While Canibus has received acclaim on the internet
and praise from die-hard fans, those accolades have not necessarily translated
into offline success as well. Nevertheless, the reclusive rappers said that
he has all he needs to fuel his steadfast march forward, which started with
Mic Club: The Curriculum.
"Fan support and internet reviews make it all
worth while. I feel Mic Club was a testament to hip hop and feedback
from the bottom up somewhat reflected that," he said.
"On an independent level, word of mouth and passionate
fans are what it is about, and I am very thankful and appreciative to have experienced
that with this LP."
While his set only garnered 2.5 mics of 5 in
The Source, he said that it wasn't a concern of his, acknowledging the lyric-heavy,
alternative nature of his music.
"As for The Source, it is an opinion and
probably a fair one in a more commercial element of hip-hop," Canibus continued.
"The Curriculum does not fall into that category in my eyes. We
are all content with overall feedback," he said.
"As for the rating, it would be an issue if that's
how each person who copped [the album] felt, b
ut it seems that the rating was
more about Canibus than Mic Club. Mic Club speaks for itself."
Not resting, Canibus said that he has already
prepared for the summer with more of his brand of heat and it will offer much
of what listeners have grown accustomed to.
"The next official worldwide release will be
Rip The Jacker Meets The Enemy of Mankind dropping summer 2003 on Babygrande
distributed through Koch, he said.
"It's an album lyrically potent and is produced
by Stoupe of Jedi Mind Tricks. The single should drop Spring '03 and additional
information will be available at Babygrande.com, Micclub.net and MP3.com/Canibus