For over the past 3 decades one hip hop artist has stood the test of time but has never been rightfully given the respect he has been deserving of. This artist has had several multi platinum albums, memorable tracks and had a major hand in changing the way music videos were made in a time widely considered to be hip hop’s hey day, the 90’s. This artist is Busta Rhymes.
For some strange reason Busta is rarely ever listed as an all time top MC/lyricist despite the fact he has the resume to prove otherwise.
Busta has been rapping since 1989 with the group The Leaders of The New School. We are in the year 2017 and he is currently working on his 10th studio album. That is an almost 30 year career in a genre that is not so grateful and accepting of older acts. In this time he has dropped 9 solo albums 5 which have gone platinum, several classic hits like “Woo Hah!!”, “Gimme Some More”, Pass the Courvoisier” and “Touch It” just to name a few. Not to mention has even been able to be the best part on Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” track, which also featured a bigger artist at the time “Lil Wayne”.
But when you ask fans to list the best rappers of all time or from back in the day you don’t really hear any of them mention Busta. You get Nas, Jay-Z, Tupac, Biggie. You’ll even get Snoop before fans will mention Busta. No knock to Snoop but when it comes to pure rapping he can’t hang with Busta. We can also add that his performances are still some of the best despite his age. Staying relevant in Hip Hop for almost 30 years is one of the hardest accomplishments in music and I feel he should get more appreciation for his longevity.
Busta has had some the most creative, outlandish and expensive music videos. His single “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” was the first rap video with a million dollar budget. It brought another level of performance and visual effects than seen before. He had a bigger impact on how music videos were made in the late 90’s-early 2000’s that arguably any other artist at the time.
When Busta dropped the video for “Pass the Courvosier” it became a subject for product placement in rap songs and/or videos, which has become even more prevalent in recent years (i.e Versace from Migos). When he dropped “Touch It” in 2005 was on the most remixed songs of that year. Looking at his verse from “Look At Me Now” made it cool to rap super fast again.
To end off. In a genre where the legends/greats don’t or rarely get praised until their deaths, I felt it was needed to give the legends to our music, our culture the love they deserve because people never get the flowers while they could still smell them. I’d just like to say to one of the best performers, lyricists, pure musical geniuses still putting in work. THANK YOU
- several platinum albums and singles that stand the test of time