LL Cool J Steps Into The Lyrical Ring With Canibus

LL Cool J, who in the past has been embroiled in recorded feuds with rappers Kool Moe Dee and Ice-T, now finds himself in the middle of another one, this time with rising star Canibus.

It started during the recording of LL's recent single "4, 3, 2, 1" with Method Man, DMX, Redman, and originally Canibus. LL was apparently offended by the verse Canibus laid down, and then recorded a verse dissing Canibus and even recorded some versions of the single on which Canibus is replaced by Master P.

Canibus responded with a scathing attack on LL in "Second Round Knockout," a track whose video shows a black and blue Canibus training with boxer Mike Tyson.

Now, LL has answered back with "Return of the Ripper," which premiered on New York City radio Monday night. That song will appear on a limited edition compilation called "Survival of the Illest" which will only be available to buyers of the new DMX album "It's Dark And Hell Is Hot" due on May 19.