Jamaican-born MC Cannibus announced this week the upcoming release of a brand new album, titled C Of Tranquility, a 15-track effort through Interdependent Media due in October.
The upcoming album, the rapper’s 10th, features production from the likes of DJ Premier, Jake One, Scram Jones, The Bizness, J-Zone and Slopfunkdust, and proves that he is just as on point now as when he was first hand-picked by Wyclef Jean for the sensational debut LP Can-I-Bus in 1998.
His widely-known lyrical prowess, along with a knack for creating songs that double as personal statements, is even represented in some of the track titles — “Merchant of Metaphors,” “Free Words,” and “The Messenger’s Message” all deliver on their promise of insightful and dexterous wordplay.
Having been deemed by several rap magazines as being one of the best lyrical freestyle rappers, Canibus recognizes this record as his opportunity to showcase his skills once again, implying that C Of Tranquility is the culmination of years of practice and progress.
“Sometimes life will beat you down just to remind you that you’re alive,” Canibus said during a 2009 interview with Conspiracy Worldwide Hip-Hop Radio. “There’s no better time than the present to try and actualize your dreams.”
Canibus’ career dates back to the early ’90s, when he made a name for himself by engaging in MC battles with Wu-Tang Clan and the Def Squad, even before the release of his much-anticipated 1998 debut. The record first appeared on the Billboard 200 at position no. 2, behind Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and went on to sell more than 500,000 copies in its first year.
In 2000, he entered into the world of acting, holding a supporting role as “Mo Blak” in the Spike Lee satire Bamboozled. The same year also brought about 2000 B.C., his sophomore follow-up featuring the first collaboration of The HRSMN, a hip-hop supergroup composed of Canibus, Ras Kass, Kurupt, and Wu-Tang’s Killah Priest. They would next come together on The Horsemen Project — a collection of demos and outtakes originally recorded in 2001 — which was released in 2003, immediately following his critically acclaimed fifth studio album, Rip the Jacker. This past February, Canibus’ Melatonin Magik entered in at the no. 91 spot on the Hip Hop Billboard charts.
Now, here he is in 2008 with C Of Tranquility, set to drop on October 5th.