Busta Rhymes is an American rapper, songwriter, and actor.
His musical career began at the age of 16 as a member of the hip hop crew Leaders of the New School along with fellow Long Island natives Charlie Brown, Dinco D, and Cut Monitor Milo. They began recording in 1989 and released their debut album A Future Without a Past in 1991 on Elektra Records. In 1993, they released T.I.M.E. (The Inner Mind’s Eye). Busta Rhymes’ standout performance in A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Scenario’ propelled him into the cultural conscience. Soon after, however, internal problems arose because of Busta’s increasing popularity, which created fierce jealousies, and the group broke up on the set of Yo! MTV Raps.
He broke out with a 1996 solo hit single, « Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check » from his platinum record album The Coming. His second album, When Disaster Strikes, released in 1997, produced the hit singles « Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See » and « Dangerous ».
In 1998, he recorded Extinction Level Event (Final World Front). Its single, « Gimme Some More » — which sampled Bernard Herrmann’s theme from Psycho — reached number 5 in the UK singles chart in January 1999. Smith enjoyed further transatlantic success in April when the single « What’s It Gonna Be?! », featuring Janet Jackson, reached the US and UK Top 10. The album received prominent notice for featuring the fastest rapping Smith has yet done, on a song called « Iz They Wildin Wit Us & Gettin’ Rowdy Wit Us? », featuring a guest appearance by Mystikal.
After he signed to J Records, a label started by the then recently ousted Arista Records chief and founder Clive Davis, he released a greatest hits collection alongside a new album of original work.
Continuing the Biblical theme of his previous albums, he titled his record Genesis. The album featured collaborations with Mary J. Blige, P. Diddy, Kelis, and others. Genesis was powered by the hit single with Kelis, « What It Is, » and his solo single released in November 2001, « Break Ya Neck. » The final single was the summer smash « Pass The Courvoisier Part 2, » which featured Pharrell and P. Diddy. Despite the success of the two singles, this album did not sell as well as previous releases.
In 2002, he released his sixth studio album It Ain’t Safe No More. The album was moderately successful, with a hit song featuring Mariah Carey and the Flipmode Squad called « I Know What You Want. » Another hit song was « Make It Clap », featuring Spliff Starr. The remix of « Make It Clap » featured Sean Paul. After its release, he left J Records. In 2004, he signed with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment.
His seventh studio album, The Big Bang, became the first #1 album of his career. The CD sold over 209,000 copies in its first week to earn the top spot on The Billboard Top 200. The album also became his highest charting album in the UK, peaking at #19. 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 Smith’s previous releases, as well as 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, « New York Shit »,featuring Swizz Beatz and « In The Ghetto ». Smith also had a stint opening for Mariah Carey’s The Adventures of Mimi Tour. Also, Smith performed with Eminem on « Touch It Remix Part 5″. He also did a song featuring Linkin Park called « We Made It. »
He released his eighth studio album Back on My B.S. on May 19, 2009 via Universal Motown. The album debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200, selling 56,000 copies, and was his first album to not receive an RIAA certification, selling 122,000 copies to date. The singles that have been released from the album are, « Arab Money », featuring Ron Browz, « Hustler’s Anthem ‘09″, featuring T-Pain and « Respect My Conglomerate ». The song « World Go Round », featuring British singer Estelle, was released in France on April 6, 2009 due to the heavy rotation of a leaked version. The single was be released in the UK on July 13, 2009.