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The most idiosyncratic personality in rap and possessor of its most recognizable delivery, a halting, ragga-inspired style with incredible complexity, inventiveness, and humor.
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'''Trevor Taheim Smith, Jr. on May 20, 1972 in New York City is a Jamaican American rapper, singer, songwriter, music producer, and actor.'''
  
Busta Rhymes formed Leaders of the New School in 1990 and released two albums with the group before breaking out with a 1996 solo hit single, "Woo-Hah!! Got You All in Check."  
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'''Busta Rhymes' debut solo album ''The Coming'' was released by Elektra Records in 1996. The album was a mix of reggae and hip hop, and it included the United States (US) and United Kingdom (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 third single "Turn it up/Fire it up" reached as high as number 2 on the UK singles chart. The same year he released ''The Imperial Album'' as part of the [[Flipmode Squad]], a collaborative project with rappers [[Rampage]], [[Lord Have Mercy]], [[Spliff Star]], [[Rah Digga]] and [[Baby Sham]].'''
  
Born in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, in 1972 of Jamaican heritage (a definite influence on his rapping style), Busta moved to Long Island in 1983 and, at Uniondale High School, met up with MCs Charlie Brown, Dinco D., and Cut Monitor Milo. Inspired by fellow Long Islanders Public Enemy and Eric B. & Rakim, the foursome united as Leaders of the New School and signed a deal with Elektra Records right out of the gate, when Busta was only 17 years old. Much respected in the hip-hop underground for their Afrocentric philosophy and tough rapping styles, Leaders of the New School debuted in 1991 with Future Without a Past but released only one more album, 1993's T.I.M.E., before breaking up the following year.
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'''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''--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 he worked on several movie projects, including the remake of ''Shaft'', and released his final album for Elektra, ''Anarchy''.'''
  
Out on his own for the first time, Busta called on some friends, appearing on A Tribe Called Quest's "Scenario," the incredible remix of Craig Mack's "Flava in Ya Ear" (also featuring Notorious B.I.G. and LL Cool J), as well as other projects with Boyz II Men, Mary J. Blige, and TLC. He also appeared in the 1995 John Singleton film Higher Learning and earned a solo contract with Elektra. Busta's first album, The Coming, proved a huge hit; the single "Woo-Hah!! Got You All in Check" hit the Top Ten and pushed the album into gold-record territory. His second album, When Disaster Strikes, debuted at number three in September 1997. Extinction Level Event followed a year later, and in mid-2000, Busta released Anarchy while appearing on the silver screen in a remake of the blaxploitation classic Shaft. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide
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'''After leaving Elektra, Rhymes signed to J Records, a new label started by recently ousted Arista Records chief and founder Clive Davis. In 2001 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''. This album featured a hit by [[The Neptunes]] called "Pass the Courvoisier," and the first work Busta did with [[Dr. Dre]], "Break Ya Neck."'''
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'''In 2002, 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." After its release, he left J Records. In 2004, he signed with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment.'''
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*[[Young Money Cash Money Records]]
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*Busta Rhymes is a member of the [[5% Nation]]
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*Busta Rhymes is signed to [[Young Money Cash Money Records]]

Latest revision as of 02:30, 5 December 2012

Trevor Taheim Smith, Jr. on May 20, 1972 in New York City is a Jamaican American rapper, singer, songwriter, music producer, and actor.

Busta Rhymes' debut solo album The Coming was released by Elektra Records in 1996. The album was a mix of reggae and hip hop, and it included the United States (US) and United Kingdom (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 third single "Turn it up/Fire it up" reached as high as number 2 on the UK singles chart. The same year he released The Imperial Album as part of the Flipmode Squad, a collaborative project with rappers Rampage, Lord Have Mercy, Spliff Star, Rah Digga and Baby 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--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 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 Records chief and founder Clive Davis. In 2001 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. This album featured a hit by The Neptunes called "Pass the Courvoisier," and the first work Busta did with Dr. Dre, "Break Ya Neck."

In 2002, 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." After its release, he left J Records. In 2004, he signed with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment.


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