Canibus – Time Flys, Life Dies… Phoenix Rise Review

This album has all the aspects of being a solid Canibus album as well as having some choice guests that show how his stock is rising once again in the Hip Hop community. However at over an hour and a half in length, he may have tried to cram too much into this project, and with the average track length being over four minutes it is a long haul.

The production is excellent with a few different flavours being thrown in to diversify the beats. Each has a different feel and atmosphere to help the message get through to the listener. However with the tracks running so long, it can feel like the backing becomes repetitive as you hear each song for that length of time.

The lyricism is excellent and Canibus shows why he was a powerhouse in the battle rap ring. The tracks are peppered with all sorts of lyrical prowess and rap techniques that make the words more powerful to hear and more enjoyable to listen to. Canibus should be commended on not only his expert lyriricism, but being able to keep it up for stone length of this project.

The features all do a great job and with some of Hip Hop’s elite included in the album, Canibus shows that he has serious connections in rap. All the guests put in good effort and come away with fantastic verses that make very cohesive tracks. Canibus may want to consider a signing feature or two on a more commercial track to help appeal grow with the mainstream audiance, but he may lose core audiance due to “selling out”

Overall, this is a very entertaining album and a great addition to Canibus’ already big catalogue of music. He shows that he is still a force to be reckoned with and that his strength in rap is still growing.

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Canibus – Fait Accompli Review

While Canibus is clearly a talented rapper and lyricist, his 15th album is unfortunately overshadowed by its less than average production and strange choice of subjects.

Canibus spends almost the entire album trying to teach life lessons, but obscure life lessons. For example, he tries to teach how the Chinese are going to take over the world in “pay me in gold” as they don’t want currency, just gold. While it is one of the better songs off the album, it is still not a track that could be listened to for too long as the beat is overly repetitive and the chorus is far from catchy.

The large majority of the production, if not all, becomes repetitive and doesn’t have any “pop” to it. It is all low tones with little variation and it just makesthe whole album tricky to listen to as a whole. If you can pick some favourite tracks to listen to then I suggest you take them and not play the whole album as a whole.

Canibus is still as great a rapper as always and his lyricism shines in some moments. However his subject matter makes it difficult to take him seriously when he is making generalising statements and outrageous accusations about what is happening to America.

Overall, this album has some gems but there is a lot to wade through to get them. You can either look at Canibus in several ways, The maker of 15 albums, a hardcore lyricist or as the guy who botched his return to battle rap by taking out a notepad. He should be remembered as one of the greatest because every rapper at one time or another has enjoyed Canibus’ work.