Dude Beenie Man
This year will mark a quarter of a century since Busta Rhymes entered the music game. To say 'Thank You,' and celebrate his hot new track, lets recap the rapper's long and successful career.
Busta went to George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School - some of his school mates were Jay-Z, DMX and The Notorious B.I.G. Rumour has it that Busta and Jay had rap battles in the cafeteria - is that were his passion grew?
Busta's professional musical beginnings go all the way back to 89' when he hooked up with fellow New Yorkers Charlie Brown, Dinco D and Cut Monitor Milo to form 'Leaders Of The New School'.
The Leaders Of The New School got their big break when the group were chosen to be the opening act for Public Enemy.
Busta – real name Trevor Tahkiem Smith – tried many stage names including the quite hilarious Chilly-O-Ski. Anyway, thankfully Chuck D of Publix Enemy was about to suggest he ditched it for Busta Rhymes, after the former Minnesota Viking, George 'Buster' Rhymes'.
The group produced only two albums, with their second one 'T.I.M.M.E (The Inner Mind's Eye)' (1993) not finding nearly as much success as their first 'A Future Without A Past' (1991).
The spotlight was put on Busta after becoming popular when the group featured on A Tribe Called Quest's 'Scenario' – not long after their second album Busta's popularity cause increasingly bad tensions within the group and they decided to split. Picture: Getty
In the years that followed the split Busta Rhymes put himself out there like no other. He teamed up with some of the industry's best to get his voice heard, featuring on tracks by TLC, P Diddy, Mary J Clidge, The Notorious B.I.G, LL Cool J, to name a few.
His first solo studio album 'The Coming' is now seen as a rap classic. It had the hit 'Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check' on it, which won him a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance.
Busta's third album found him even more success with the singles 'Gimme Some More' and 'What's It Gonna Be?' ft Janet Jackson.
In 2000, Busta Rhymes was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for having said the most syllables in one second. It was stolen from him by a little known rapper a few years later.
In 2000 and 2002 came Busta's fourth and fifth studio albums 'Anarchy' and 'Genesis'. Genesis featured collaborations with Kelis, Pharrell and P Diddy.
No – not like that – just for a song. Don't tell us the collaboration 'I Know What You Want' doesn't bring back memories for you too.
In 2004 Busta left J Records and signed with Dr Dre's Aftermath entertainment. Picture: Getty
Busta didn't achieve a number one album till his seventh go at it, but finally 'The Big Bang' debuted a number one with over 200,000 copies sold in its first week. It featured appearances from Nas and Raekwon plus the summer hit 'I Love My Bitch' featuring Kelis and Will.i.am.
It's the only disc Busta's had the went to number one, but after its first week of sales the album didn't move much. Out of his eight albums five went platinum, and 'The Big Bang' wasn't one of them.
The poor man has been nominated for 9 Grammys and 15 VMAs and is shockingly yet to pick up a single gong. Picture: Getty
People have learnt that it's not a remix if Busta Rhymes isn't on it. In 2011 he was back on Chris Brown's 'Look at Me Now' – a song that went on to be a huge hit. And it's not only the hip hop masters he works with, Tiesto and Diplo got a taste of Busta's style when he appeared on their 2011 track 'C'mon'.
His ninth studio album, 'Year of the Dragon', features guest appearances from Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Trey Songz, Robin Thicke, Maino, Gucci Mane and more.
In this tune Kanye West, Q-Tip and Lil Wayne all feature vocals and pop up in the incredibly cool video. A regular on the Capital XTRA playlist, it could be Busta's best in years.
First speaking of releasing the sequel in 2009 – this year Busta Rhymes is finally set to release 'E.L.E.2' (Extinction level event 2)– the sequel to his 1998 album 'E.L.E (Extintion Level Event): The Final World Front. Stay tuned.