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.
- Busta Rhymes is a member of the 5% Nation
- Busta Rhymes is signed to Young Money Cash Money Records