BUSTA RHYMES FT KENDERICK LAMAR
Trevor George Smith Jr.(born May 20, 1972), better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American rapper, musician, singer, record producer, record executive, and actor. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the moniker Busta Rhymes, after NFL and CFL wide receiver George "Buster" Rhymes. He has received 11 Grammy Award nominations for his work.
About.com included him on its list of the 50 Greatest MCs of Our Time (1987–2007), while Steve
Huey of AllMusic called him one of the best and most prolific rappers of the 1990s. In 2012, The Source placed him on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time. MTV has called him "one of hip-hop's greatest visual artists".
Busta Rhymes was an original member of Leaders of the New School. He later went on and founded the record label Conglomerate (initially Flipmode Entertainment) and production crew The Conglomerate (formerly Flipmode Squad). In November 2011, Busta Rhymes signed a deal with Cash
Money Records. On July 23, 2014, Busta Rhymes announced that he left Cash Money Records due to creative differences and was no longer on Republic.
He has released nine studio albums, with the first being the 1996 platinum-selling album The Coming. His list of hit singles include "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check", "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See", "Dangerous", "Turn It Up" (Remix)/"Fire It Up", "Gimme Some More", "What's It Gonna Be?", "Pass the Courvoisier, Part II", "I Know What You Want" and "Touch It".
"Busta ain't never disappointed me as 22 year old fan of hip hop I can only imagine how great it must of been for the older generation who have grown up with him." JOHN
"This Was A Incredible Blessing From The Gods Peace To Busta Rhymes & The God Mc Himself Rakim Straight masterpiece Imagine If Nas Was On This Or Is It A Remix With Nassir On It? #MReck Just Salutes"
His Best Album Yet. Busta Rhymes Out Does Himself With ELE2.
‘Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath Of God’. Arriving in the midst of a global pandemic in an age where racial tensions are high following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the sequel to 1998’s mega-apocalyptic ‘Extinction Level Event: The Final World Front’ makes the end of the world seem more real than ever before.
Opening with the paramount ‘E.L.E. 2 Intro’, Busta reminds, us over a heart pounding bassline and a bed of crying strings, why he’s still here after 30 years (“I continue to give you that food”) before the backdrop blends into the familiar sound of Nas’ ‘The World Is Yours’. He follows it up with the Swizz Beatz-produced ‘The Purge’, with which he delivers a warning shot to the powers that be, warning that if things don’t change, anarchy might ensue in the streets.
Busta sits in the pocket with precision on the shimmering ‘Don’t Go’, alongside longtime friend and collaborator Q-Tip; and on ‘Freedom?’ he turns activist, addressing racist killings and police brutality. “Look all the shit my people been through/ Think I don’t want my kids to live too?/ Can’t imagine them parents copin’/ In they arms with a breathless body they holdin’,” Busta raps, before pointing to the inception of his newfound responsibility: “Snoop Dogg and others told me to accept my calling.”
Its not just Busta’s intricate rhyme schemes and timely subject matters that grabs your attention: the neck-snapping beats and otherworldly sonics – led by producer Nottz, for the most part – contribute to arguably one of the best produced hip-hop albums of the last five years.
Not that this album with is without its flaws. Busta misses the opportunity to fully utilise the individualistic talents of Anderson .Paak on ‘YUUUU’, settling instead for a jet-lagged moment that lacks colour and imagination. ‘The Don & The Boss’ leans a little too much on repetition, and although the Mariah Carey feature ‘Where I Belong’ is a sequel-of-sorts to the pair’s 2003 smash ‘I Know What You Want’, they struggle to match its predecessor.
But these are just three tracks on an otherwise near-perfect album. It’s bursting at the seams with ferocious drum patterns, inventive samples – the Kendrick Lamar featured ‘Look Over Your Shoulder’ borrows from The Jackson 5’s ‘I’ll Be There’ – dazzling wordplay and an all-star cast only Busta could assemble (Rick Ross, Chris Rock, Rakim, to name a few). ‘ELE 2’ finds Busta Rhymes reseated at hip-hop’s top table – until the world comes to an end, of course.