Station: Hot 97
DJ: DJ Clue
Best Punchline: “I'll fly your body out of Dallas/Perform plastic surgery while we're airborne then switch caskets/And lie to the masses/I'll tell 'em you got murdered over some East West beef between rappers/Radio stations then expresses they sadness/Play records back to back, while passing out stop the violence pamphlets.” (Canibus)


Believe it or not, before becoming a punchline for failed rap careers, Canibus was one of hip-hop's fiercest and most promising emcees. So when 'Bis appeared on DJ Clue's Hot 97 show in 2000, it was no surprise that Germaine Propane set the microphone ablaze alongside his protege, Journalist.

This legendary eight-minute freestyle broke many rewind buttons on tape decks (at least among those who were still using cassette players at the turn of the century). Bars like these were why 'Bis was being championed one of the greatest of all time:

“Assassins camouflaged in the grass blastin'/Leavin blood all over your lady like Jackie O'Nassis/I'll fly your body out of Dallas/Perform plastic surgery while we're airborne then switch caskets/And lie to the masses/I'll tell 'em you got murdered over some East West beef between rappers/Radio stations then expresses they sadness/Play records back to back, while passing out stop the violence pamphlets.”

This virtuoso performance had fans geeked for Canibus' sophomore album, but unfortunately for 'Bis, that second album was his second round K.O. 2000 B.C. flopped even harder than its predecessor, Can-I-Bus. Things didn't fare much better for Journalist, who not only had a bum name, but also got stuck as a weed carrier (sorry!) for the greatest emcee to never realize his full potential.

All jokes aside, though, Canibus murdered the airwaves and—for a few minutes—proved he was worth every bit of hype and acclaim.