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Name: Busta Rhymes  
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Date of Birth: 20th May 1972
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Profession: Actor
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Busta Rhymes

Trevor James Smith (born May 20, 1972), better known as Busta Rhymes, is an American hip hop musician and actor.

Of Jamaican heritage, Busta Rhymes was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Uniondale, New York. At 12 his family moved to Long Island where he met up with other MCs from the growing New York hip hop community.

Smith became well-known throughout the hip hop community with the release of his debut solo album The Coming, released by Elektra Records in 1996 after leaving the Leaders of the New School. The album's mix of ragga and hip hop made it a success, and it included the US and UK top 10 single "Woo-Hah!! Got You All In Check". The follow-up, When Disaster Strikes... was successful in the US and sold well overseas. The album produced two hugely popular singles and videos in America, "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" and "Dangerous". The third single, "Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up" (which featured a sample from the 'Knight Rider' theme) was less popular, but only just failed to top the UK charts and was a top 10 hit in Germany, establishing Rhymes as an international star.

The same year he released The Imperial as part of the Flipmode Squad, a collaborative project with rappers Rampage, Lord Have Mercy, Spliff Star, Rah Digga and Baby Sham. Rhymes' fascination with film informed the same year's Extinction Level Event: The Final World Front, which took its title from the disaster movie Deep Impact. The frenetic "Gimme Some More" reached number 5 in the UK singles chart in January 1999 (see 1999 in music). Rhymes enjoyed further transatlantic success in April when the single "What's It Gonna Be?!', featuring Janet Jackson, reached the US and UK Top 10. Rhymes has kept up his work rate, juggling his music career with his acting roles. In 2000 he worked on several movie projects, including the remake of Shaft, and released his final album for Elektra, Anarchy.

After leaving Elektra, Rhymes signed to J Records, a new label started by recently ousted Arista chief and founder Clive Davis. In 2001 he released a greatest hits record alongside a new album of original work. Continuing the apocalyptic theme of his previous albums, he titled his record Genesis. The aptly titled Genesis gave Busta Rhymes a rebirth of success with the hit singles "Break Ya Neck" and "Pass the Courvoisier" produced by well-known hip-hop producers Dr. Dre and The Neptunes, respectively.

On November 26, 2002 Busta Rhymes released his 6th studio album It Ain't Safe No More. Its first single, "Make It Clap," was a moderate hit and had a popular remix featuring a sample from Eric B. and Rakims hit song "Eric B. is President", along with a remix video, which featured Sean Paul and gave the song an even more reggae-inspired flavor. The second single, a duet with Mariah Carey, entitled "I Know What You Want" has been more successful. It reached the top ten of Billboard's pop singles chart and the top ten in rap radio airplay.

Busta Rhymes has recently signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment and will release his newest album, The Big Bang. Some of the album was leaked over the Internet, forcing the record label to place the album in high security to prevent it from being leaked again. There is no official release date.

Busta has appeared in several films, including Full Clip, Finding Forrester, Halloween: Resurrection and the 2000 version of Shaft, among others.



  • 1996 The Coming #6 US
  • 1997 When Disaster Strikes #3 US, #34 UK
  • 1998 Extinction Level Event (Final World Front) #12 US
  • 2000 Anarchy #4 US, #38 UK
  • 2001 Total Devastation: The Best of
  • 2001 Genesis #7 US
  • 2002 Turn It Up!: The Very Best of
  • 2002 It Ain't Safe No More #43 US
  • 2004 The Artist Collection
  • 2005 The Big Bang


Year Title Chart Positions Album
US Hot 100 US R&B/Hip-Hop UK Singles Chart
1996 "Woo Ha!! Got You All in Check" (feat. Rampage) #8 - #8 The Coming
1996 "It's a Party" (feat. Zhane) - - #23 The Coming
1997 "Hit 'em High (The Monstars' Anthem)" (with B-Real, Coolio, LL Cool J & Method Man - - #8  ??
1997 "Do My Thing" - - #39 The Coming
1997 "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" - - #16 When Disaster Strikes
1997 "Dangerous" #9 - #32 When Disaster Strikes
1998 "Turn It Up (Remix) - Fire It Up" #10 - #2  ??
1998 "One" (feat. Erykah Badu) - - #23 When Disaster Strikes
1999 "Gimme Some More" - - #5 Extinction Level Event (The Final World Front)
1999 "What's It Gonna Be" (feat. Janet Jackson) #3 - #6 Extinction Level Event (The Final World Front)
2002 "Break Ya Neck" #26 - #11 Genesis
2002 "Pass the Courvoisier, Part II" (with P. Diddy & Pharrell Williams) #11 - #16 Genesis
2003 "Make It Clap" (feat. Spliff Star) - - #16 It Ain't Safe No More
2003 "I Know What You Want" (feat. Mariah Carey & Flipmode Squad) #3 - #3 It Ain't Safe No More
2005 "Where's Your Money" (feat. O.D.B.) - #65 -  ??
2005 "Touch It" - - -  ??


  • Download sample "Abandon Ship" (with Rampage), from The Coming

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