Can-I-Bus

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Can-I-Bus
Studio album by Canibus
Released September 8, 1998
Recorded 1997–1998
Genre Hip hop
Length 48:03
Label Universal
Producer A Kid Called Roots, Canibus, Clark Kent, Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis, Joe Servilus, LG, Salaam Remi, Wyclef Jean
Canibus chronology
Can-I-Bus
(1998)
2000 B.C. (Before Can-I-Bus)
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B[2]
MV Remix 7/10[3]
NME 8/10[4]
RapReviews 5/10[5]
Robert Christgau (A)[6]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[7]
Sputnikmusic 2/5 stars[8]

Can-I-Bus is the debut album by rapper Canibus, released on September 8, 1998 through Universal Records. The album was released after the rapper's success with his LL Cool J diss track, "Second Round K.O.", which was included on Can-I-Bus, with additional support from heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson. However, the album received mixed reviews.[citation needed] The beats, created mostly by Wyclef Jean, were criticized for their blandness and unoriginality (with a fair amount of the criticism coming from Canibus), but lyrically, the album was praised. Tower Records referred to Canibus as "one of the most innovative new MCs in hip-hop. With Can-I-Bus, the debut album, Canibus delivers more of the battle-rhyme lyrics that are his stock in trade. Still, he manages to cover new ground with conceptually strong cuts like 'I Honor U,' which is dedicated to his mother. With his lyrical skills, Canibus represents the elements that helped build rap music." The album has been certified gold by the RIAA. The song "How We Roll" also appeared on the bonus 3rd disc of Eightball's album Lost.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s)
1 "Intro" Canibus, Wyclef Jean, Jerry Wonda (co-producer)
2 "Patriots" (featuring Free & Pras) Canibus (co-producer), Danny & Cyrus (co-producer), Jerry Wonda
3 "Get Retarded" Canibus (co-producer), Salaam Remi
4 "Niggonometry" Canibus (co-producer), Jerry Wonda, LG
5 "Second Round K.O." Canibus (co-producer), Wyclef Jean, Jerry Wonda
6 "What's Going On" Canibus (co-producer), Jerry Wonda, LG
7 "I Honor U" (featuring Jenny Fujita) Canibus (co-producer), Jerry Wonda, Wyclef Jean
8 "Hype-nitis" Canibus (co-producer), Jerry Wonda, Joe Servilus (co-producer)
9 "How We Roll" (featuring Panama P.I.) Clark Kent
10 "Channel Zero" Canibus (co-producer), Clark Kent
11 "Let's Ride" A Kid Called Roots, Canibus (co-producer), Jerry Wonda
12 "Buckingham Palace" Canibus (co-producer), Jerry Wonda, Wyclef Jean
13 "Rip Rock" Canibus (co-producer), Jerry Wonda, Wyclef Jean
14 "How Come" (feat. Youssou N'Dour)

(present on some releases)

Canibus (co-producer), Jerry Wonda, Wyclef Jean

Samples[edit]

"Get Retarded"

  • "After The Dance" by Marvin Gaye
  • "Christy" by L.A. Boppers

"Niggonometry"

"Second Recond K.O."

"How We Roll"

  • "Something for Nothing" by MFSB

"Channel Zero"

"Let's Ride"

"Rip Rock"

  • "Streets of Cairo of the Poor Little Country Maid" by Sol Bloom

"What's Goin' On"

"Hype-nitis"

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"Second Round K.O."
  • Released: March 24, 1998
  • B-side: "How We Roll"

Album chart positions[edit]

Charts (1998)[9] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 2
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 24
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 2

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions[10]
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Canadian Singles Chart
1998 "Second Round K.O." 28 13 3 5 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas Erlewine, Stephen. allmusic ((( Can-I-Bus > Overview ))). Allmusic. Accessed February 23, 2008.
  2. ^ Browne, David (September 14, 1998). Can-I-Bus | Music Review | Entertainment Weekly. Entertainment Weekly. Accessed March 2, 2008.
  3. ^ MVRemix. [1]. MVRemix. Accessed February 3, 2009.
  4. ^ NME. [2]. NME. Accessed February 3, 2009.
  5. ^ DJ Fatboy (September 1998). Canibus :: Can-I-Bus :: Universal. RapReviews. Accessed May 19, 2008.
  6. ^ Robert Christgau: CG: Can-I-Bus. Consumer Guide. Accessed February 23, 2008.
  7. ^ Powell, Kevin (September 4, 1998). Canibus: Can-I-Bus? : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone. Accessed February 23, 2008.
  8. ^ Maximilian Harkness (October 18, 2008). Canibus: Can-I-Bus stinks. : Music Reviews : Sputnikmusic. Sputnikmusic. Accessed February 21, 2010.
  9. ^ allmusic ((( Can-I-Bus > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums ))). Allmusic. Accessed May 19, 2008.
  10. ^ allmusic ((( Can-I-Bus > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles ))). Allmusic. Accessed May 19, 2008.