Thursday, July 5, 2012

Busta Rhymes

In an article I breezed through yesterday, the writer mentioned something about Busta Rhymes and made the comment "yes, he signed with Cash Money, remember?!"I'm really not checking for anything related to Young Money/Cash Money Records, and that does include Busta. I still believe that signing with that label was a bad decision all around, especially considering his longevity in hip hop (dating back to his beginnings with the Leaders of the New School), but I'm not going to spend the majority of this topic talking about that. I'm going to focus on his discography of course, and it goes without saying that Busta throughout most of his career has been exceptionally good on the mic. His energy was unmistakable, as he could get you hype at a moment's notice, and to quote Jay-Z, he certainly was animated (and that's no diss, that's just who he is). Lyrically he was very good, especially on guest appearances, and you could certainly count on him making something that would either make you think, bounce in a club or at a party, or make you laugh (at times). He had something for everyone, no question.

 "The Coming" was an excellent debut for Busta Rhymes and I still feel it's his best album."WOO-HAH" was one of the most popular singles that year and it definitely brings back memories anytime I play it today. He proved he could carry a solo album with this one.

Rating- 4 stars

5 favorite songs- Woo-Hah! Got You All In Check, Everything Remains Raw, Flipmode Squad Meets Def Squad, Still Shining, and It's A Party

 This was no sophomore jinx and it's the only album in Busta's discography that gives "The Coming" a run for its money. He was receiving more success this time around, as well as continuing to have a knack for very creative videos.

Rating- 4 stars

5 favorite songs- Rhymes Galore, So Hardcore, We Could Take It Outside, Things We Be Doin For Money (Part 1), and Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See

Busta kept his momentum going in 1998 with this very good release. I remember how crazy my long time friend Shaun and I went when we first heard "Gimme Some More". He did switch up his flow on that one, to great results.

Rating- 4 stars

5 favorite songs- Tear Da Roof Off, Gimme Some More, Party Over Here, Everybody Rise, and Do It To Death

This was slightly quietly released in 2000 and, while another very good album, it does give Busta's next album a run for its money regarding what his "most underrated album" is. Overall it wasn't on the level of his first three albums.

Rating- 3.5 stars

5 favorite songs- Make Noise, Why We Die, Heist, Live It Up, and A Trip Out Of Town

Much like his first 3 albums, "Genesis" carries a strong nostalgic vibe with me and again, this was another very good album from Busta, although it didn't make as much noise, other than a complete hit with Pharrell and P. Diddy on the remix to "Pass The Courvoisier", which sadly was NOT on this album.

Rating- 3.5 stars

5 favorite songs- Match The Name With The Voice, As I Come Back, Betta Stay Up in Your House, What It Is, and There's Only One

Now here's where Busta started to falter a little bit. In my opinion, he should've took a much needed hiatus after the "Genesis" album. This album was decent, but it was clearly not one of his best (rather forgettable if you ask me). Singles like the original and remix to "Make It Clap" and "I Know What You Want" largely came and went very quickly.

Rating- 2.5 stars

5 favorite songs- Call The Ambulance, Together, We Goin to Do It To Ya, Turn Me Up Some, and Taste It

Now this is what I'm talking about right here. Busta returned in 2006 with this album (another very good one) and he linked up with the legendary Dr. Dre for most of the production, which yielded great results. Most don't remember the very good chemistry he had with Dre and it showed on all the songs Dre did on this one. Remember the "Touch It (Remix)", which had EVERYONE on it (lol), and sadly, THAT didn't make this album either, smh.

Rating- 4 stars

5 favorite songs- Touch It, Don't Get Carried Away, NY S***, Goldmine, and Been Through The Storm

Oh God, this is clearly the worst album in Busta's discography on all levels. Not sure what direction he was attempting to take with this album, but it was a failure in my book. "Respect My Conglomerate" was dope, mostly because of the beat and the verses from Busta and Jadakiss. Oh, and thankfully I don't own this album, but I have heard it.

As I mentioned, I can't say that I'm anticipating his next album (his first with Young Money), "E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event) 2: End of the World)", because in my view it's going to be a case similar to Mobb Deep's "Blood Money" album with G-Unit. I personally don't think he fits with a label/crew like Young Money, but whatever the case may be, he has more than made his mark in hip hop.

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