The 10 Most Embarrassing Rap Battle Fails of All Time


Once upon a time, Canibus was one of the most feared battle rappers in the rap game. Thanks to his guest appearances on songs like the Lost Boyz’s “Beasts From The East,” Common’s “Making a Name for Ourselves,” and The Firm’s “Desparados” as well as his solo tracks like “Second Round KO,” ‘Bis was viewed as a beast on the microphone in the late 1990s. But, oh, how the mighty have fallen!

Over the weekend, Wyclef’s former protege was involved in a pay-per-view rap battle against fellow battle rapper Dizaster organized by King of the Dot, a Canadian hip-hop battling league. And, after stumbling out of the gates and falling behind in the battle, Canibus resorted to doing something that should never, ever be done during a war of words. He forgot the lines he’d pre-written for the battle, so he took out a notepad and starting rapping off of it. Then, he forfeited when the crowd (understandably!) began booing him relentlessly. And, for whatever reason, he was wearing a sling around his right arm when he did it. It was a sad moment for those of us who remember how great Canibus was back at the beginning of his career.

Fortunately—for Canibus, at least—this isn’t the worst rap battle fail we’ve ever seen. In fact, over the years we’ve seen way worse. From MCs getting into physical altercations in the middle of battles to rappers who have accidentally spit wack lines about themselves to one MC who actually peed on himself during a battle, we’ve put together a list of The 10 Worst Rap Battle Fails of All Time. It’s just too bad we have to add Canibus to this list now.—Chris Yuscavage