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Busta Rhymes
Busta Rhymes
Busta Rhymes appeared on The Wayans Bros. as himself in the episode titled "Busta Rhymes Saves The Day" in season Five.

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Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr.

Born

(1972-05-20) May 20, 1972 (age 45)

Birthplace

Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

Occupation

Rapper, recording artist, actor, voice over artist

Musical genre

Hip hop music, east coast rap, R&B

Years active

1989–present

Record labels

Conglomerate, Elektra, Aftermath, Universal Motown, Cash Money Records

Appearance on The Wayans Bros.

as himself in Busta Saves The Day in season 5

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Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr., (born May 20, 1972),[1] better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, appeared as himself the the season 5 episode titled Busta Saves The Day. A multifaceted entertainer, rapper, producer and actor, rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy christened him with the alias Busta Rhymes after NFL wide receiver George "Buster" Rhymes. Early in his career, he was known for his wild style and fashion, and today is best known for his intricate rapping technique, which involves rapping at a fast rate with lots of internal rhyme and half rhyme, and to date has received eleven Grammy Award nominations for his musical work. About.com included him on its list of the 50 Greatest MCs of Our Time (1987–2007),[2] while Steve Huey of Allmusic called him one of the best and most prolific rappers of the '90s.[3] In 2012, The Source Magazine placed him on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time.[4] MTV has called him "one of hip-hop's greatest visual artists."[5] He was both a member of the rap group Leaders of the New School and a founding member of the label and group Flipmode AKA the Conglomerate.

Early lifeEdit

Busta was born in Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to Jamaican parents Geraldine Green and Trevor Smith, Sr. in 1972. At age 12 he moved to Uniondale, Long Island, NY[6], and later attended Uniondale High School, graduating in 1991[7]. Smith attended [[George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School, alongsides fellow rappers Jay-Z, DMX and The Notorious B.I.G.[8][9][10][11]

Recent musical worksEdit

In 2009. Busta announced that he was working on his tenth studio album, alongside Canadian producer Boi-1da, entitled The Chemo. He says that his next project is 80 percent finished.[12] Busta has reportedly changed the title of his forthcoming Chemo album to Extinction.Level.Event.2 (E.L.E. 2).[13] Some new songs are being considered for the album, including "C'mon (Catch 'Em By Surprise) by Tiësto and DJ Diplo and "Look at Me Now" alongside R&B singer Chris Brown and Lil Wayne.

In 2011, Rhymes recorded "Look at Me Now" with Chris Brown and Lil Wayne on Brown's fourth album, F.A.M.E., the song has received favorable reviews regarding Rhymes guest verse on the song, and is his highest chart entry on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number six, while reaching number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, becoming his first #1 on that chart. On September 7, 2011, Rhymes received six nominations for the BET Hip Hop Awards, held on October 11, 2011.

On May 1, 2011 Rhymes appeared on the launch show for MNET's Big Brother Africa 6: Amplified and performed some of his songs.

In 2011, Busta Rhymes performed at the Gathering of the Juggalos.[14]

Acting CareerEdit

Busta has appeared in a number of films (including the 2000 Shaft film, The Rugrats Movie, Finding Forrester, Halloween: Resurrection, Higher Learning and Full Clip) and TV shows (including Cosby, The Boondocks, and The Steve Harvey Show).[15][16][17][18][19] Busta Rhymes also recorded the voiceover for the character Magic in the EA video game Def Jam: Fight for New York.

ReferencesEdit

  1. AllMusic.com
  2. "Top 50 MCs of Our Time: 1987 - 2007 - 50 Greatest Emcees of Our Time". Rap.about.com. 2012-01-26. http://rap.about.com/od/toppicks/ss/Top50Emcees_3.htm. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  3. Huey, Steve (2000-06-20). "Anarchy - Busta Rhymes". AllMusic. http://www.allmusic.com/album/anarchy-r486345/review. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  4. http://www.myjestikblog.com/2012/07/03/source-ranks-top-50-lyricists/
  5. http://rapfix.mtv.com/2012/08/28/busta-rhymes-put-your-hands-where-my-eyes-could-see-inspired-by-diddy-q-tip/
  6. http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Busta-Rhymes-Biography/E01C9152440DE73C482568A50013A40A
  7. http://www.knowhiphop.com/busta-rhymes/bio/101.htm
  8. USA Weekend.com, 2011 - Dead link, October 2011.
  9. "Busta Rhymes Biography". Filmreference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/61/Busta-Rhymes.html. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  10. Century, Douglas (January 26, 2002). "Rhymes and reason". The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2002/jan/26/weekend7.weekend2. Retrieved April 27, 2010. 
  11. "Mom of star rapper Busta Rhymes loses 145 pounds, shows there's hope for others fighting obesity". Jet. 2004. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1355/is_21_106/ai_n7580052/. 
  12. "Busta Rhymes Brings Chemo To Hip Hop | Busta Rhymes". Rap Basement. 2009-09-02. http://www.rapbasement.com/busta-rhymes/090209-busta-rhymes-says-hes-80-percent-done-with-new-the-chemo-album.html. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  13. "Busta Rhymes Changes Title Of New Album | Busta Rhymes". Rap Basement. 2010-05-10. http://www.rapbasement.com/busta-rhymes/051010-busta-rhymes-changes-title-of-new-album-from-chemo-to-extinction-level-event-2-watch-here.html. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  14. "Video: 2011 Gathering Of The Juggalos Infomercial". Ilpvideo.com. 2011-06-18. http://ilpvideo.com/video.php?v=MjQ5NjA. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  15. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1426758/busta-rhymes-expands-film-resume-with-shaft-madonna-projects.jhtml
  16. http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2004/4/28/o-busta-where-art-thou-in/
  17. http://www.bet.com/topics/b/busta-rhymes.html
  18. Susman, Gary (July 22, 2002). "Bad Rap". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,322706,00.html. 
  19. http://bossip.com/100124/busta-rhymes-would-gladly-trade-rap-for-tv-career

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