Busta Rhymes
Powerful Impact

bustablack1.jpgLet’s face it, hip-hop fans aren’t very loyal. With the hottest artists becoming punchlines overnight, it’s no wonder that only a handful of MCs make it past the decade mark with their career still intact. Busta Rhymes, who is arguably hip-hop’s most consistent presence ever, is one of the few artists who has managed to stay relevant throughout the last 16 years. But it’s been no small feat. Busta has remained popular to old and young alike by adapting the wild, boisterous essence of his style into a number of different faces. And with his latest, The Big Bang, hitting the pop charts at #1, he doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of stopping. XXLMAG.COM examines the unique sounds and styles of Bussa-Bus with some of his videos and songs that have had the most powerful impact. Boom!

Strong Island Busta

BUSTALONS.jpgWhen he wasn’t rocking florescent tracksuits or whipping his cherry Pathfinder through the streets of Uniondale, a teenaged Busta got his start as a studio rat for Public Enemy. He scrapped his original name, Chill-O-Ski, when Chuck D gave him his more appropriate moniker. His booming voice stood out so much among the Leaders of the New School’s light, sing-songy hits that he eventually had to break away from Charlie Brown and Dinco D. An argument between the group live on Yo! MTV Raps is largely credited as the moment that finally precipitated the group’s breakup.

Leaders of the New School “Mt. Airy Groove” (1990)

Leaders of The New School “P.T.A.” (1991)
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Leaders of the New School “Sobb Story” (1991)
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Leaders of the New School “International Zone Coaster” (1991) (Click Here For Video)
Leaders of the New School “Classic Material” (1993)
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Leaders of the New School “What’s Next” (1993)
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Native Son Busta

bustanative.jpgAfter breaking up with LONS, Busta started developing his own identity as an honorary member of the Native Tongues crew, who helped him develop his early solo material. Through it all, Busta has managed to retain his socially aware side, working with longtime collaborators like Jay Dee and Q-Tip on almost all of his albums.

A Tribe Called Quest feat. Busta “Oh My God” (1993)
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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Buckshot, Busta Rhymes, Coolio, Ill Al Skratch, Mike, Notorious B.I.G. & Redman “The Points” (1995)
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Busta Rhymes feat. Q-Tip “Ill Vibe” (1996)

Busta Rhymes feat. Erykah Badu “One” (1997)

The Fugees feat. A Tribe Called Quest, John Forte & Busta Rhymes “Rumble In The Jungle” (1997)
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Busta Rhymes “Turn Me Up Some” (Produced by Jay Dee) (2002)

Busta Rhymes feat. Q-Tip “You Can’t Hold The Torch” (2006)

Cameo King Busta

flava2.jpgBeginning with his roaring, star-turning spot on “Scenario,” Busta quickly became the most in-demand guest artist in hip-hop. While Ludacris gave him a run for his title in the early ’00s, the always-reliable Mr. Rhyme’s rapid-fire growl still stands out on any style of posse cut or an R&B remix.

A Tribe Called Quest feat. Leaders of the New School “Scenario” (1991)
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Craig Mack feat. The Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Rampage & Busta Rhymes “Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)” (1994)
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Boyz II Men feat. Treach, Craig Mack, Method Man & Busta “Vibin’ (Remix)” (1995)
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B-Real feat. Coolio, Busta Rhymes & Method Man “Hit Em High” (1996)
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Pharoahe Monch feat. Busta Rhymes, Redman, Method Man, Lady Luck & Shabaam Sahdeeq “Simon Says (Remix)” (1999)

Violator feat. Mystikal, Dirtbag & Busta Rhymes, “Keep Doin’ It” (2003)
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Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz feat. Busta Rhymes & Elephant Man, “Get Low (Remix)” (2003)
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Bone Crusher feat. Cam’ron, Jadakiss & Busta Rhymes “Never Scared (Remix)” (2003)
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Jiggy Busta

jiggybusta2.jpg With oversized hats, bright shiny leather Bushi outfits and an increasingly large bankroll, Busta became the court jester of the party-obsessed jiggy era. During the increasingly segregated late ’90s, Busta was one of the few artists versatile enough to work with backpacker favorites like Mos Def and Pharoahe Monch while still being on Bad Boy’s speed dial.

Busta Rhymes feat. Zhane “It’s A Party (Remix)” (1996)
Busta Rhymes feat. Puff Daddy and Ma$e, “Body Rock” (1997)

Rampage feat. Busta Rhymes, “Wild For Da Night” (1998)
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Tracey Lee feat. Busta Rhymes & Pirate “The After Party” (1997)
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Ma$e feat. Busta Rhymes, “Niggaz Wanna Act” (1997)

Doomsday Busta

doomsday.jpg Since going solo, Busta has always made time to show his goth side. With apocalyptic predictions for album titles and music videos featuring paranoid, action-filled visions of the future, Busta must have been just a little disappointed when the world didn’t end in Y2K.

Puff Daddy feat. Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes “Victory” (1997)
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Busta Rhymes, “Turn It Up (Remix)” (1998)
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Busta Rhymes feat. Ozzy Ozborne, “This Means War” (1998)

Busta Rhymes “Fire” (2000)
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Cartoon Busta

toon.jpg Considering Busta’s animated personality and schizophrenic flow, the potential was always there for outrageous visuals. But when Busta teamed up with director Hype Williams, they started making videos that were increasingly cartoon-like. Their frightening masterpiece, “Gimme Some More,” was one half old school Warner Bros. cartoon and one half nightmarish acid trip.

Busta Rhymes “Whoo-Ha!!” (1996)
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Busta Rhymes feat. ODB “Whoo-Ha!! (Remix)” (1996)
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Busta Rhymes “Dangerous” (1997)
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Busta Rhymes “Gimme Some More” (1998)
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Busta Rhymes feat. Pharrell “Light Your Ass On Fire” (2003)
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Pop Star Busta

popbusta.jpg Long before he was (allegedly) twisting out Nicole Richie, Bussa-Bus became a hit with the ladies by crossing over with big-budget videos, gimmicky club bangers and sensual R&B duets. Yep, yep, he loves his chicks.

Busta Rhymes “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” (1997)
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Busta Rhymes feat Janet Jackson “What’s It Gonna Be?” (1998)
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Busta Rhymes feat. Mariah Carey and Flipmode “I Know What You Want” (2002)
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P. Diddy feat. Busta Rhymes and Pharrell “Pass The Courvoisier (Part II)” (2002)
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Nick Cannon feat. Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe and Chingy “Shorty (Put It on The Floor)” (2003)
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The Pussycat Dolls feat. Busta Rhymes “Don’t Cha” (2005)
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Smack-You-With-The-Burner Busta

burner.jpg In the early ’00s, Busta stayed relevant by hitting the mixtapes heavy and channeling his gun-toting, street-wise persona. With a penchant for ratchets, cocaine and diss records, this is the gritty extreme of Busta’s personality.

M.O.P. feat. Busta Rhymes and Remy Ma “Ante Up (Remix)” (2000)
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Lumidee feat. Busta Rhymes and Fabolous “Never Leave You (Remix)” (2003)
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Eminem, 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes “Hail Mary” (2004)

Fabolous feat. Busta Rhymes “Just Grind” (2006)

Busta Rhymes and T.I. “Cannon” (2006)

Rick Ross feat. Busta Rhymes “Hustlin’ (Remix)” (2006)

Elder Statesman Busta

bustafur.jpg With New York hip-hop in critical condition, Busta decided to use his unique position to help New Yorkers with their self-esteem. Whether he’s bringing out golden era legends at Summer Jam, revitalizing ’90s vets like Raekwon or singing newbies like Papoose, Busta has been working towards closing New York’s generation gap.

Raekwon feat. Busta Rhymes “State of Grace (Remix)” (2005)

Busta Rhymes feat. Papoose, DMX, Mary J Blige, Lloyd Banks, Missy Elliott and Rah Digga “Touch It (Remix)” (2006)
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Papoose feat. Busta Rhymes, “Get Right” (2006)

Busta Rhymes “New York Shit (Live At Webster Hall in NYC)” (2006)
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  • The ON1E

    listening to this dude is soooo 1996…

    • The ON1E

      Bussa-Bus is as relevant The ON1E

  • The ON1E

    you by the way, ray cash is garbage too mayne. that dude need to quit the rap game now, ohio rap scene was sorry enough already without him, with him….sheeit. Chi-Town FoEva!!!

  • LBDII

    The Big Bang is a hot album.

  • CrypticOne

    The Big Bang is the hottest album to come out of 2006. Copp that album.

  • http://www.unkut.com Robbie

    “Busta got his start as a studio rat for Public Enemy” = He was a weed carrier.

    Is “Mt Airy Groove” their first demo?

  • http://xxlmag.com E-man (South c)

    This Nigga knew what entertaining is coz his was a Mic-a-phone jocker for real.

  • ckillz

    Busta is the dude. He has proven that he has longevity and versatility time and again. The Big Bang is a beautiful album and his lyricism has only tightened. The dude surprised me, i didnt think he still had it in him, but hes hot once again and im def feelin him. Who u kno has rick janes singing hooks?! Pay homage to my dude, Big up 2 Bus 4 doin his thing 4 real….

  • http://rockthedub.blogspot.com khal

    Word to Bus. Been a long time fan, ever since “Sobb Story”… glad he’s still keeping his name out there.

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  • CAMRUCFRMRCUKER

    It’s about time…i’m happy for dude. been a fan since “woo-hah(GOT YOU ALL IN CHECK)” evn though dudes used to diss him for his style…he has always been creative. his new album is the best rap album of 06 so far….

    “IT’S UP TO YOU NEW YORK, NEEEEEWWW YOOOOORK!!!!”

  • calimovement

    he worked his ass of to stay relevant….much respect.

  • CAMRUCFRMRCUKER

    WOW….THANX XXL!!!! I’LL SPEND THE WHOLE DAY CHECKIN THESE OUT…! BEEN A FAN SINCE “THE COMING.”

  • Lee

    YO BIG props go out to Busta Rhymes and what he has done not just for hip hop but also for New York Hip Hop big ups.

  • Gutta

    much respect to busta, hes been doin it for a long time but with all the money that went into the project and being down interscope(the new evil empire) how could he not have the #1 album in the country?

  • Will T. Bagyou

    Bussa Buss the King of New York!

  • CAMRUNFRMRUCKER

    ^^^^^
    HE DOES HAVE THE NUMBER ONE ALBUM IN THE COUNTRY. ITS NUMBER ONE ON THREEE CHARTS. IT PUSHED OUT AFI’S ALBUM.

  • http://Myspace.com/djbruff Dj B-Ruff

    Busta is the man…
    Neva git enough of busta no matter what..
    His new album dope as fuck aswell all his old albums..

    Big respect
    B Ruff

  • EastCoastNiccah

    That big bang album is tight i always liked Busta but this is the first album of his i bought

  • http://www.soundclick.com/atrem Loot-Tenant TRAX

    SHADY GUYS IS THE FUTURE

    DA ARSONIST AND LOOT-TENANT TRAX

    NC, DURHAM STAND UP!!!!

    1ST N FLITE LEGACY ENTERTAINEMT….
    http://www.soundclick.com/atrem
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    BUSSA BUS ALBUM IS FIYAH!!BIG BANG

  • CAMRUNFRMRUCKER

    PROPS XXL….THAT WAS A COMPILATION N A HALF. VIDEOS N SONGS I HAD NEVA SEEN(ESP.L.O.N.S DAYS) THANX!!!!!!!!!!!!
    BUSTA HAS DONE ALOT!!!

  • ReDiCuLouS

    Fa sho, Busta has a hot album definitely…only a couple songs I skip over….best album out of New York in a minute…Raekwon needs to start the Only Built 2 shit, so it could tip the cookie jar in their favor. See…hip-hop is just one big-ass cookie jar…right now it’s leanin’ south…so they gettin more cookies…it’s just a matter of tippin’ it East now…shit, I’m higher than bat pussy right now…lol~

  • SharkByte

    What are you fools talkin’ ’bout?
    Bussa-bus is on the illest label in the game and didn’t even take advantage. The track with Em “I’ll Hurt You” isn’t on there, no tracks with 50, Game, Dre. For an album called the Big Bang, there is a serious lack of any true bangers! WAKE UP PEOPLE! This album sounds amateur at best. Try again Busta!

  • abstract

    THERE’S ONLY FIVE YEARS LEFT!!!

  • Shortylightskin

    motherfuckers gon dis this nigga b4 the album came out ,bitch ass bol, or some other dude wrote a rather unflattering review, now u on his dick.Fuck the haters. Respect long overdue Bus. a TRUE hiphop LEGEND

  • http://xxlmag.com Bishop Jim D. Allen

    Busta Rhymes is indeed a Hip Hop Legend, however, his involvement in the 50 Cent, Shady, Ja Rule Beef was uncharacteristic of him. Besides, I have a problem with Humans calling themselves God, God is a Spirit, not a Human Being! New York Rappers have all claimed to be “The King of New York”, however the true King of New York is not a Black Dude, believe that. Another problem I have with African American Multi-Million Dollar Rappers, is their absents in the HOOD. They rap about the HOOD, but do very little to change the conditions of the HOOD. I guess If the conditions of the HOOD changed, then the rappers would not have anything to rap about, also African American Rappers do very little in helping our brothers and sisters in Africa, and the Diaspara, huge problem. Pac had dialogue and monologue, streets and world conditions knowledge. The average Hip Hop Star nowadays has no intellegence, and says the samething over and over, no new material. To the Hip Hop Super Stars, please stop making recycled Club Bangers, and give the Hip Hop Community along with Fans, real music, give us our monies worth of real music. Music that will cause people to think, laugh, cry, and hope. Who will help the Widows Son?

  • goldfromthe49

    busta rhymes played football in the cfl for the blue bombers

  • pusha

    its great to see everyone supporting my man . i remeber when id say busta was my favorite arist people would say man u crazy. id just keep playin his shit. peace FLIPMODE

  • anti rap/ REAL HIPHOP

    Busta has made a lot of stuff true indeed; but his career has more ups and downs than a roller coaster.

  • WI$EGUY

    BUSTA RHYMES ALWAYS HOLDS IT DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • H-man

    Proud of Busta. wow.

  • SharkByte

    GO AHEAD AND TRY TO NAME ONE TRUE BANGER ON THIS CD! One that does NOT have NAS on it or lame ass Q-Tip!

    Y’all need a Q-tip to clean out your ears cuz you must be hearin sumthin’ other than Busta’s cd! If you want a real banger, go grab up “Laugh Now Cry Later” by Ice Cube.

  • Shortylightskin

    Get u some,In the Ghetto,Been through the Storm,Their out to get Me,Goldmine, even the song w/Missy on its good(Cause she don’t spit a verse),Cocaina(fukin sick),yo im done u must be a big westcoast head or sumin. I def respect Cube but ain’t nobody(except westcoast niggas)even talkin bout that shit.

  • TrueLife

    They are missing a solo track from busta.
    Big Daddy Kane, Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip
    Get on down

  • leemangena

    bus a bus we luv u down here in zimbabwe

  • Jersey Boy

    Busta been doing his thing for along time and he is a artist who will be around for a long time ,but I must say the album is okay ive heard better from him but he wil be around along time so I have a chance to cop more !!!!

  • THE WHITE MAN

    TOBY KEITH IS NUMBER ONE ON THE CHARTS RIGHT NOW NOT SOM NUT NAMED BUSSA BUS (WHAT IZ HE BUSTING) I LIKE HOW HE BITCHES AND HOES OUT HIS BLACK WOMEN IM DOWN WITH THAT ISNT THAT HOW U SAY IT “IM DOWN HOMIE” I WISH THERE WAS MORE KILLING OF HIS PPL IN HIS MUSIC LIKE G-UNIT AND DIPSET WE NEED TO GET YALL OUTTA HERE.

  • Alex Brown(G.B. Bahamas)

    busta have it on lock its his quater right now i hope he hold it down. TO EVERYONE SAYIN BUSTA IS NICE PROVE IT BY GOING TO THE STORE AND BUYING THE ALBUM AND SUPPORT THE BROTHER LET US REAL BUSTA SUPPORTAS WATCH THE MAN STAY TOPPP OF THE CHARTS. FOR WEEEEEEKKKKSSS AND MONTHS. I HAVE THE ALBUM DO U? STOP TALKING AND GET IT.

  • http://z4.invisionfree.com/escaperosiesreality/ Oiiiii

    interscope fucked up by pushing busta back, he couldve went gold in the 1st week

    http://escaperosiesreality.forumup.com/

  • Realest Nigga

    tha big bang is on of the realest albums of the year yo. i aint mad at cha, got notin but love for ya, do ya thing bus

  • auset

    It’s Def Hot All The Way! Ther’s so many awesome tracks it’ll make your head swim! lol Some very special tracks along wit da bangers! Very Personal Album! Kudos Bus & Dr.Dre!!!!!Forever!:)

  • beautifuloneboo

    O.k. If ya haven’t got it yet…
    you’re way behind it all!!!!!
    For Real! He’s Hotter Than Pele Right now! Ya Know…the Volcano Godess in Hawaii Baby!!!!

  • beautifuloneboo

    He’s A God And I’m A Goddess! lol
    For Real!

  • mauiwoman

    Yeah The “Big Bang’s Bangin’ In Honolulu, North Shore and Kauai, Hawaii!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah!!!!!!
    That’s Hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • MAN LISTEN

    BIG UP TO BUSTA RHYMES… I’VE BEEN A FAN FROM THE GATE (L.O.N.S.). MY NIGGA HAS BEEN PERSISTANT THROUGH THE YEARS AND JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER WITH AGE. KEEP DOING YOUR THING SON….WHOO HAAA….

  • MISSBOSS

    CONtINUE TA iMPr3Ss MaH HOM3BOY
    ((LUVIN YOh STyLE 2THA fULLEST))

  • Specs da nerd

    man i know bus back in the rivermont days! man dis pussy nigga fucked my homeboy bitch and we beat the jamaican rum out his potty ass.

  • amy

    There is a Big Bang and is mos def Bus a bus. I’ve had an opportunity to see most of his shows, and i’ve been a fan since the days of whoo ha, ive never seen an artist so versatile, so all these haters are talking *@*!. Hip hop in Africa is bigger than people think and when these cats come dwn to the motherland they are always austonished.Ive never seen an artist bring dwn the house as Bus a Bus did in johannesburg,South Africa, like he did late last year.Most cats just do a tired ass set, and if you are lucky,perform at least four tracks and thats it,but bus broght it. There was tight line up and he was the a show stopper.we were about done when he came on but managed to energize the crowd with his wild in your face energy that by the end of the show ,we still called for an encore which is rare cause these cats are usually booed off stage, for not representing.so till all these over hyped cats rock Africa, they should not dare claim world wide love.

    amy, african nubian queen

  • Twan757

    I got much love for Busta I been a fans since L.O.N.S. I remember that episode of yo mtv raps too. It was shocking but in the long run we found out who truly was the most talented in that group.

  • http://n/a TARISAI

    BUSTA.ITS SO COOL TO SEE YOUR EFFORTS OVER THE YEARS AND THAT ONCE AGAIN ITS PAYING OFF WITH A NUMBER ONE ALBUM.YOU ARE ONE OF MY FAVE RAPPERS UP THERE WITH BIGGY AND JIGGA.SEE WHAT COMPANY YOU KEEPING.
    WE ALL HOLLER FOR YOU IN ZIMBABWE.SEE JUST HOW RAP CREATES A GLOBAL VILLAGE

  • http://www.myspace.com/55659753 DREAS

    Busta will go down in history like Jimi Hendrix is to Rock’N Roll !!! He deserve’s the respect he commands !!! His contributions to music cannot be matched by any one of today’s leading recording artists. He is a perfect example of how one can succeed in this business, if they can manage to cease any opportunity to record good material that is going to be released to the masses. Weather it be with Janet Jackson or P.Diddy. Busta Rhymes took advantage of those opportunity’s and put in the work !!! It’s not every rapper who puts the amount of work into his or her career that Busta has done in the past, and will continue to do in the future. Busta obviously really love’s to Bust some Rhymes !!!!!!!!!! The guy really love’s Hip Hop…I can’t say the same for everybody else. We are lucky to still have him around, and ontop of his game. He is a Rockstarr !!!

  • ReDiCuLouS

    One song lacking from this monstrous compilation is the obvious head-knoddin’ “Break Yo Neck”….produced by none other than the good Doctor. That remix with Twista was SIC!!! Aftermath need to sign Twist & Tech N9ne w/ Buss…dat album would be crazy!!!!

  • jonjon–23

    A good rapper with longevity.

  • Jennel

    I am a fan however, Busta needs to re-evaluate what the fuck he considers a man is. I just want to know when he is going to find the dude that killed his man? He sounds like OJ. You say you are going to find the killer but instead you out playing golf. You are wack! There is a difference between being a snitch and being a bitch! Bus is being the latter.

  • rezcuetheghost

    ray cash is the shit Game is the shit Busa bus down somthin is the shit and the chi is on the comeups bumb j brain ,and sly polaroid look out.

  • John

    hands down the best what more can i say

  • Azup

    This time line of Busta Rhymes proves that he’s one of the greatest mc of all time. Now some of you may disagree wit that but it’s true.

  • TONEDA1!!!!!!!!!

    Hey yo! Busta is tha shit and everybody knows, he gets the people what they want everytime he drops. So who that ONE fool is needs to stop going on everybody’s comment page and hatin cause you don’t know good music and talent when you see it, you willie fofo ass nigga! STR8-up

  • oc

    yeh imm from ghana an non of them rap kings come our way so , they got love in europe but not in africa, is it cos they think we dont have shit, whereare dimounds from nigger.

  • freeagent

    Much love to Busta!!!!!!!!!!!!(Come back Jay Z, Rip—Pac & Easy)Make movies Cube & Snoop, keep rapping T.I., Twista, and Mike Jones. Cleveland is in the house, E-40 is back and sounding better than ever. Album #16-by Too $hort-I need another Freaky/Cocktails.

  • total piatko

    i got to rep for the north region we gone steven segal it and under siege the game we got kanya eminem nelly are underground shit ant even shining yet we gone be the next up busta washed up his shit just do nothing for me it kinda get on my nerves id id like his shit i guess i grow out of but other people like him and he a aight actor toledo riot city north side blood gang ruff click cartell records cash & respect live life

  • tha sco’s king

    i respect busta datz all im goin 2 say

  • Garbage

    Busta used to be his own self, now he just one of them rappers tryin to be a gangsta…

  • Locc to tha brain

    fucking wack

  • http://bustabustisdashitt GodLiKe

    Raekwon feat. Busta Rhymes “State of Grace (Remix)” (2005)
    ….

    all i gotta say…. best song eva

    wu-tang, flipmode…

  • MIKE MURDA

    BUSTA STILL GOIN STRONG KNOWS HOW 2 MAKE A COUPLE HIT SINGLES AND SELL HIS WACK ALBUMS BUSTA U BET NOT SNITCH OR NIGGAS IS GOIN THE PIGGYBANKS

  • http://xxlmag.com omegared nyc

    who ever said ny hiphop is dead you got life fucked up i’d rather listen to this than that dumb nigga music the south shit is gonna die like disco really hard remember i said it.people are starting to get smart again so they gonna want smart music again northern and west coast hiphop

  • shirley

    Busta is one of the few rappers that has consistently maintained his creative style. I respect artists that can bring something different to the game, especially these days when hip hop is commercial as ever. Hip hop labels only care about profit than preserving the quality of the artform (r.a.p = rythm and poetry)…