Busta Rhymes, known for his incredibly fluid flow in the world of hip-hop, possesses the ability to deliver rapid-fire syllables and melodic choruses with ease. As a prominent figure in the genre, he will be joining us to discuss his latest album, Blockbusta, and answer any questions you may have.
Trevor Smith Jr was born in 1972 to Jamaican parents in Brooklyn. He used his cultural roots to establish himself in the rap industry, bringing a ragga vibe to New York City’s flourishing hip-hop scene in the late 1980s. He gained recognition as a member of the group Leaders of the New School, with a standout verse on A Tribe Called Quest’s popular song Scenario. In 1996, he embarked on a successful solo career with his impressive debut single Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check, which reached the Top 10 charts in both the US and UK.
It started a string of impressive rap hits, using imagery of a post-apocalyptic world and often accompanied by visually stunning videos directed by Hype Williams. These included Gimme Some More, which sampled Psycho, Turn It Up/Fire It Up, which sampled Knight Rider, and Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See, which sampled Seals and Crofts. The collaboration with Janet Jackson, What’s It Gonna Be?!, successfully blended pop and R&B (and had one of the most expensive music videos ever made), while I Know What You Want achieved a similar success with Mariah Carey. Both songs reached the top 3 on the US charts, while rowdier tracks like Pass the Courvoisier and Break Ya Neck continue to be popular today.
During breaks from creating his own music, he collaborated with numerous other artists on their tracks – his impressive verse on Chris Brown’s Look at Me Now showcases his lyrical prowess. Additionally, he released a series of reggae and dancehall songs that paid homage to his cultural roots. He also mentored fellow rappers in the Flipmode Squad, took on co-production duties for his own songs, and pursued acting opportunities in movies like the reboot of Shaft starring Samuel L Jackson, Narc, and Halloween: Resurrection.
Following his successful 2020 return with the album “Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God,” Busta Rhymes is now releasing “Blockbusta” with a powerful trio of executive producers: Pharrell, Timbaland, and Swizz Beatz. To celebrate its release on November 24th, Busta will be responding to questions about his dynamic creative career. Share your questions in the comment section below before 3pm GMT on Monday, November 20th.