On this day, May 20, in hip-hop history…

1972: Busta Rhymes is turning 41 today.

The New York veteran has been a major pillar in hip-hop culture. His career began as a member of the Leaders of the New School. He came into mainstream prominence after appearing on A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario,” in which his verse was the most compelling and memorable. Through the years, Busta has released nine solo albums, with five of them going Platinum. He has also worked with industry mainstays such as DMX, Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne and plenty more.

Busta is in the studio currently working on his next studio album. He is consistently evolving his craft, as seen in his Pharrell-produced single “Twerk It,” where he channels a Jamaican accent that sounds futuristic. With the party anthem definitely inspiring a nice set of sexy twerk videos, Busta is still one of the greatest MCs to ever do it.

Happy birthday Busta Buss!