Rip the Jacker
our score: 4.5 out of 5.0
So, what does
a philisophical rapper do when he can't sell records anymore?
Well, put an experimental concept album out, of course! Canibus'
5th LP, Rip the Jacker is full of deep and intelligent
rhymes, backed with beats far out of this world. He pushes all
of his nay-sayers into the dust with this stellar LP, which could
possibly be the best rap album to come out this year. Fans of
Black Star and Common, rejoice. But if you've got 50 Cent in your
disc changer, you better back away.
had a rough rap career. Once very hyped in the game, due to a
poor first album, he never sold a lot of records despite lots
of commercial backing. He's been in a lot of lyrical battles with
other rappers; LL Cool J and Wyclef to name a few. One of the
good things about this album is that he has finally found the
great beats to accompany his deep lyrics. Stoupe the Enemy of
Mankind produced the album, and the production is flawless. Every
song is uniquely crafted in its own way, and even upon the first
listen, is very distinguished and creative. But like every Canibus
album, what separates it from the rest is his lyricism. Its smooth,
it flows well, and it actually means something.
album has a dark feel to it, like his others. It pulls you in
from the start and doesn't let go. It's definitely his best work
to date, and his most mature by far. In the liner notes of the
CD, he quotes arrogantly, "I wish every MC I have had the
pleasure of crushing on the mic the best. The history of my work
will remain. Therefore, I am and always will be." At least
we know that what he is saying is true. This album seems to be
a part of his evolution to becoming the best rapper in the game.
liked Rip the Jacker...
5. No Return
8. Showtime at the Gallow
9. Psych Evaluation
11. Poet Laureate II