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He's been called "hip hop's most original voice." Inventive, individual, influential, insightful and idiosyncratic, Busta is clearly a music world and hip hop heavyweight. In addition to hits like "Woo-Hah!," "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" and "Gimme Some More," Busta, the actor, has been bringin' heat to several major movies. He's up for a Grammy next week. Now he's ready to bust out bigger than ever.
Brian Vibberts; Patrick Gordon; Vinny Nicoletti; Tim Nitz; Mauricio Iragorri; Brian Garten
Number of Discs
77m : 7s
Mary J. Blige
The Flipmode Squad
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Busta Rhymes, Rah Digga, P.Diddy, Jaheim, Kelis, Mary J. Blige, Kokane, Flipmode Squad.
Producers include: Nottz, Dilla, Just Blaze, The Neptunes, Dre.
"Pass The Courvoisier Part II" was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.
Personnel: Dolemite, P. Moore, k., Kelis (vocals); Mike Elizondo (electric guitar); Scott Spencer Storch (keyboards, keyboard bass); Camara Kambon (keyboards); Truth Hurts (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Dr? ; Vinny Nicoletti; Ken "Duro" Ifill; Pete Rock; Brian Springer.
Recording information: Armoury Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Daddy's House, New York, NY; Enterprise Studios, New York, NY; MasterSound Studios, Virginia Beach, VA; Record One, Woodland Hills, CA; Right Track Recording Studios, New York, NY; Soundtrack Studios, New York, NY.
Photographer: Dean Karr.
Arrangers: Pharrell Williams; Chad Hugo .
With his rough-hewn voice, edgy delivery, and hard-hitting lyrical scenarios, hip-hop icon Busta Rhymes has never been one to tread softly. GENESIS is no exception; on this album, Busta pretty much keeps to his strengths, spitting out tongue-twisting rhymes with an almost startling facility atop beats that are both texturally inviting and danceably funky. Despite his no-holds-barred style, though, there's more to Busta than thug-life/gangsta scenes. Anybody who can pull off a tune like "Pass the Courvosier" and make it a duet with P. Diddy no less, has obviously been living the high life long enough to know that hooks and accessibility are of equal import to the upfront style for which Rhymes is famous.
Brooklyn-born rapper Busta Rhymes first came to prominence in the early 1990s as a member of the Leaders of The New School, whose two albums found a place in the hearts of many hardcore hip-hop fans. Later in the decade, he embarked on the solo career that was inevitable, considering his talent, charisma, and unique style, with his distinctive brand of in-your-face, dancehall-flavored rhyming sticking out among the sound-alike MCs. He continued his style of apocalyptic imagery funneled through a hard-partying attitude into the 21st century, releasing the excellent THE BIG BANG in 2006.
Rolling Stone (1/17/02, pp.48,50) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...GENESIS backs up his undeniable vocal substance with beats that sustain his willfully overstated style....its peaks prove Busta ain't broken yet..."
Q (2/02, p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Busta's gruff, urgent voice remains a potent instrument in the right setting..."
Everybody Rise Again
As I Come Back
Shut 'Em Down 2002
Betta Stay Up In Your House - (featuring Rah Digga)
We Got What You Want
Pass The Courvoisier - (featuring P. Diddy)
Break Ya Neck
Bounce (Let Me See Ya Throw It)
Wife In Law - (featuring Jaheim)
A** On Your Shoulders - (featuring Kokane)
Make It Hurt
What It Is - (featuring Kelis)
There's Only One - (featuring Mary J. Blige)
You Ain't F***in' Wit Me
Match The Name With The Voice - (featuring Flipmode Squad)