Canibus is well known in the hip-hop world for his no-nonsense approach and hard-hitting rhymes, and on 2005's MIND CONTROL the New Jersey-based rapper delivers the goods once again. Spare, funky beats and wiry keyboard samples provide a perfect, occasionally ominous backdrop for Canibus's raw-throated flow, and whether on thumping anthems of self-aggrandizement ("Canibus Man") or on cuts featuring poppier, R&B-flavored hooks ("In the Rain"), Canibus's razor-sharp skills on the mic are undeniable. There was some speculation among fans that the work on MIND CONTROL was a stop-gap collection bringing together older Canibus recordings, and that the material wasn't quite up to the snuff of cutting-edge albums like 2000 B.C. and RIP THE JACKER. Yet Canibus's in-your-face style is enough to buoy nearly any track, making MIND CONTROL yet another slice of edgy, East Coast hip-hop from this talented M.C.
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