Busta Rhymes Biography

Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr., (born May 20, 1972), better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American rapper, producer, and actor from Brooklyn. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the moniker Busta Rhymes, after NFL wide receiver George "Buster" Rhymes. Early in his career, he was known for his wild style and fashion, and today is best known for his intricate rapping technique, which involves rapping at a fast rate with lots of internal rhyme and half rhyme, and to date has received eleven Grammy nominations for his musical work.

About.com included him on its list of the 50 Greatest MCs of Our Time (1987-2007), while Steve Huey of Allmusic called him one of the best and most prolific rappers of the 1990s. In 2012, The Source placed him on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time. MTV has called him "one of hip-hop's greatest visual artists."

Busta Rhymes was both a member of Leaders of the New School and a founding member of the record label Conglomerate (founded as Flipmode Entertainment) and production crew The Conglomerate (formerly Flipmode Squad). In November 2011, Busta Rhymes signed a deal with Cash Money Records. He has so far released eight studio albums, with the first being the 1995 platinum-selling album The Coming. His list of hit singles include "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check", "Dangerous", "Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up", "What's It Gonna Be?!", "Pass the Courvoisier, Part II", "I Know What You Want" and "Touch It", among several others. He is set to release his Cash Money debut, E.L.E.2 (Extinction Level Event 2), in 2014, which will be a sequel to his 1998 album E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front.

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Busta Rhymes to make UK festival debut at Bestival

US rapper joins Outkast, Foals and Beck on Isle of Wight event bill

  • Feb 10, 2014

Busta Rhymes allegedly throws tantrum in Miami burger restaurant – for receiving sauce on the side

Rapper reportedly used homophobic language after staff refused to let him skip the queue

  • Apr 4, 2013

Busta Rhymes teams up with Estelle for new single

British singer guests on Busta's latest effort

  • Jun 18, 2009

Busta Rhymes announces new album

'Back On My B S' will be out next month

  • Feb 18, 2009

Busta Rhymes wins legal bid to perform in London

US rapper will headline a charity concert tonight (Sept 26)

  • Sep 26, 2008

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Album review: Busta Rhymes - 'Back On My BS'

Album review: Busta Rhymes - 'Back On My BS'

It would be so much better if he knew who he was and didn’t rely on 100 producers

  • Jul 15, 2009

Busta Rhymes : London Hammersmith Apollo

Phenomenal...

  • May 17, 2002

Busta Rhymes : Genesis

New ‘sexy’ Rhymes...

  • Mar 15, 2002

Busta Rhymes : Break Ya Neck

Every syllable strains with bug-eyed effort...

  • Mar 1, 2002

Anarchy

It's a tough one.

  • Jun 20, 2000

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