Busta Rhymes

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Trevor Smith Jr. (born May 20, 1972), better known as Busta Rhymes, is an American hip hop musician.

Of Jamaican heritage, Busta Rhymes was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Uniondale, New York. At 12 his family moved to Long Island where he met up with other MCs from the growing New York hip hop community.

Smith is well-known throughout the hip hop community with the release of his debut solo album on Elektra Records, The Coming, in 1996 (1996 in music) after leaving the Leaders of the New School. The album's mix of ragga and hip hop made it a success, and it included the US and UK top 10 single "Woo-Hah!! Got You All In Check". The 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 third single, "Turn It Up/Fire It Up" was less popular, but only just failed to top the UK charts and was a top 10 hit in Germany, establishing Rhymes as an international star.

The same year he released The Imperial as part of the Flipmode Squad, a collaborative project with rappers Rampage, Lord Have Mercy, Spliff Star, Rah Digga and Baby Sham. Rhymes' fascination with film informed the same year's Extinction Level Event: The Final World Front, which took its title from the disaster movie Deep Impact. The frenetic "Gimme Some More" reached number 5 in the UK singles chart in January 1999 (see 1999 in music). Rhymes enjoyed further transatlantic success in April when the highly catchy "What's It Gonna Be?!', featuring Janet Jackson, reached the US and UK Top 10. Rhymes has kept up his frantic work rate, juggling his music career with his acting roles. In 2000 he worked on several movie projects, including the remake of Shaft, and released his final album for Elektra, Anarchy.

After leaving Elektra, Rhymes signed to J Records, a new label started by recently ousted Arista chief and founder Clive Davis. In 2001 (see 2001 in music), he released a greatest hits record, and a new effort. Continuing the apocalyptic theme of his previous albums, he titled his record Genesis. The aptly titled Genesis gave Busta Rhymes a rebirth of success with the mega-hits "Break Ya Neck" and "Pass the Courvoisier" produced by hip-hop uber-producers Dr. Dre and The Neptunes, respectively.

On November 26, 2002 (see 2002 in music) Busta Rhymes released his 6th studio album It Ain't Safe No More. Its first single, "Make It Clap," was a moderate hit and had a popular remix featuring a sample from Eric B. and Rakims hit song "Eric B. is President", along with a remix video, which featured Sean Paul and gave the song an even more reggae-inspired flavor. The second single, a duet with Mariah Carey, entitled "I Know What You Want" has been even more successful; having reached the top ten of Billboard's pop singles chart and the top ten in rap radio airplay.

Busta Rhymes had recently signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment and will release his newest album, The Big Bang, on July 12, 2005.




  • 1996 "The Coming" #6 US
  • 1997 "When Disaster Strikes" #3 US, #34 UK
  • 1998 "Extinction Level Event (The Final World Front)" #12 US
  • 2000 "Anarchy" #4 US, #38 UK
  • 2001 "Total Devastation: The Best of"
  • 2001 "Genesis" #7 US
  • 2002 "Turn It Up!: The Very Best of"
  • 2002 "It Ain't Safe No More" #43 US
  • 2004 "The Artist Collection"

Hit singles

  • 1996 "Woo Ha!! Got You All in Check" #8 US, #8 UK
  • 1996 "It's a Party" (feat. Zhané) #23 UK
  • 1997 "Rumble in the Jungle" (Fugees feat. A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes & Forte) #3 UK
  • 1997 "Hit 'em High (The Monstars' Anthem)" (with B Real, Coolio, LL Cool J, Method Man) #8 UK
  • 1997 "Do My Thing" #39 UK
  • 1997 "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" #16 UK
  • 1997 "Dangerous" #9 US, #32 UK
  • 1998 "Turn It Up / Fire It Up" #10 US, #2 UK
  • 1998 "One" (feat. Erykah Badu) #23 UK
  • 1999 "Gimme Some More" #5 UK
  • 1999 "What's It Gonna Be?!" (feat. Janet Jackson) #3 US, #6 UK
  • 2001 "Ante Up" (MOP feat. Busta Rhymes) #7 UK
  • 2002 "Break Ya Neck" #26 US, #11 UK
  • 2002 "Pass the Courvoisier, Part II" (with P Diddy and Pharrell Williams) #11 US, #16 UK
  • 2003 "Make It Clap" (feat. Spliff Star) #16 UK
  • 2003 "I Know What You Want" (with Mariah Carey feat. The Flipmode Squad) #3 US, #3 UK
  • 2004 "What's Happenin'" (Method Man feat. Busta Rhymes) #17 UK
  • 2005 "Don't Cha" (The Pussycat Dolls feat. Busta Rhymes) #11 US


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