a seven member group consisting of two emcees, Yogi and MC E.N.A and five backup dancers) which showed the potential of the local hip-hop scene. 

By 1994, Krash Kozz broke up, signaling, to an extent, any hope of seeing a local English hip-hop scene, only leaving with the pseudo-hip-hop popish groups like KRU and Nico. However, there was a ray of hope when Poetic Ammunition (PMO) was formed at the end of 1994, with a newly formed label known as Positive Tone. They got music execs excited with their original track, run, with its tight delivery, infectious hooks and wicked beats but it was quickly proven not the case when Poetic Ammunition slowly faded away from public existence. 

However that may be, it wasn’t enough to deter other Malaysian acts to produce their own hip-hop tracks. Whyness, inspired by hardcore rap released a six-track self-titled demo and Naughtius Maximus were the first hip-hop group to release an authentic hip-hop album, complete with the requisite beats, rhymes and attitude that came along with such albums. 

Even Malaysian hip-hop had its own fair share of controversy, when RTM Malaysia banned their songs, two months after the album was released, claiming that it was “too westernized” but naturally, this made the genre more sought out for because controversy sells well and the numbers of hip-hop fans increasing exponentially. 

By 1998, a posse of strong-willed emcees known as Poetic Ammo (comprise of Yogi B, Landslyde, C Loco and Point Blanc) released their debut single, “everything changes” which received positive responses and were the leaders of the pack that took what Naughtius Maximus did in their first album but to a higher level. 

However, it took almost a year for the album to be noticed.

“We nearly gave up first because sales weren’t great. There wasn’t an English hip-hop scene then, and not many people in Malaysia knew what the music was all about.” Yogi B said.

Around that same year, underground hip-hop gigs got more rampant, spreading across primarily five states- Penang, Ipoh, Kuantan, Johor Bharu and Kuala Lumpur.

As hip-hop expanded its reach to a wider audience especially around the late 90s, Malaysia had a burst of fresh new hip-hop groups like “First Borne Troopz” later known as “Teh Tarik Crew”, SickSiderz and ILLustrait where both groups would later converge as “The Rebel Scum”, Intergrated Soul, Pac Of Doja, M.O.B (Members Of Blood) and Too Phat. 

Too Phat, arguably the biggest hip-hop act in Malaysia’s history has been accredited as the leaders of pushing the local hip-hop scene to the international stage. Initially signed under Positive Tone and releasing hits like “Too Phat Baby” from their debut album “whutadilly”.

By the release of their album “360 degrees” after “Plan B”, Too Phat would have one of their biggest collaborations yet, with Cali’s Long Beach legend Warren G. This help place Malaysia in the forefront of music as far as hip-hop is concern.
After the collapse of Positive Tone, Joe Flizzow opened shop to his own record label, Kartel Records, this is where Malique and Joe Flizzow would have their final album together as Too Phat “Rebirth to reality” which was a sensational hit on the local radio. 

Kartel would enter into a distribution agreement with Warner Brothers, enabling them to promote their artists to a wider audience. 

By that time in the mid 2000s, music shows like Blast Off and Gangstarz help create a new generation of hip-hop, with collectives such as Flow Fam, K-Town Clan and MC Syze.

Malique would move on to make his own independent label, Qamar Records. Malique's first solo album, OK, with singles such as Mantera Beradu featuring M. Nasir and Kau Yang Punya featuring Najwa was considered a huge success. Both singles were number one on the local charts and stayed there for a very long time. Joe Flizzow’s solo career also was a hit with his album President, with also chart topping singles such as Do It Duit and Isabella.

Notable collaborations with Joe Flizzow’s album President include lyricist and one of hip-hop’s legends, KRS one along with Jin, Thaitanium, Terry Tyle Lee and Hardy Mirza making their appearance in the album


The thing about hip-hop today is it's smart, it's insightful. The way they can communicate a complex message in a very short space is remarkable.
-Barrack Obama

Hip-hop has come a long way from the Bronx; it has evolved into a multi-million dollar money making machine and has reached out to other cultures other than its own. It was unashamedly raw, untainted; it was urban poetry, hiding no punches, choke full of emotions and attitude. 

Sadly like many genres before its time, Hip-Hop was quickly swallowed up by the industry, creating bland platitudes, a uniformity of mindless drones. Of course, there are rappers who are still lyrical in their content and subject matter.  

But not to worry kids, hip-hop still live alive and well in the underground scene and with the power of the internet, it’s not as hard as it was before for these underground rappers to showcase their talent.

Hip-hop in earlier times was a way for the ghetto to express themselves through the storytelling and realistic poetry normally accompanied by the beat. 

Hip-hop reflects the truth, and the problem is that hip-hop exposes a lot of the negative truth that society tries to conceal. It's a platform where we could offer information, but it's also an escape.” Busta Rhymes said.

Nikki Giovanni, a social activist also added that “Hip-hop is a cultural expression - it's embracing.”

Hip-hop has reached quite far with its power and influence, even John Kerry; Minnesota’s senior senator is an avid admirer of hip-hop. 

I'm fascinated by rap and by hip-hop. I think there's a lot of poetry in it. There's a lot of anger, a lot of social energy in it. And I think you'd better listen to it pretty carefully” he said.

…it's important.” He added.

While there are critics who openly criticize the superficial side of hip-hop with its braggadocios lyrics and sometimes lack of more complex rhythmic melodies. 

I consider music to be storytelling, melody and rhythm. A lot of hip-hop has broken music down. There are no instruments and no songwriting. So you're left with just storytelling and rhythm. And the storytelling can be so braggadocios, you're just left with rhythm.” Jack White stated. 

Hip-hop don't have no fresh energy, none at all. Its money driven, everybody tryin' to make that cheque, nobody putting art in their albums anymore.” Andre Benjamin of Outkast added.

Of course, the critics do have their point on the matter especially since in the 70s and early 80s,  hip-hop has influenced the black community in America and has reached beyond its borders to the world stage and influence a whole generation of young people from many different cultures and background. 

Saul Williams, a well known alternative hip-hop artist has said that “I remember back in the day when Chuck D called hip-hop the 'black people's CNN.' Well now, hip-hop is more like Fox News. It's biased, and highly suspect” 

He also added that “The only reason I've been so critical of hip-hop is because I've always been aware of the effect that it has, and the reflection that it gives of the African-American community.

I believe that music is amoral but it can be molded to have negative or positive effects, almost hypnotic in its reach especially to young people. Music triggers a multitude of emotions, music is universal. It is a form of communication. 
Hip-hop is a bit limiting, if you’re not wearing the uniform then you’re not a soldier and if hip-hop was the army, a lot of soldiers are just soldiers of fortune rather than ordinary men fighting for their country and livelihood. 

I don’t think that hip-hop should be placed under that definition, because it is so much more than just a pop cultural influence in America, it has its hands everywhere, maybe not as prominent as a culture but definitely made heads turn over the past two decades or so.   

Hip-hop in the mainstream is very successful, making millions easily and branching out to other merchandising like fashion, clothing lines, perfumes, TV shows and many other money making opportunities. 

However, it has somewhat lost its relevance and ideology in some ways. Perhaps hip-hop is dead like what Nas said but I think mainly that’s in the mainstream arena. 

In the underground scene, on a global scale has made some underground rappers successful without signing to a single major label, rappers like Hopsin or Tech N9ne. This gives hope to those who doesn’t want to follow the trendy or “sell out” but perhaps preserve hip-hop in its more formative years. 

What I envision for the future of hip-hop at least in Malaysia is that we can differentiate ourselves from the rest of the pack, with our own sound, like how the west coast did initially with the east coast. 

Malaysia still suffers from imitators and trend followers; you can always tell what’s popular in the charts by listening to some of these rappers and to me, that isn’t good enough, while it’s true that we do take influence from the people we respect, I don’t think taking their whole entire persona is good either. 

I would like to see Sarawak has its own style, and I am not talking about playing the sape or rapping in Bahasa Sarawak for the sake to sound different, I mean, something distinctive from the rest. I would like to see hip-hop be formed as our own. 

People from outside can easily say “yup, that is the Sarawakian sound”. 

As of now, there isn’t much to go on but I think it’s a lesson in progress and the learning curve may a bit arduous but I believe we will get there.

Hit me up on Facebook for any inquiries, questions, corrections, extra information or even your undying love of affection 

Adios muchachos
 “Hip-hop is ever changing but you'll always have the pack. And you'll always have those people who are separated from the pack.”


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I know i haven't been active in more than 3 months on this blog and i guess i've been hiding inside my lab trying to concoct a new song to give you guys. I realized while within my absence that the fan-base is growing, some that shows it with likes and some with verbal communication face to face albeit not fans on my facebook page: (

click on the LINKS BELOW and click vote on each page: 
Best Hip-Hop Act:
Best Hip-Hop Song:

results will look like this

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Yes, i know, it's a little too late to have a review of this "amazing" movie. 

When I first heard that a reboot of the neighborhood-friendly Spider-man franchise, I was ecstatic, not withstanding that I am an avid fan of “Spidey” but because the 3rd installment of the Sam Raimi’s  Spider-man was sub-par and really was one of the worse adaptations of the vigilante superhero.  

I felt that the 3rd movie fell of its pedestal with an unrealistic venom suit (designed by the original creator, Todd McFarlane) and a shoddy plot with an overly emotional hipster Peter Parker. That being said, I was expecting a lot more from Marc Webb to bring a new glorious reign of a feel-good hero inclusive of web shooters and full on spandex.

The new suit doesn't really look as good as it could be
and what's the deal with the glowing web-shooters?

Reeling into the movie with an open mind, the story begins with an 8 year old Peter Parker playing hide-and-seek with his father. He enters his father’s study and found it ransacked.  His father enters moments later, grabbing his son and a few hidden case files and leaving parker with his uncle Ben and Aunt May, never to be seen again throughout the whole movie.

Really promising and awesome start…

Unlike the 2002 version, the movie focused on his parents’ disappearance which is the premise of Peter finding himself in the process (reminds me of the Ultimate Spider-man version, somewhat). Without divulging too much into the zone of spoilers, I didn’t like the way Andrew Garfield portrayed Peter Parker but I like his portrayal of Spidey, a very close likeness in attitude and form with the comic version.

However, Peter Parker in this version doesn’t fit very well with me, especially seeing Peter daringly fighting back against Flash in the first half hour of the movie.  Now for those of you who have never read the comic version, Peter Parker was a lonely nerd who didn’t dare to fight back to his suppressors and only fought back with Flash after his Spidey-powers kicked into gear. Peter was the proverbial luckless, na├»ve nerd that doesn’t get the girls in school, you know, the “real” outcast of the school.

In this movie version, he’s the cool, brooding, antsy-ridden teenager who skateboards. Far from the luckless Peter Parker I love reading in the comic books. To be fair, Tobey Maguire played a good Peter Parker (I & II) but didn’t really play the Spider-man role as good as Andrew does.

The romance build-up was too fast in retrospect, I mean there was no real struggle for Peter to get the girl, even with the “James Dean” awkwardness that would get any “I can change him” girl to fall in love with him.
Could Ms. Stone have been a better MJ than
Gwen Stacy?
The amazingly bodacious Emma Stone was playing the part of the swoon-over Gwen Stacy; I can’t help but feel that she would have been a better auburn red head, sassy Mary-Jane because her roles in previous movies showcased that sort of character.  

A side note here, I didn’t like Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane either and practically imagined someone hotter and more Mary-Jane worthy to play that role.

While I am cool with romantic angles in superhero films, I didn’t like how much they focused on it, I really felt like I was watching a twilight-ish version of Spider-man from time to time.  But what should I expect from a director whose breakthrough movie was about a romantic comedy?

The movie also didn’t focus on the Lizard man as much as it should. Perhaps due to the Lizard man not being as big of a “movie star” as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin or Doc Ock but he could have given Spidey a run for his money if given the right premise rather than the less-than-spectacular conclusion of the movie.

The fight scenes between Spidey and Lizard man was interesting, fast pace, energetic, action-packed and suspenseful but had far too little screen time in the 2 hours and a half of the movie.

The training sequence in the movie was unnecessary and was too long.

 It was also strange to see Spidey unmasked most of the time. What’s the point of a secret identity if you’re not going to hide it?

Overall, the movie has memorable moments and can take you back to the days of reading Spider-man graphic novels/comic books, taking a journey alongside Spider-man but it wasn’t as amazing as the first film back in 2002. It was definitely better than the third installment. The movie itself felt more like an alternative universe where Peter Parker is a whole new different character, the problem with that is that Raimi’s film adaption was so close to home, you can’t help but feel like comparing both franchise to each other. Often so in the movie,  the romance bits felt like it had the teen wolf/twilight moments, which I assume got the girls feeling giddy in their seats.

The movie felt half-assed and the 3D scenes were ridiculously out of place. The beginning of the movie was realistically close to Nolan’s Dark Knight Series but took a turn for some retardation of the highest kind. It’s like the writers (Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves and James Vanderbilt) were forced to write the movie in such a way to draw in the current trend of morose vampires and awkward werewolves.

I think my thoughts on this won’t stop the general public from loving this movie but as for myself, I am disappointed. On a brighter side, the movie sparked my willingness to read Spider-man comics once again to see what I’ve missed for the past three years or so. 

Hope dark knight rises won't disappoint. 
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Two days ago, i was checking my inbox when i received an email entitled 
"A letter from June 15th, 2011 from your rapper self". send from futureme. 

This website gives you the chance to send an email to yourself in the near or distant future base d on the settings you choose. At the time i timed the email to be send one day later, when i received it, i decided to set the timer to a year. 

Fast forward to the 16th June, 2012, i completely forgot about futureme and the contents of that email but after reading it, i decided to share it to you all and hopefully you'll try it yourself and share it with the rest of us. 

The following is an e-mail from the past, composed 11 months and 30 days ago, on June 16, 2011. It is being delivered from the past through

Hi future me,
 I do hope you have and please, let's keep it far and away from being classified as 'the roots' carbon copy cause we've never been about that.
I hope you didn't sell out and i hope you didn't use autotune. I hope your guitar playing gets better by now. I hope your lyricism has reached a new level of intensity. i mean i believe we've reached a pretty good level lyrically.
Remember, don't think about the rules, just follow the flow. Be yourself. Don't care what your friends say or tell you about how it's so hard to do this and do that.
 I hope and believe your insights would be better by now and you've reached an international level.
Hey, funny, i just thought of a song. I think you remember? maybe you've wrote it already.
Anyway, since this is public, i hope someone who is reading our personal chat between each other would check out our website.
 let's skip the pleasantries shall we?
As you would know, most of our shared 'life' we wanted to have something to do with the music industry among many of our other ambitious dreams.
Now i am sure you remember a year back your past self (me) wanted to form a rap live band (not group).
I wonder if you've come up with a better rapper name than ''Stereomanic'' (google me) or at least an alter ego that is easier to remember rather than being called ''Stereomaniac'' although that actually sounds nice.
Right now in 2011 we've got roughly 600+ fans so far. i wonder what is the amount now in your time?
Don't forget we've reached far, we've got a really good job and people actually liked our music as we've believed would be the outcome before.
I do hope you stay humble throughout and don't forget man, religion is bad but God is cool.
 I hope and believe your insights would be better by now and you've reached an international level.
Hey, funny, i just thought of a song. I think you remember? maybe you've wrote it already.
Anyway, since this is public, i hope someone who is reading our personal chat between each other would check out our website.
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Canibus, a great lyricist without a great marketing strategy

Recently at a King Of The Dot (KOTD) rap battle league, the in-house champion ‘Dizaster’ took the challenge of battling one of hip-hop’s most underrated and begotten son of hip-hop. Canibus

Canibus is known for his complex rhymes where he brings a more scientific, abstract and philosophical approach to his music, sometimes releasing albums that are more conceptual than others.

For example, “C True Hollywood Stories” where he raps from the point of view of ‘Stan’, the crazed and obsessive Eminem fan who killed himself along with his pregnant girlfriend by driving off a bridge but in Canibus version, he survives and joins a hip-hop band.

 He is also known for having beef with rappers like Eminem and LL Cool J.  With both battles he came off at the bottom end. However, his string of bad luck doesn’t start from there, from bad collaborations to bad producers and being blackballed by the industry, TWICE. Canibus cannot catch a break.

In his most recent rap battle, he was definitely kicked in the nuts by Dizaster. Sadly he was not only disseminated by the vicarious KOTD champion but Canibus broke the unspoken rule of hip-hop in a freestyle rap battle, he brought out his notebook because he forgot his rhymes. 

But do take note, that this dude is an amazing rapper but his style may not be for everyone and some people see him as a bitter person and to a certain extend I think he is. 

Plus his records were not critically acclaimed and he doesn’t have big bags of cash like the others. However that doesn’t prove that he doesn’t have skills, he just wasn’t marketed well. 

To be honest, I pity this dude but he seems to get a reverse effect, people are checking him out even the Eminem dick-ryders (not all of them) are slowly starting to listen to him more carefully. Well maybe he can gain a bit of exposure, a bit of luck on his side.
Check out the battle here: 

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