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At a thousand degree Celsius I make MC's melt/Fuck my record label I appear courtesy of myself/Let me explain how I maintain thresholds to pain/I walk across the Sun barefoot lookin for shade/I rearrange your rib cage like a twelve gauge at close range/and change the position of your brain"—“Desperados,” The Firm featuring Canibus, The Firm: The Album(1997)

Canibus is the type who'll fight for mics/ Beatin’ niggas to death and beatin’ dead niggas to life— “4, 3, 2, 1,” LL Cool J featuring Method Man, Redman, Canibus, Master P & DMX, Phenomenon (1997)

I stuck my dick in everything from asshole to the nasal passage/ Dug her out all day, then changed my sperm DNA/ Now she got nobody to blame“Some Shit,” Keith Murray featuring Canibus & Déjà Vu, It’s A Beautiful Thing (1998)

Rappers are hardly ever able to recapture their prime's lyrical genius. Case in point: Canibus. In his heyday, the Queens MC buried many of his peers by filling his bars with complex rhyme schemes and vocabulary words like “syntactic” (no, you can’t get that from your local pharmacy). Though he's been quiet in recent years, ‘Bus has a substantial catalog to his name. Fittingly, five days short of the 13-year anniversary (March 24) of "Second Round K.O.," his venomous diss against LL Cool J, 'Bus recently resurfaced with a DJ Premier diss, "Tell the Truth." While there’s enough of the rapper’s tracks to fill up an entire iPod, XXLMag.com selects 20 standout verses (in no particular order). —Georgette Cline

With the scientifically quantifiable megalomaniacal viable style/ It's like trying to ride a bull/Let's have a dictionary duel after school—“Dr C PHD”(Eminem Diss), Mic Club: The Curriculum(2002)

I bury MCs with rosary beads/a picture of they wife and they seed and a picture of me/I’m as graceful as the left hand of Rembrandt/Put some instrumentals on and ask my pen to dance—“Oh No Freestyle,” featuring Pakman, Tim Westwood BBC Radio Show

Now watch me rip the tat from your arm/Kick you in the groin, stick you for your Vanguard award/In front of your mom your 1st, 2nd and 3rd born/Make your wife get on the horn call Minister Farrakhan—“Second Round K.O.” (LL Cool J Diss) Can-I-Bus (1998)

Mind Control opens with the Mark Sparks-produced track "33 3's." Inspired by Jay Z's Reasonable Doubt song "22 2's," Canibus takes the same approach, but decides to up the ante by delivering 33 bars while implementing the number three into every line. "On 3:33 on March 3 / It came to me like God's word / I started to load my 33 caliber Mauseburg / Went to the top of the Empire State on 33rd / 33 gunshots were heard / 33 pedestrians lay wounded and dead on the curb," he raps. Spinning a riveting crime tale, we're not sure if Hov's own sequel, "44 4's" was inspired by Canibus, but it's a theory interesting enough to be mentioned.

His scathing salvo, "Second Round K.O.," may have stamped itself as one of the most impressive diss songs in rap, but his debut album, Can-I-Bus, garnered disappointing sales and was considered a flop, sending the rapper into relative obscurity.

After being discharged from the army, Canibus released his sixth studio album, Mind Control, on June 21, 2005. The collection featured a hogepodge of material recorded years prior and was maligned across the board. But contrary to dismal reviews, the album has aged quite well and seems to have gotten a bad rap.

“Canibus Man”

During his prime, Canibus was regarded as one of the elite lyricists in all of rap. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, after moving to the U.S., he caught his big break following a cipher with members of the Wu-Tang Clan in Buffalo, New York, but split shortly after, leaving Canibus a solo artist and also one of the hottest up-and-comers in rap. A barrage of guest appearances on records with the likes of Lost Boyz, LL Cool J ("4, 3, 2, 1") and others raised his stock to a fever pitch, culminating in a battle with Uncle L himself.

With that in mind, we've handpicked the best five tracks from Canibus' often forgotten LP. What were your favorite songs from the album? Tell us in the comments below.

Canibus raps on the aggressive salvo, "Canibus Man," which cooks up a pulverizing track dominated by steady drum kicks, snares, and electric-guitar riffs. The rapper rips it to shreds – lyrically – with his relentless stream of quotables while coming at the neck of all possible contenders with an 100-bar challenge. Canibus gets especially vivid on the third verse. Overall, the song displays why he was considered an elite lyricist by many of his peers during his prime.

Untalented beatsmiths catch a few shots on the comical "Stupid Producers." Fed up with inept producers, 'Bus dedicates a cut to reenact a typical interaction in which he goes through hell and high water just to get some tracks. Featuring a chipmunk-voiced boardsman giving Canibus the run-around and his bars of frustration, the song is dope conceptually and executed flawlessly, making it an album highlight that avoids the stamp of a novelty record.

List of the best Canibus songs, ranked by fans like you. This list includes every Canibus single, but true fans know there are other great songs to vote on besides the radio hits. Music videos and audio videos are included next to each song name, so if you haven’t heard it you can listen to it right here on this page. Is one of your favorite Canibus songs missing from this poll? Add it to the list so it has a chance to rise to the top.

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This is a list that includes songs like 4, 3, 2, 1 and Niggonometry. If the order of this list bothers you, then stick it to the man by creating your own version and re-ranking it. Simply click the “Rerank List” button and you can put the songs in whatever order you like.