New York rapper Canibus‘ manager M-Eighty has come to the defense of his client in light of public ridicule following his rap battle loss last weekend, claiming the emcee simply was unprepared for the match.
Speaking via a statement, Eighty acknowledged Can-i-bus had various factors against him going into the battle.
“To sum up, it is unfortunate that Canibus lost the battle but the fact of the matter is Bis is not not built for that type of forum anymore,” he said. “We all know Bis is a lyrical monster and his entire catalogue of tracks and albums is proof of that. Vendetta: Battle Royale was the first time since as far back as I can remember that Canibus has availed himself to an actual “battle” of this magnitude and guess what…he lost to a guy who is considered the ‘KOTD Champion’ and only writes battle raps specifically for this arena at an event held in his hometown. Obviously the odds were against us.” (Statement)
An alleged apology from Canibus surfaced online Tuesday (June 12) night.
“Firstly, I want to apologize first to ‘Subject 10’ whose vehicle I abandoned when the agents were approaching me. Secondly, I’d like to apologize to Supernat because I made him come support me and stand behind me for that embarrassment. Thirdly, I’d like to apologize to all The Rippers in attendance who I let down. Finally, I’d like to apologize to Dizaster and the entire KOTD staff. I tried my best and stood there like the solider I am but there was nothing I can do. As I said in the event, I could only do what I can do. For everyone who seems to be making a mockery out of my just- Remember this; dinosaurs once ruled the planet, Rome was once a powerhouse, The Blazers drafted Greg Oden, and every dog has its day. Doubt me and you will be defeated.” (Canibus’ Tumblr)
Footage of his’ notepad rap emerged online last weekend.
Last night following the game and the fight, you may have saw the name Canibus pop up on your timelines. No Twitter didn’t kill him… Known for his rhyme structure battle rap format, Canibus headed into a PPV battle with Dizaster. The rapper proceeded to pull out his pen and pad during his round and aimed the words on his loose-leaf paper at Dizaster. (The Source)
The rap veteran’s move caught the attention of artists like Talib Kweli who publicly scolded his action.
“Is mercury in retrograde or something? Just watched Canibus pull out a notepad during a battle. It truly disturbed me!,” he tweeted.
“I rarely get confused. But I can’t front right now I’m confused.”
“RT @jussGOOGLEit: @TalibKweli what is such a brilliant person like yourself so confused about? #thenotebook”
“Now I got that damn Cartman Trapper Keeper song stuck in my head. I don’t wanna let…To the tune of the theme of Dawsons Creek”
“F*ck trap rap it’s about trapper keeper rap in 2012” (Talib Kweli’s Twitter)
Check out Canibus’ rap battle below: