Canon takes his art seriously. The Reflection Music Group rapper and producer explains his mode of operation for success as an emcee on his new self-produced single “Fighters.”
The talented wordsmith, who has been covered by HipHopDX, Radio One, and Rapzilla, credits his lyrical stamina to his unmatched drive, rapping, “Better tell them I’m a fighter / Tell yo people’s I’m rider.”
He distinguishes himself as a rapper who prioritizes artistic integrity over fame. “They just want chains and a broad / Mess around and get paid / But wait up / Consider what the payment is later,” he raps over a cipher-ready, boom-bap beat.
“The only thing that can truly limit any fighter is the ring around him,” Canon says. “Fighters are always pushing their limitations, their styles, their opponents, and, in some cases, their agenda. I’m just doing my part.”
“Fighters” does not appear on an album. Canon’s last set, Loose Canon Vol. 3, debuted at #15 on Billboard’s Rap Albums chart in November. Canon is working on the his next album.
Canon first gained notoriety honing his chops as a hypeman for Lecrae, who later featured him on his Rehab: The Overdose project. In 2011, Canon signed to Derek Minor’s Reflection Music Group. A member of the 116 Clique, Canon released his debut mixtape, The Great Investment, in 2009. In 2012, he released the first volume of his Loose Canon mixtape series. The following year, he dropped his first official album, Mad Haven. He achieved a breakthrough in 2014 when his Loose Canon Vol. 2 mixtape reached Number 101 on the Billboard 200 chart. Loose Canon Vol. 3 was released in 2016. The artist who has also collaborated with KB and Andy Mineo, among others, had one of his freestyles featured on ESPN’s First Take and was nominated for a Kingdom Choice Award.