Busta Rhymes

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Pressure is a natural phenomenon in life that can spring forth beautiful, planetary wonders. Then again, it can bring chaos and mayhem if not properly managed. Yet it is a necessary force that separates the weak from the strong, the real from the fake and the mediocre from the extraordinary.

For as long as one can remember, the career of iconic rapper/actor Busta Rhymes has been filled with pressure. The pressure started with the dissolution of his once-promising rap group (Leaders of The New School) which forced him to go solo. It continued with his meteoric rise to stardom and the expectations of maintaining platinum status while continuing his creative upswing. Pressure even hit Busta with personal tragedies and unforeseen run-ins with law enforcement. However, throughout his career Busta has faced obstacles that would destroy the average MC's career. Clearly, Busta Rhymes is not your average, everyday, run-of-the-mill MC. Busta Rhymes knows how to manage pressure. As a matter of fact he thrives on it. It is one of the things that has propelled his explosive career into international superstar status.

Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr., better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes (born May 20, 1972), is an American rapper, songwriter, producer and actor. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the alias Busta Rhymes after NFL wide receiver George...


"Buster" Rhymes.

Since 1991 Busta Rhymes has been greeted as a transformational, bar -- raising iconoclastic performer and writer. Busta's musical career began at the age of 16 as a member of the hip hop crew Leaders of the New School. L.O.N.S released their first album Future With Out A Pass on Electric records, then the following year in 1992 the group appeared on A Tribe Called Quest's posse cut "Scenario," in which Busta's climactic verse propelled him into the cultural consciousness. In 1993, they released T.I.M.E. (The Inner Mind's Eye). Soon after, however, internal problems arose because of Busta's increasing popularity, and the group broke up on the set of "Yo! MTV Raps."

In between making albums, Busta entered the acting arena starring in John Singleton's hit movie Higher "Learning" (1995) in which Busta made his acting debut.

In 1996 Busta Rhymes released his debut solo album, The Coming, which featured the hit song "Woo Hah! Got You All In Check." The single marked his first of 14 RIAA gold and platinum certifications in his association with Elektra as a solo artist and founder of Flipmode Squad. His second album, When Disaster Strikes, released in 1997, produced the hit singles "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See."

Busta Rhymes' run in the international pop, rap and urban top ten has extended over a decade. In 1998, Busta 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. Busta 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 Busta has yet done, on a song called "Iz They Wildin Wit Us & Gettin' Rowdy Wit Us?," featuring a guest appearance by Mystikal.

In the year 2000 Busta made another acting debut, he teamed up again with John Singleton and starred alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa Jackson and Christian Bale in the remake of the 1971 classic "Shaft." He also starred with Sir Sean Connery in "Finding Forrester," in that same year 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 II," which featured Pharrell and P. Diddy.

In 2002 Busta made it back to the big screens, he starred with the Queen Of Horror Movies Jamie Lee Curtis in "Halloween Resurrection." During this time, Busta 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 Busta's previous releases, as well as appearances by Raekwon, Nas and Stevie Wonder. 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." Busta also had a stint opening for Mariah Carey's The Adventures of Mimi Tour. Also, Busta performed with Eminem on "Touch It Remix Part 5" and made the song "I'll Hurt You" with Eminem.

In 2009 Busta inked a deal with Universal Motown, who released his eighth studio album, Back On My B.S., on May 19, 2009. He also appeared on Asher Roth's debut album, Asleep in the Bread Aisle. 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 heavy rotation of a leaked version. The single was released in the UK on July 13, 2009.

In 2010 explores his executive opportunities by opening the doors for the artist on his new found record label The Conglomerate Entertainment which features artists such as Reek Da Villian, JDoe, Nikki Greir, Dready 10 and of course his right hand man Spliff Star with Reek Da Villian being the first artist to take the forefront with his single Mechanics which scored him a spot on the BET Hip Hop awards in October 2010. The entire artist on The Conglomerate record label are currently working on projects and getting the attention of many.

In 2011 Busta Rhymes still prepares for his ninth studio album as he also heads his team The Conglomerate in taking over the music industry for the years to come. His feature with Chris Brown and Lil Wayne for "Look At Me Now" went two times platinum and was the #1 song in the USA in March 2011. In May 2011, Busta collaborated with Don Omar on the "How We Roll" remix for the "Fast Five" movie sound track featuring JDOE and Reek Da Villian which peaked at #4 on the Billboard charts. In November 2011, Busta Rhymes merged with Cash Money Inc and Google Music, now preparing for his new forthcoming album which will be one to blow the minds of many.

In June 2014, Busta Rhymes released "Calm Down" featuring rapper Eminem, a single from his coming album ELE2, the song was well received by many. Later that year, Busta Rhymes went into CEO mode, presenting his new artist O.T. Genasis under his The Conglomerate Entertainment record label, who released a hit single "COCO," upon its release the song noted a commercial success, peaking at number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number five on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart.

In December 2015, Busta Rhymes & Friends took over the East Coast region as they came together for the "Hot For The Holidays" concert presented by HOT 97 and Emmis communications. The concert featured Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Puff Daddy, Lil' Kim, Rick Ross and countless others with Busta Rhymes performing in every segment giving the crowd a nice gift for the holidays. The concert received rave reviews and kept everyone in awe wanting more. Busta Rhymes is a man known to mend with the times and plans on continuing in his reign not stopping any time soon.

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