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Busta Rhymes Biography


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Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr. (born on May 20 1972), better known as Busta Rhymes, is an American hip hop musician and actor. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the name Busta Rhymes (from former National Football League football player Buster Rhymes) after watching him perform. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1451212/20011127/rhymes_busta.jhtml?headlines=true /b>

Early years

Smith was born in Brooklyn, New York, and is of Jamaican heritage. At the age of 12, his family moved to Uniondale, New York, a suburb of New York City on Long Island, where he was raised and eventually met up with other rappers from the growing New York area East coast hip hop. He graduated from Uniondale High School, where he was a star basketball player.(1)
He has a son named T'ziah, born in 1993.

Leaders of the New School

Busta Rhymes' musical career began as a member of the Hip Hop crew Leaders of the New School along with fellow Long Island natives C. Brown, Dinco D and Cut Monitor Milo. They began recording in 1991 in music with the album A Future Without a Past (Elektra Records), and soon gained an amount of fame.

Native Tongues Posse

Many influential and successful Hip Hop crews of the early 1990s with styles comparable to The Leaders of The New School were located in and around the border between the Queens borough of New York City and counties of Long Island. Soon after their debut The leaders of The New School became associated with the Native Tongues Posse, which led to the group's collaboration with A Tribe Called Quest on the single "Scenario (A Tribe Called Quest)." Busta Rhymes' performance on "Scenario" is thought of by some as the performance which led to his becoming a fan favorite and eventually going solo. The Leaders Of The New School released their last album T.I.M.E. in 1993 in music, after which Busta Rhymes began his solo career.


Busta Rhymes' debut solo album The Coming was released by Elektra Records in 1996 in music. The album was a mix of ragga and hip hop, and it included the US and UK top 10 single "Woo-Hah!! Got You All in Check." His follow-up, When Disaster Strikes was successful in the US and sold well overseas. The album produced two hugely popular singles and videos in America, "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" and "Dangerous". The same year he released The Imperial as part of the Flipmode Squad, a collaborative project with rappers Rampage (musician), Lord Have Mercy (musician), Spliff Star, Rah Digga and Sham. 1998 brought Extinction Level Event (Final World Front), the theme of which was an assertion that the world would end in the year 2000. Its single, "Gimme Some More"--which sampled Bernard Herrmann's theme from Psycho (1960 film)--reached number 5 in the UK singles chart in January, 1999. Rhymes enjoyed further transatlantic success in April when the single "What's It Gonna Be?!', featuring Janet Jackson, reached the US and UK Top 10. In 2000 in Music he worked on several movie projects, including the remake of Shaft, and released his final album for Elektra Records, Anarchy (album).

J Records

After leaving Elektra, Rhymes signed to J Records, a new label started by recently ousted Arista Records chief and founder Clive Davis. In 2001 in music he released a greatest hits record alongside a new album of original work. Continuing the biblical theme of his previous albums, he titled his record Genesis (Busta Rhymes album). This album featured a hit by The Neptunes called "Pass the Courvoisier," and the first work Busta did with Dr. Dre. In 2002 in music, Busta Rhymes released his sixth studio album It Ain't Safe No More. The album was moderately successful, with a hit song featuring Mariah Carey called "I Know What You Want," though fans claimed that his music was becoming more club-oriented and watered down. After its release, he left J Records. In 2004, he signed with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment.


In November of 2005, Busta Rhymes cut off his trademark dreadlocks during a photo shoot in a New York barbershop owned by producer Cory Rooney. The shop is featured on an MTV show titled The Shop. “I started growing my hair in December '89. I was 17,” he said. “I signed my record deal and said I ain't combing my hair no more. I don't have to." He says the haircut was symbolic of a change in his music and the new record deal. 2006 has seen the release of his seventh studio album, The Big Bang (album). The CD became his first #1 album of his entire career. The CD sold over 209,000 copies in its first week to earn the top spot on the charts. The album also became his highest charting album in the UK, peaking at #19 there. Some of the album was leaked on the internet, and as a result several songs were left off the album and new ones added. The Big Bang featured more production by Dr. Dre than Busta's previous releases and appearances by Raekwon and Nas. The singles that have been released from the album are, "Touch It", "I Love My Chick", featuring Kelis and Will.I.Am of The Black Eyed Peas, "New York Shit" featuring Swizz Beatz and "In the Ghetto", featuring Rick James. Busta also had a stint opening for Carey's Adventures of Mimi Tour. On August 20, 2006, Busta Rhymes was arraigned for charges of third-degree assault after attacking a man who reportedly spat on his car in New York City on August 12. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/people/281942_people21.html On October 24, 2006, Busta Rhymes appeared at Manhattan Criminal Court as the district attorney's office attempted to amend previous charges against the rapper to include weapons possession for a machete found in his car. The judge, ShawnDya Simpson, refused to add the charge and adjourned the case. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/25/nyregion/25rap.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion&oref=slogin

Rhymes has an atypical and distinguishable style. He is known by fans for versatility in flow, delivery and subject matter. Probably his best-known trademark is the roars and grunts such as "Woo-Hah", "Ha!", "Bwah!" that serve as his adlibs, along with his distinguishable voice. Rapping quickly is also a distinctive feature of Busta. In the 1990s, each of Busta's solo albums contained a lengthy and dramatic intro skit as the first track, each announcing the progressively shorter time until the turn of the millennium, and predicting at that time that there would be a cataclysmic event. Busta has made a habit of appearing on other artists' songs to do only the hook, bridge or chorus; he has done this for artists such as Mos Def ("Do It Now"), Big Pun ("Parental Discretion"), A Tribe Called Quest ("Oh My God"), Black Moon ("The Onslaught"), Nas ("Suicide Bounce"), Puff Daddy and Notorious B.I.G. ("Victory"), The Game (rapper) ("Like Father, Like Son"), Ma$e ("Niggaz Wanna Act") and Obie Trice ("Oh!").

  • The video for "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See" features a recreation of a well-known scene from the 1988 Eddie Murphy film Coming to America.
  • The video for "Dangerous" features a recreation of a scene with baddie Sho'nuff ("Am I the toughest...?, Am I the meanest...?") from the 1985 Berry Gordy produced film The Last Dragon.
  • On December 31 1999, Black Entertainment Television named "Woo-Hah!! Got You All In Check" the # 3 video on its list of the top 100 videos of the 20th century. "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See" was # 39.
  • His concert Rider (theater) reportedly includes a box of ribbed condoms. http://www.thesmokinggun.com/backstagetour/busta/busta1.html
  • His first group, the Leaders of the New School, disbanded during November 1993 broadcast of Yo! MTV Raps.
  • He appears in the video game, Def Jam: Fight for NY, as "Magic".
  • His remix of "Touch It" has been at the top of UK DJ, Semtex's chart for 15 weeks in a row. http://www.bbc.co.uk/1xtra/hiphop/
  • The video for "I Love My Chick" was a recreation of the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith
  • Busta Rhymes was featured on one song off fellow rapper DMX (rapper) album Year of the Dog...Again on the song Come Thru (Move)
  • He also featured in one of the Halloween (film series) horror movie series (Halloween: The Ressurection) as owner of Danger Entertainment. He invites a group of teenagers to stay in Mike Myers old house whilst live on camera over the internet. However Mike Myers turns up killing almost all the teenagers and has a couple fight scenes with Busta. These involve Busta using karate against Myers, Myers stabbing Busta and Busta electricuting Mike Myers.
  • He also appeared in an episode of The Wayans Bros. where he arrives in town for a concert.


  • Released: March 26, 1996
  • Chart positions: #6 U.S.
  • Last RIAA certification: 1x Platinum
  • Singles: "Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check"/"Everything Remains Raw", "It's A Party" (featuring Zhané), "Do My Thing"
  • Released: September 16, 1997
  • Chart positions: #3 U.S., #34 UK
  • Last RIAA certification: 1x Platinum
  • Singles: "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See", "Dangerous (Busta Rhymes song)", "Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up", "One" (featuring Erykah Badu)
  • Released: December 15, 1998
  • Chart Positions: #12 U.S.
  • Last RIAA Certification: 1x Platinum
  • Singles: "Gimme Some More", "What's It Gonna Be?!" (featuring Janet Jackson, "Party is Goin' on Over Here", "Do the Bus a Bus", "Tear Da Roof Off"
  • Released: June 20, 2000
  • Chart positions: #4 U.S., #38 UK
  • Last RIAA certification: 1x Platinum
  • Singles: "Get Out", "Bladow", "Fire"
  • Released: November 13, 2001
  • Chart positions: #7 U.S., #58 UK
  • Last RIAA certification: 1x Platinum
  • Singles: "What It Is” (featuring Kelis), “Break Ya Neck”, “As I Come Back”, “Pass The Courvoisier, Part II” (featuring P. Diddy & Pharrell Williams)
  • Released: November 26, 2002
  • Chart positions: #43 U.S.
  • Last RIAA certification: Gold
  • Singles: "Make It Clap/(Remix)” (featuring Sean Paul & Spliff Star), “I Know What You Want”, (featuring Mariah Carey & Flipmode Squad) '
  • Released: June 13, 2006
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S., #19 UK
  • Last RIAA certification: (Gold 540,000 US) (2.2 Million Worldwide)
  • Singles: "Touch It”, “I Love My Bitch” (featuring Kelis & Will.i.am), “New York Shit” (featuring Swizz Beatz), “In the Ghetto (Busta Rhymes song)” (featuring Rick James) Salute the General by Cutmaster C
  • 2004 The storm before the storm mixtape by Big Mike
  • 2004 The Slaughter by DJ L
  • 2004 The Slaughter Pt. 2 by DJ L
  • 2005 The Slaughter Pt. 3 by DJ L
  • 2005 Surrender, The Mixtape by DJ Whoo Kid
  • 2006 The Crown by DJ Drama
  • 2006 The Point Of No Return by DJ Kay Slay
  • 2006 The Countdown To The Big Bang by DJ Kay Slay
  • 2006 New Crack City by Clinton Sparks
  • 2006 Busta Rhymes: The Ruler by DJ Ideal & Mr. Mauricio


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    Courtesy of: http://www.wikipedia.org/

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