Southern rapper Ace Hood recently revealed his admiration for New York emcees especially hip-hop veteran and popular battle rapper Canibus.
Describing what characteristics stood out the most with Can, Ace ultimately credited him for helping shape his own career.
“I was huge on Canibus. He was crazy with the flow and that’s part of things I got man and just took it,” Ace described in an interview. “Lyrical massacre, man he’s a beast. I was there when him and LL [Cool J] was beefing. I was tuned in to that era you feel me? I know some things man…I used to grow up listening to a lot of New York artists as well. Just so I could get that type of feel of the game and that type of craft. My biggest thing is versatility. And I feel like that’s the biggest thing from a Southern artist you can be. [Meaning] that the game is changing up so at the end of the day in order to be a successful artist from the South you have to do best of both worlds if you want to have respect in the Northern parts of the world.” (Good Fella Media)
Earlier this week, Ace described the difference between Southern and Northern hip-hop.
“Mainly the south. I’m from Southern Florida but I listen to a lot of T.I. and [Lil] Wayne. I’m versatile in what I listen to though. I like Canibus and some other artists from up north. I think in the north, they’re big on tight lyrics and in the South it’s based on swagger and how slick lines can be slipped in, in clever ways.” (Rap-Up)
Recently, producer Jerry Wonda named Canibus SOHH Underrated.
“I want to go back to my man Canibus because he didn’t get to where he was supposed to be. My man Canibus has to be SOHH Underrated. It was everything about him. When he came in to the studio, he just came in and rocked it like a tsunami. It was something crazy. It’s sad because he was so good and then he suddenly he was gone. But, that’s how it goes. That’s how the music industry works. It’s the type of industry that we’re in.” (SOHH Underrated)
Earlier this month, Canibus turned heads after releasing a name-dropping record aimed at hip-hop group Slaughterhouse.
“First things first man, you f*cking with the worst,” Canibus raps, “You better bring an ice pack when I see you in person/I’mma bring an arsenal/Ask Joe who the f*ck you talking to, he the softest n*gga in the group/Blood thicker than water, wash it off after the Slaughter — Internet snitcher, like a little b*tch /Joey low life, living off rice and goat tripe/He boasts on the mic, then he posts on the site/Then exposed his whole life for the dope, for a price/Don’t rep the culture right/ old his soul for the hype/Got known overnight for n*ggas f*ckin’ his wife/Got bust in the eyesight and still wouldn’t fight — You a disgrace to Jersey, you suck on the mic/You and 5’9″ are like two moist buttwipes/Walkin’ around all uptight.” (“Lyrical Law Vs. Joey Cupcakes”)
Check out Ace Hood’s interview below: