Announced via his official youtube and twitter channels, Hip-Hop lyricist Ras Kass has told fans he has left the rap group “HRSMN” with immediate effect. The video posted on Ras Kass youtube page doesn’t go indepth as to the reasons, however he suggested that complications and relationships with certain people made the situation too complicated and has decided to leave the group. The HRSMN consisted of Ras Kass, Canibus, Kurupt and Killah Priest. There is no word on whether Ras Kass will be replaced by another fourth member, or any future plans from the HRSMN following his depature from the group. Ras Kass is working on his upcoming project F.I.L.A and Hip-Hop Kings will continue to post updates on the music and news. You can watch Ras Kass announcing leaving the HRSMN below.
In a completely unexpected move, here is the audio (with download link) from Canibus for his track “J Clone” which is a diss aimed directly to J.Cole. Below is a quote from Canibus explaining his reasons for the record.
Currently, new artists such as J Cole have continuously mentioned me as their favorite artist, shouted me out in articles, magazine/online interviews, and even gone as far as starting off show sets by playing some of my earlier material to warm up the audience and give off the impression that he is real hip hop and loves real lyricism. Cole might say he does this to pay homage, but in reality, by him playing my older material owned by my former label dating back to 1998, subsequently overlooking my current works and contributions which directly benefit me now, he is treating me less like an artist that has, and continues to contribute, influence, and inspire an even younger generation of MC’s coming up, and more like an artist that has physically passed on already(i.e. Tupac, B.I.G., Big L, Heavy D, Eyeda): you get the point I’m trying to make. I can’t help but to think that he is not nearly as sincere or genuine as he would like real hip hop heads to think he is because he speaks about me like I am dead. What he is doing is underhanded and disingenuous and whether it is his idea or not, I don’t agree with his tactic and I have something to say about it.
Was I so ahead of my time back in 1996 that people are currently unable to comprehend the jewels I continue to offer hip-hop NOW in 2012?
Do some real research folk. I am currently 12 albums deep, and I challenge anyone with a high school education or better to dispute the validity of the cutting edge Hip Hop music I still contribute to the art form on a yearly basis. Whether you ever wanted to collaborate on a track with me or not is your prerogative, I only ask that in your efforts to “pay homage” you don’t overlook my current offerings to this genre I still love very much and defend to the fullest.
Some might look to label me as an older head picking on a younger head who claims to have been influenced by me, but I refuse to let anyone including him stand on what we built, and pompously extract only the parts that suit them and their undermining intentions under the guise of “paying homage”. I’m sick of it. That’s fake, fraudulent, and misrepresents mine and others contributions, and significance to hip-hop music. After watching many many interviews of Clone, I mean Cole “pay homage”, I decided to pay some homage to him myself because I am still alive and well and ready to throw down for Hip Hop.
Captain Cold Crush
More recently Canibus released a video retracting his words. You can download Canibus – J Clone (J Cole diss) on the hulkshare player below, and also watch the Canibus vlog on the player below.
I’ve said this before and I re-iterate to readers my opinion on Canibus. I’ve never understood some of the business decisions he’s made throughout his career, including most recently verbally attacking Slaughterhouse. Not only was this unjustified (in my opinion) going against the world’s most popular supergroup isn’t generally a good idea. Anyway Joe Budden has yesterday leaked a track titled “Spring Training (Shots Fired)” which is aimed at Canibus and Arsonal who’s a battle rapper from Jersey. You can listen to Joe Budden – Spring Training (Shots Fired) on the audio player below.
About Canibus from Wikipedia.
Germaine Williams, better known by his stage name Canibus, is a Jamaican-born American rapper. He is a part of supergroup The HRSMN. Canibus rose to fame in the mid nineties. Canibus is well known for his extensive vocabulary and vivid imagery, he’s also well known for creating intricate rhyme schemes, complex phrases and concepts that he uses in order to provide an artistic depth to his music.
The duo released The Underdogs EP back in 2009 through Sound Records & Entertainment, and the 7 songs project was meant to be a preemptive release to the full length album. The Def Squad and former Refugee Camp All-Stars members have now revealed that The Underdogs is planned for a 31st May release date according to the Koch Distribution database.
Canibus has been busy on the mic, releasing two albums last year: Melatonin Magik and C of Tranquility.
It has been confirmed that Erick Sermon will executive produce the album, with Tech N9ne and Crooked I slated for guest appearances.
There’s no better way to kick off promotion for an album than Elemental Zazen. The Boston-bred MC has teamed up with Canibus for the first single from his forthcoming album “Nothing to Lose but Change” with the collaborative track “Hollow Heart”. The hard-hitting Hip-Hop track is exactly whats required to build a buzz, and annoucing guest artists Fashawn and Jean Grae will also feature is perfect from Elemental Zazen. I’ll be gladly posting any new updates from Elemental Zazen as we lead up to the release of “Nothing to Lose But Change”, however in the meantime you can listen to Elemental Zazen ft Canibus - Hollow Heart on the audio player below.
With the release of Canibus‘ 10th studio album “C Of Tranquility” I have a single from the album to share titled “Title 17 USMC”. The track is typical of Canibus – as fans can enjoy reciting various quotable bars throughout, and listen in awe of his unique rhyming ability. You can support Canibus by purchasing the album C Of Tranquility from the amazon download link below, and you can listen to Canibus – Title 17 USMC below.
Here is a world exclusive from Mr Montana and Menace at Conspiracy Worldwide Radio, from Matt Maddox and Canibus called “Scars and Stripes”. The track was produced by Ganjak, and is the leak from the upcoming album “Asylum Artistry” which will be released through Redphone Records. Guest appearances on the album include Canibus, Sadat X, Sabac Red and more. You can listen to Matt Maddox x Canibus – Scars and Stripes on the player below.
GamerTagRadio caught up with Ras Kass, and asked his thoughts about the recent Canibus diss to Eminem. Ras Kass supports his four horseman colleague, however thinks it’s a little too late for Canibus to be firing shots at Eminem. We previously learned that Melatonik Magik is the new Canibus album which features the single Air Strike (Eminem Diss), and a bunch of new, unheard material. You can listen to Ras Kass speaking about theCanibus and Eminem beef on the player below.
Here’s an exclusive to end the evening. I was speaking to Forgotten Soldiers who were kind enough to lend their time and thoughts about the new Canibus album “Melatonin Magik” which is set to be released in 2010. We have a leaked single from the album which is called “Dead By Design”. It’s the second track we’ve heard from Canibus in as many days, along with the DZK featured diss to Eminem called “Air Strike”. The track was leaked by Canibus on his official website.
Dead By Design is the second leak from Melatonin Magik, and is a good representation of the quality we should be hearing from the new album. Canibus has come under pressure from fans to re-create the amazing 2000 B.C and Can-I-Bus albums which were released in 1999 and 2000 respectively. The recent records such as Hip-Hop For Sale and Mind Control didn’t fair as well. You can listen to Canibus – Dead By Design on the player below.