Wyclef Jean has returned with a new single titled “Letter To Canibus” featuring — that’s right — Canibus. Despite their tumultuous history, the two MCs have evidently made peace.
Their contentious relationship stretches back over two decades, when Canibus was signed to Clef’s Refugee imprint. Clef was enlisted to produce Canibus’ debut album, 1998’s Can-I-Bus, and when it failed to do well, Canibus blamed Clef.
At the time, Canibus was also feuding with LL Cool J. The beef was sparked by one of Canibus’ lines on LL’s 1997 single “4, 3, 2, 1.”
During a 2017 episode of Drink Champs, LL told his side of the story, which brought up old wounds for Clef. A week after LL’s appearance, Clef showed up for an episode of Drink Champs and recounted his version in an attempt to set the record straight.
In the beginning of “Letter To Canibus,” the former Fugee admits he’s been thinking about it ever since the Drink Champs episodes. Throughout the track, Canibus and Clef swap verses about how they felt about the whole situation.
Clef teased the single with an Instagram video posted on Thursday (August 16).
“Everybody wanna know whatever happened between me and Canibus…well her it goes,” he wrote in the caption. “This one is strictly for the culture.”
Everybody wanna know whatever happened between me and Canibus …. well here it goes. This one is strictly for the culture ?? Letter to Canibus with me and #Canibus featuring #Phern @youngphiphi link in bio !! @kotdtv @mtvwildnout @urltv @smackwhite @realsway @zipemup_kshinp @dnagtfoh @Daylyt2k @hitmanholla @goodzdaanimal @cortez_bodega @iamloadedlux @murdamookez @iamkinglos @therealheadice @math.hoffa @Arsonal103 @Dizaster @IronSolomon @seriusjones @donlennonlom @cassidy_larsiny @conceitednyc @therealcharlieclips @therealtayroc @genius @hotnewhiphop @worldstar @rapradar @rapup @rapcaviar @2mabasa @kidcapri101 @djkhaled @canibus_collection
The track serves as the first single from Clef’s upcoming mixtape, Wyclef Goes Back To School, which is expected to arrive on September 6. The release coincides with a live performance at Sony Hall in New York City that evening.
Cop tickets to the event here and listen to “Letter To Canibus” above.