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Canibus – Lyrical Law Deluxe LP Review


So…my review for this album maybe 12 years too late, however, I decided to do this review on Canibus’ Lyrical Law, three disc LP. I will be reviewing it, disc by disc.


So we have the first disc, which includes tracks such as ‘Cypher of Five Mics’, ‘The Golden Cypher’, ‘The Art of Yo’, and ‘Lyrical Noir’ It features excellent production, and probably the best produced Canibus album since his ‘Rip The Jacker’ album from 2003. This part of the album also features legends such as K-Solo, Chino XL, Copywrite, Planet Asia, Born Sun, whom would become a frequent collaborator, Heltah Skeltah, K-Rino, and Wu-Tang Affiliate and Sunz of Man member, Killah Priest. My favorite track from this disc is ‘The Cypher of Agartha’, as Canibus just comes in at the last verse, and just kills it. I give this disc a 10/10 Mics.


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Next, we have disc two of Lyrical Law, which mainly consists of remixed tracks from ‘Bis previous album, Melatonin Magik, such as the title track, ‘Dragon of Judah’, ‘Gold and Bronze Magik’, ‘Ripperland’, and ‘Dead by Design’. The rest are tracks from disc 1 that have been “extended” by adding an extra verse from rappers from Reverse Polarity Studios, which was the label Canibus was signed under. We also have a couple of new tracks that were not too good for me to believe it was Canibus, with the exception of one which saved this disc for me, which was ‘The Spitboss Cypher’. This disc of the album featured newer artists from Reverse Polarity, such as Chopp Devize, Flawless the MC, Skarlit Rose, Pilot Rai, Mark Deez, and Passionate MC. ‘The Spitboss Cypher’ was the best on this tracklist, for its beat and the artists featured, and I enjoyed Pilot Rai’s verse on ‘The Golden Cypher (Extended)’. I would give this one a 5/10 Mics.


Finally, we have disc three of Lyrical Law, which contains tracks which were recorded in 1993-95, with Canibus’ former duo known as T.H.E.M with Webb MC. Here, we get to see tracks like ‘Lyrical Warfare’, ‘Vocab’, and ‘Sprite Commercial’. Despite the quality, the tracks contain great production and lyrical content from Canibus himself. I would give this one a 8/10 Mics.


Overall, this album gets 4.5/5 Mics. I enjoyed the concept of all the tracks being cyphers/freestyle battles. This album for me seemed more like a sequel to Canibus previous album, ‘Melatonin Magik’. I would highly recommend this album to newer Canibus listeners.

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