Rapper Canibus has been long considers one of the best lyrical rappers in the game, and has released indie albums diehard fans consider underground gems.

Now, the rapper prepares a new album, titled Melatonin Magik, for February, his first since 2007’s For Whom the Beat Tolls.

On the new album, Bus touches on all sorts of topics. But, he also gets back to what he does best … battle. He’s best known for his epic battle with LL Cool J, but this time around, he’s moved on to bigger and better prey, with the calculated Eminem diss track “Air Strike (Pop Killer)”, featuring D12 and VA based rapper DZK.

Then, he hits on the theme of reclaiming hip-hop for what its true calling is on “Hip-Hop Black Ops,” which likens the corporate evil empire forces as those that are hurting the culture the most. Considering it an act of war, Bus’ considers “Melatonin Magik” as his pre-emptive strike.

After starting his career with Fugee member Wyclef Jean, Canibus engaged in a long-lived beef with LL Cool J that propelled his stature in the hardcore underground.

From his first album Can-I-Bus, the rapper followed up with 2000 B.C. and C True Hollywood Stories, both of which landed in the Billboard Top 200. Having eventually released eight full-length albums with aggregate sales close to 1 million units, Canibus established a loyal fan base of followers who anticipate each new release, and he’s finally blessing them with another.

(Download the Melatonin Magik sampler right here )

Tune into the next chapter in the Canibus saga, when Melatonin Magik hits stores February 9th.