Eminem vs Canibus

Among all the persons who were opposed to Eminem, Canibus can be considered more than a rap battle rival than a real enemy. There is much more lyrical rivalry between both men than real bad feelings against each others.
Where did the rivalry between Eminem and Canibus start ?

Canibus appeared on the rap scene in 1997 and he managed to impress people with his lyrics until Eminem was signed by Dr Dre in 1998 and became very successful. Both had to prove their level of skills, so both parts were in competition.
There is a reference to Canibus in the Slim Shady LP in the song ‘ Role Model ‘ :
” I’m cancerous, so when I diss you wouldn’t wanna answer this
If you responded back with a battle rap you wrote for Canibus…’

Some people interpreted those lines as a diss from Eminem towards Canibus. It was interpreted as if Eminem meant that Canibus doesn’t write his own texts.
When Eminem had just released the Slim Shady LP, he was invited at the Tim Westwood show with his fellows from D12 (who were unknown at this time). During the show, Eminem and his fellows were asked to freestyle.

Eminem started:

‘Can U Bus? no You Cant! But i’m Slim Shady and I’m the Man’.

Then Proof went on:

‘I found out where Canibus’ money went! I borrowed a dollar from Wyclef. ”

It is known that Canibus rapped this way live in front of his audience:

‘I’m tired of all these wack Niggaz and wack Wiggaz, with wack lyrics!
Bring that shit to the rap olympics.’

Canibus wrote a track called ‘U Didn’t Care’ that was all about Stan. It was meant that Eminem didn’t care about Stan’s death. In his song, Stan doesn’t die. He has been saved in extremis and talks to Eminem. He appears now as an MC who collaborates with another rapper.
The subject matter of the song is original.
Canibus, who has been renamed by Eminem ‘Canabitch’ also appears in the song ‘Square Dance’ from the Eminem Show:

‘I’ll be brief and let me just keep shit simple, can-a-bitch don’t want no beef
with Slim? Noooo!
Not even on my radar, so won’t you please jump off my dick, lay off and stay off
and follow me as I put these crayons to chaos from s’ance to s’ance,
aw-a-aw-sh-a-aw’

At Eminem’s birthday party, Proof took his friend to his favorite club and made him believe that his rival Canibus was waiting to battle him:
Eminem was ready to shoot his words at him when Proof revealed him that ‘Canibus’ was just a lookalike.
Eminem dissed Canibus lately on his undeground EP ‘Straight Out The Lab’ in a track called ‘Canabitch’.

It has been rumored that both men had battled each other on stage, but both of them have demented it. I was wondering how a Canibus/ Eminem battle on stage would look like.
It might be the ‘battle of the century’, but the victory already belongs to the ‘best battle MC’. No doubt Eminem would win this battle.

Can-A-Bitch:

Intro:
(little girl)
I, I wanna grow up toon
Poppa Marshall, will you tell us a bed time story?

(Eminem)
Heeere we gooo
Now once upon a time not long ago
There was a little rapper about to blow
But his album came and it was not good
I think it went letter double pop a wood
So the silly little fans they were mislead
By a nerdy internet computer hip-hop head

“Me and you clef we’re gonna make some cash
Grab the silver paint and let’s paint my ass”

Hey mister, would ya get a bear wa nista?
The ass-whippin I’m about to add minister
To this ass-kissin little vagnal blista
Stan-abis, little Marshall Mathers sista
Annanis, corner, we have a mister
Not havin it it’s the machinista
Dr. Evil with his bag of tricks for
This little antagonist bag of dick-suckin
Ex LL Cool Jay fan from Windsor
I’m bout to murder little guinea fag Anista
You bastard, I ain’t wanna have to diss ya
Canabis, where the fuck you at I miss ya

Can-a-bitch oh can-a-bitch where for art thou can-a-bitch?
Please tell me what happened with that style that you were rappin with?
Can-a-bitch oh can-a-bitch are you from Los Angeles
New York or just a janitor from Canada? Oh Can-a-bitch

Now at first I ain’t really understand this shit
Picture me for a second and imagine it
Chillin in a bat man chair an relaxin
When all a sudden some bullshit comes across the scanner
It’s ‘Can-a-bitch’ or some Stan lives shit
They creep me out at first man this is sick
But me being just a sick as conflict gets my dick harder than arithmetic
And I know how you jealous ones envy
I shoulda knew better from the first few letters you sent me
The first two letters you were
Tellin me shit like you respect me like any other regular MC
The third letter you ask
How come I ain’t return none of the messages at Shady Records you left me?
The fourth Letter “Slim you really startin to upset me”
The fifth letter told me you were comin to get me
The sixth letter there’s a bomb threat in our building
This crazy mother fucker’s really tryin to kill me
So I went back and read the first few letters
That said some shit about a message you left
Oh shit that’s not an “e” that’s an “a”
This dude wants to leave me a massage he’s gay
Right away I’m on the phone with Dr. Dre
We got a bogey “Marshall I’m on the way”

Can-a-bitch oh can-a-bitch where for art thou can-a-bitch?
Please tell me what happened with that style that you were rappin with?
Can-a-bitch oh can-a-bitch are you from Los Angeles
New York or just a janitor from Canada? Oh Can-a-bitch

So in two seconds flat Dre’s at my crib
Only thing is we both know where this kid lives
And neither one of us have Canadian citizenship
Shit oh Dre wait a mintue that’s it
All we gotta do is use a bit of turbo boost
We can fly over the border “Let’s go whoosh”
So we’re off to Toronto and we’re gainin speed
*Pfftt Arghh* What was that? Oh Jermaine Dupre fuck It
Keep goin no time to waste
Wait backup hit him one more time in case (Okay)
Fuck now he’s draggin under the car
Oh well only 30 more thousand miles
Meanwhile me and Dre are tryin to conversate
Just tryin to find a reason for the constant hatin
And tryin to figure out what happened to Jermaine propaine
“He couldn’t have fell of that hard” ain’t no way

“What happened to the way you was rappin,
When you was scandalous then Canabis turned into a television evangelist?”

Plus he raps with his regular voice
*Pft, pft, pft, pft* “What was that?” (Pet Shop Boys)
So we pull up to the bridge where he last was spotted
His corpse was still movin but his ass was rotted
He kind of smelled a little like Courtney Love
I figured if I stick him with a fork he’s done
So I stapped him twice kept jabbin christ
He won’t die this guy’s like a battered wife
He’s like Kim he keeps comin back for more
But he won’t fight back I cracked his jaw
Hold up Bis quit foldin up
Punch me in the chest make my shoulders touch
Do somethin at least one punch line
C’mon till the meter reads 9-9-9-tey-nine percent of my fans are blonde
Bis c’mon answer me man respond
Tell me bout the sun, rain, moon and stars
Intergalatic or metaphors from Mars
Raw to the floor raw like Resovoir dogs
Bite another line from Red Man’s song
Suddenly the stub of a dead man’s arm from a midget
Reaches out from under the car
It’s JD, this motherfucker won’t die neither
Dre starts sprayin him with cans of Ether *Sshhhh*
We stomped the bitch and then stopmed the bitch again
(Compton) Detroit Bitch talk some shit again
Stomp him (switch feet)
Stomp him (switch again)
Dre alright he’s dead dawg quit kickin him
I think Stan-abis jumped off the bridge again (Arghhhhhh…..Damn!)
He disappeared yo he’s gone he did it again

[Chorus]

U Didn’t Care Lyrics

[Chorus]
You.. didn’t, care about me
And now this is how it has to be
I was lost, but now I am free
I’m happy cuz I found a family

[Verse 1]
Whattup Em’, it’s ya biggest fan
It’s not even necessary to introduce who I am
by now, cuz we’re good friends
Remember the letter I wrote, before Atlanta on Up In Smoke
That’s the day I was gonna cut ya throat
I guess my watch was broke — cuz by the time I woke
I seen my watch was twelve hours late and I missed the show
But none the less I’m glad that I finally reached you
Ever since the accident I’ve been dying to speak to you
To tell you things have changed, and I’m a different man
A different level of understanding, I’m a different Stan
Things are a lot better, I promise I won’t harrass you with any letters
Saying shit like “We should be together”
I may reach and start a group
The industry’s full of homosexuals Slim, but I don’t wanna fuck you
I got a new attitude, really, I ain’t mad at you
I just wanted you to recognize I got talent too

[Chorus]

[Verse 2]
When I say talented, I don’t mean battle kid
I mean storytellin, kinda like how ya album is
I been attendin counselin and takin medicine
They did some tests on me at NIH in Maryland
They showed me techniques to help me pressure
whenever I remember that crazy night when I was being reckless
Drivin with a deathwish, on the bridge and I crashed into a Lexus
Right before I finished that last sentence
I was listenin to Xzibit’s album “Restless”
The next thing I knew I was under water and breathless
I was unconscious for a second, literally dying to go to heaven
till some fellas came and pulled me from the wreckage
They started CPR, then they called the paramedics
In retrospect I probably shoulda used a gun to end it
By the time the car sunk
My pregnant girlfriend was still in the trunk
and I was still feelin kinda drunk
The ambulance came and they put me on the stretcher
Hooked me up to the IV and checked my blood pressure
One of them was so concerned that they wouldn’t leave
He hopped in the back of the ambulance and rolled up some weed
My vision was blurry, I couldn’t really see
I just remember his voice talking to me
In the emergency room, I needed surgery to get some glass removed
and fifty stitches for my wooze

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
After a couple months of therapy,
I figured I was as ready as I’d ever be – I wanted to be an emcee
He took me to shows wit him, he let me flow wit him
He let me write some rhymes and go on tour wit him
I really believed in him, I decided to team wit him
And now I’m overseas wit him, gettin cheese wit him
And I’m emceein wit him, I’m havin the best time of my life
And I’m writin the best rhymes of my life
He introduces me to people as his lyrical equal
Let me write a rhyme on his album and even produce a beat too
He ain’t see-through, I can’t see him frontin
He’s not the type to call you, just because he needs somethin
That’s what I like about him,
I wouldn’t want to rock a mic without him
He’s got kahunas and he’s not a coward
Matta fact, I think he met you
It was the day you came to his video shoot with DJ, Jimmy’s nephew
‘Clef stepped to him and told him he should step to you
That you was ghost writin for L, but that wasn’t true
You was lookin at him the same way I’m lookin at you
Why can’t we be friends Em’, I don’t want nothin from you
You see there’s a little bit of Stan in all of us
Tell me where you think all of these record sales sparred from
Talkin ’bout Britney and Christina Aguilera
Nsync too, have you ever looked in a mirror?
Your hair ain’t really blonde, and ya eyes ain’t blue
So never diss me, cuz when you diss me your dissin you..

See.. See what happens when you don’t care

[Chorus]

38 thoughts on “Eminem vs Canibus”

  1. I used to be a huge fan of eminem, but saying “No doubt Eminem would win this battle” is ignorant. I’ve listened to both canibus and eminems music and I have to say hands down canibus is much better writer and would crush eminem in a battle. Listen to 2nd round knockout… he destroys LL cool j and he would destroy eminem too. Eminem is decent but incredibly overrated while canibus is grossly underrated and is one of the top emcees out there.

  2. Look for Canibus’ Father Author Poor Pauper, Patriot, Lost@C, Poet Lauretate I&II..then, after you listen to that…go listen to ANY song from Bis. Anyone…and I’ll say it again…ANYONE who says Canibus can’t battle with Em NEVER heard Canibus rhyme or are one of those beat hounds that dont hear lyrics, only beats. Cuz honestly…you gotta either be Eminem’s wife or plain crazy to even begin to compare the 2. It’s insulting. I like Eminem as a rapper, but I know where to draw the line. He’s good, but nowhere near Bis’ level. Oh, before you listen to Canibus, keep a dictionary right beside you, cuz ur going to need it.

  3. It is apparent that in today’s society with many socially constructed ideals, Canibus would not fair well against the dominant blue eyed wordslayer. It could also be noted that Em calls out Canibus where you at? Well alternatively it could be questioned where is slim shady. Every artist has their day and has their day it is over. Lyrically Canibus says he rhymes about topics that typical mc’s dont. Em’s lyrics has a facetious tone. Do you listen to Em’s lyrics … he is not gangsta.

    They both have the ability to contort verses and manipulate rap fans. Who is better then who? Isnt that what hip hop is about? How would bis do against KRS1, Kool G Rap, Nas, lil’ wayne or new comers like Termanology or corey gunz and many conscious minded mc’s like immortal technique so on and on and then imagine either one of them battling rap urban legends as melle mel or supernatural….vice versa Eminem? It is something that will be questioned for years to come with no definitive answer. The real question might be will rap survive the irony of hip hop vs gangsta…you decide!

  4. hahaha eminem vs canibus thats fuckin dumb canibus would tear eminem apart canibus has to be one of the top lyricist out there now ill give it too eminem is a good rapper but he is no where close to canibus lyrical talent eminem prolly wouidn’t even realize canibus is dissin him if they battled cause canibus would use too many big words an eminem would prolly get confused haha

  5. In all honesty, being a fellow MC.. the comparison of who the superior battle rapper actually is.. well its questionable.

    Canibus is indeed a phenomenal battle rapper who often manipulates complex word/syllable combos, but so is Eminem. Anyone who has listened to ALL of Eminems music (infinite, Slim Shady EP, etc..) knows that Eminem is capable of using multi-syllable wordplay (big words) in his verses as well.
    The question of who the superior hip-hop artist is would have to go to eminem. He is more versatile with his word play and flow. Canibus is versatile as well, but he has used the same flow pattern for the past 10 years.. he also lacks the ability to write a decent hook.

    So to answer the question… it would be close, but Canibus would probably beat Eminem in a freestyle battle.
    However eminem is the superior hip-hop artist.

  6. honestly, both of these emcees would destroy anybody out there to begin with. both canibus and eminem have superior lyrical capabilities to stand victorious against virtually anyone they battle. i believe performers like lil wayne wouldn’t stand a chance against these two. i really do not believe one is better than the other. they are both geniuses in their own ways lyrically. although it would be interesting to see both men do a collaboration together, now that would be explosive.

  7. Eminem and Canibus are both Talented Rappers. But this would go too eminem.
    EM can do what canibus in his rhymes just as good as bis does. there have been only few rappers who do what canibus does with his lyrics e.g. Rakim, Krs one and maybe nas. In a freestyle battle eminem would crucify canibus. canibus’s style would make it hard for him to make a good decent freestyle cos he would have to stick to his root’s and use his metaphoric style of rap which is hard to do of the top your head, EM’s freestyles are superior to all, nobody has ever done freestyle’s as good as him or at the same potential.

    in a full blown beef battle like Pac vs Biggie, EM would win.
    he never holds back in beefs, yeah 2nd round knockout was good against LL, but “The sauce”, “Nail In The Coffin” and “Quitter” are some of the most ruthless diss tracks ever, so i think EM would win on a count that he comes on full throttle and attacks hard. whilst canibus uses big words that really never seem to be pionted at his opponent, they just make the rap sound stronger and more versitile when there actually not.

    But EM can not only use big words and rhyme with metaphors and syllables he can use multple M’s & S’s with in one bar, whilst making it sound superior to anyone who attempts to battle him.

    plus the fact Em doesnt NEVER need’s to make LOAD’S of diss track’s he just says what eh wants to say in 2 songs and then leaves the opponent to keep making track because EM crammed so many disses into one song, which in a result is too much for his opponent to cram responses into one song.

    Eminem is the superior lyricist between the two because he can use different styles in his lyrics whilst canibus only has one style that HE can do.
    Eminem vs Cannibitch (oops!!! i mean Canibus) = EM being the winner.
    even though canibus is a good lyricist none the less, EM would win Hands down PERIOD, NO QUESTION.

    n if you dont agree then you are a moron who needs to learn his/her rap music.

  8. Kid Valor, how old are you? 12? I’m guessing you’ve never heard Canibus freestyle? Let me let you in on a lil secret, Bis freestyles just as he does when he writes with complexity. I am not biased, Eminem is more versatile than Canibus. As a lyricist, Canibus owns many with words and word contruction.

    This is where opinion and taste comes in to play. Canibus has always had deeper subject matter than Em, and this is the reason I like him. Bis has touched on topics as AIDS, conspiracies, race, violence, relationships…and to an entire degree. Not just a few bars…he has made entire songs about human betterment…which I am yet to see Em do. There is a song entitled C Of Tranquility by Canibus. It’s coming off his next album, entitled the same and there is an EP version of that song on youtube. You can find it with a simple youtube search. Listen to that song and tell me, lyrically who is superior!

    The only problem I know you would have is understanding what Bis is talking about. I’m not calling you dumb, because, once you study it a bit, do a little research, you can piece together what he is saying. The topic is very different, dealing with ascension, human nature and things that are supposed to happen in the year 2012. But, the way he crafts these words is unbelievable. He has a song entitled Poet Laureate Infinity. The entire song is 1000 bars, 50 minutes long and are divided into 5 200 bar verses. Each verses rhyme scheme is alike, allowing anyone to mix all five verses in thousands of ways and still make sense of it, hence the title, Infinity. To this date, there are over 1000 mixes of that song, totaling playing time of over 5 days of straight lyrics. That, by it self is genius. The topics of the song range from human kind’s past, to present, to future. Personal taste will come in, where someone prefers this to some lollipop music etc. It all comes down to pure preference now, because, some people just do not like to listen to knowledge for that long a period, especially if you are lacking the references and have to think deeply about what is being said. But, to deny that what Bis is doing takes great skill, even surpassing what Em has ever done in his own career is ludicrous.

    I have seen Em battle on Rap Olympics, Scribble Jam, in The Booth…and many times, he has recited entire freestyles. I can speak on Em with assurity, because, at a point in time, Em was my favourite rapper…but that time has come and gone. Em is definitely a more well-rounded individual, but as a lyricist and poet, Canibus is better. That is no opinion, if you listen to both extensively as I and many have, you too will begin to realize this as fact, once you are capable of not lying to yourself.

  9. TO EVEN THINK EM IS CAPABLE IS TOO FUNNY … canibus has mastered the art of rhyming man. one thing that makes canibus the truth is that canibus never changed his style intentions and motives as a rapper for example b4 em was signed and made it to the game em was the shit he was killin all of em lyrics were crazy and on point buuuuttttttttttt like other rappers he fell int what i call the system where (its obvious now) he has changed his style and does music that the crowd wants to listen and not really doin what he was known for… simply hes making stupid music following the formula… Canibus on the other hand didn’t do that he maintained and didn’t let the industry try to revent him hes original … “the bars were below basic i had to raise it” hes doin his craft jus like how weezy does his buh canibus maintained his consistency and agenda N one more thing if you dun knoe by now cassidy and em sed at one time they listened and looked up to canibus. cass and em the two best in the game sed dat what more can i say? canibus is honestly in his own league and ahead of his time .. IF UR READIN DIS CANIBUS I SWEAR ONE DAY THE MEDIA WILL FINALLY REALIZE UR SKILLS N CONTRIBUTION N ONE DAY IN THE FUTURE WHEN PPL FINALLY HAVE A BRAIN THEY WILL SEE THE REAL LYRICSTS OF ALL TIME… KEEP YA HEAD UP MHIN KEEP DOIN U… CUZ ALL THE GREATS WERE NOT KNOWN AND APPREACIATED AND EVEN LOOKED AT AS FOOLS TILL THE FUTURE LOL THEY WILL FIND YOUR RYHMES IN THE ARCHIVES AT THE GALATIC LIBARY!!! YA DIG CANIBUS ALLL DAY EZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  10. yo 2 b honest i have 2 go wit em b cuz he s music i can relate 2 da most plus he is a grat lyracist and he a poetic genius i have 2 say em was better when he started

  11. I like both guys,but in a battle I have to go with Canibus.The thing that carried Eminem is that he had a gimmick going.He was coached by Dr.Dre.As far as rhyming is concern, Eminem’s style is nice, but his flow allows him to say next to nothing and people would be blown away,just on how he phrases words and how his rhyme scheme was crafted.I think that if Canibus had the doc in his corner he would have had a better career than what he had.I still listen to Canibus.Hes much more than a battle rapper to me .I say Eminem has more style than Canibus but as far as raw lyrics are concern,Canibus has Eminem hands down.The battle goes to Canibus.Sorry Eminem!

  12. canibus spits what most other mc’s fantasize about,his peerless eloquence,unpretentious intracate simplicity and razor sharp mind seperates him above all in the hip hop spectrum!!!! him vs em cum on thats like a war btween dragons and maggots,em will most definetely loose

  13. look man. they are both lyrical geniuses. eminem when he started, honestly he would shit all over canibus. his lyrics were just untouchable. eminem made it big by battling though and it would be a close battle but i gotta give it to em. if you think differently listen to the albums infinite, marshall mathers lp, slim shady lp, and the 8mile soundtrack. his lyrics just can’t be touched.

  14. It is hard to say that Eminem would win a battle against Canibus with no contest, Canibus can rap for 12 minutes straight, as seen on this video here..
    and has serious lyrical style..

  15. they are both good but not the best! immortal technique, jus allah,vinnie paz , eyedea and more from the underground would fuck em or bus in a rap battle. all the other mainstream rappers who think they can rap are gay motherfuckers! this wannabe gangster garbage: 50cent, lil wayne, pdaddy,dr dre,ice cube,dmx,xzibit and the rest of the trash prayers!
    altough i would say eminem vs canibus = canibus winner! because his lyrics are more complex and higher leveld than em´s.
    i am sry for my bad ass english!

  16. canibus is jst doper than eminem, so il gve this one 2 canibus, but id luv 2 c him battling it out against the beast *vinnie paz* of jedi mind tricks hes ma favorite.

  17. AYo !! Hold on Hold on….y u guyz r fighting wid each other…lmfao…I’m laughing at ya all ass…..!!!….. DSL’s……What the fuck is this..uhh…??…..Let me tell ya all that Every EMCEES OWNS their own STYLE n 1 style cannot be compared with another..this is because 1. rapper may be tallent in putting good syllable pattern n another may owns good style like snoop dogg/* Big daddy kane..n like wize Canibus also got skill on keepin more complexity..but that work also can be done by EMINEM TOO…coz he’s DOPE man !!! Have ya all heard all his songs and freestyle….almost 99% of his songs owns Disses to certain artists that may be Singer or an Actor but to be true n Honest BOTH OF THE EMCEES ARE BETTER IN THEIR OWN PLACE….no.1 is greater then anyone they all are equal……and bout 50/* Lil wayne we cannot say them whack coz as a INDUSTRIALIST RAPPERS they can entertain their FANS n LISTENERS….so no h8….these all is being said by me coz i have listened most of the songs and freestyle by many other rappers….so its not up to us foe gud JUDGEMENT….

    Example:—

    !!~ Warrior stepped up to “RAISE-UP-HIGH” in the “SKY” ~!!
    !!~ coz listeners “PRAISE-me-UP” so i “SIMPLIFY” /*-SIMPLY-FLY-*/ ~!!

  18. yah yah yah CAN-I-BUS iz indeed da real deal, remember guys emceeing is not about making hits and dow, its about being real giving something to da listeners to diggest n think about for a while and thats what canubus does. listen to tracks like NIGGERNOMETRY, 100 BARS, LAYERED PRAYER then tell me which of Eminem’s tracks can you proudly put online with them????????? yah i know ull probably say UNDERGOUND bt which other one can u put?

  19. Are you kidding me? Lyrically Canibus is levels beyond Eminem. Don’t get me wrong I love Eminem but his strength is his flow. Canibus’ lyrics are not even comparable to Eminem’s.

  20. this is rap so i want to hear it and chill with my friends not sit with a dictionary in my hand and u can’t listen to canibus that much cuz u will get bored he’s one dimensional
    Em 4 life

  21. hey all of u calm down.as far as who is better generaly as an mc it is eminem.hip hop was never about just diss and battle.canibus is well known for his diss tracks .eminem is known for all of his tracks.every topic that eminem has tried to rap about becomes a great song.now as far as the freestyle battle i would say canibus would win but we don’t in which condition both mcs would be.freestyling is at a level how lucky u are and how will the words come in your mind so it could be eminem too

  22. eminem is garbage and his illuminati rap are bore, child like punk asss voice. he is cana bitch but not the kind of bicth em can fuck with. stinky dirty white fucking boy though i use to love but….. canibus is hear to rule for ever!!!!! fuck illuminati

  23. Agreed…cannibus has better lyrics than eminem ny day…he uses way more ‘galactical’ language….but rap is not about lyrics alone…em’s lyrics r way too morbid….in a fullfledged rap battle..em wud devour canibus lyk nythng…his comic style will bring cannibus to the gorund..his lyrics giv da shock treatment that no rapper wud wanna get..ever..PERIOD.

  24. Canibus will win Eminem in Rap ‘Battle’ Eminem will lose to Canibus’ lyrics
    but Eminem is superior in other aspects as you can see em’s musical achievement

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