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Canibus Biography

Canibus Biography

He began rhyming in the mid-'90s and by 1995 formed a duo called T.H.E.M. (The Heralds of Extreme Metaphors) with Atlanta rapper Webb (now called C.I., also known as Central Intelligence). While he was with Webb, he took part in a legendary cypher with the Wu Tang Clan family in Buffalo, New York, which earned him respect from the rap veterans. In 1996, T.H.E.M. split and Canibus teamed with businessman Charles Suitt. In 1997, Canibus started earning respect in the hip hop world after making numerous guest appearances with artists including The Lost Boyz, Common, Wyclef Jean, Kurupt, Ras Kass, Heltah Skeltah and The Firm. In 2002, Canibus signed up for the United States Army. For the next three years, fans were not provided with an official reason for this decision. It was originally thought that the rapper joined the military because he was affected by the September 11, 2001 attacks, but, according to an interview with SOHH.com from 2005, there was another reason: 'I enlisted because I wanted to get away from the music,' said the MC. 'I wanted to do something that gave me a separate definition from what I had done all through my teens and twenties. I was 28 when I enlisted'. In May of 2003, two months before his fifth album, Rip the Jacker, was released to rave reviews, he graduated from Fort Knox and began working as a Cavalry Scout. In 2004, the authorities found Williams smoking marijuana and thereby discharged him.


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