Trevor Taheim Smith, Jr. (born on May 20, 1972), better known as Busta Rhymes, is an American hip hop musician and actor. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the name Busta Rhymes (from former NFL football player George “Buster” Rhymes) after watching him perform.
Trevor John Smith was born in Brooklyn, New York, and is of Jamaican heritage. At the age of 12, his family moved to Uniondale, a suburb of New York City on Long Island, where he was raised and eventually met up with other rappers from the growing New York area hip hop community. He graduated from George Westinghouse High School Downtown Brooklyn, the same high school attended by famous MC’s Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z.
After finishing his schooling years at George Westinghouse High School he family moved England after a rival gang from another school ran then out of the area. Busta Rhymes (Trevor John Smith) became a big swimming fan and atempted to set new records in the 100 meters at liverpool university. He then finished university in trade, Perorming arts, and a b-tech in sports.
Trevor then moved up north to a county called lancashire were he got a part time life guard job at a local swimming pool near his home town of lancaster. In 1990 busta decided to move back to the U.S.A to become a rapper as he become talented on the streets of liverpool and a small town called morecambe.
Leaders of the New School: Busta Rhymes’ musical career began as a member of the Hip Hop crew Leaders of the New School along with fellow Long Island, natives C. Brown, Dinco D and Cut Monitor Milo. They began recording in 1991 with the album A Future Without a Past (Elektra Records), and soon gained an amount of fame.
Native Tongues Posse: Many influential and successful Hip Hop crews of the early 90′s with styles comparable to The Leaders of The New School were located in and around the border between the Queens borough of New York City and counties of Long Island. Soon after their debut The leaders of The New School became associated with the Native Tongues Posse, which led to the group’s collaboration with A Tribe Called Quest on the single “Scenario.”
Busta Rhymes’ performance on “Scenario” is thought of by some as the performance which led to his becoming a fan favorite and eventually going solo. The Leaders Of The New School released their last album T.I.M.E. in 1993, after which Busta Rhymes began his solo career.
Busta Rhymes’ debut solo album The Coming was released by Elektra Records in 1996. The album was a mix of ragga and hip hop, and it included the US and UK top 10 single “Woo-Hah!! Got You All in Check.” His 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 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.
1998 brought Extinction Level Event (Final World Front), the theme of which was an assertion that the world would end in the year 2000. Its single, “Gimme Some More”–which sampled Bernard Herrmann’s theme from Psycho reached number 5 in the UK singles chart in January, 1999.
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. 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. This album featured a hit by The Neptunes called “Pass the Courvoisier,” and the first work Busta did with Dr. Dre.
In 2002, Busta Rhymes released his sixth studio album It Ain’t Safe No More. The album was moderately successful, with a hit song featuring Mariah Carey called “I Know What You Want,” though fans claimed that his music was becoming more club-oriented and watered down. After its release, he left J Records. In 2004, he signed with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment.
In November of 2005, Busta Rhymes cut off his trademark dreadlocks during a photo shoot in a New York barbershop owned by producer Cory Rooney. The shop is featured on an MTV show titled The Shop. “I started growing [my hair] in December ’89. I was 17,” he said. “I signed my [record] deal and said I ain’t combing my hair no more. I don’t have to.” He says the haircut was symbolic of a change in his music and the new record deal.
2006 has seen the release of his seventh studio album, The Big Bang. The cd became his first #1 album of his entire career. The CD sold over 209,000 copies in its first week to earn the top spot on the charts. The album also became his highest charting album in the UK, peaking at #19 there. Some of the album was leaked on the internet, and as a result several songs were left off the album and new ones added.
The Big Bang featured more production by Dr. Dre than Busta’s previous releases and appearances by Raekwon and Nas. Three singles from the album have been released so far, “Touch It”, “I Love My Chick”, featuring Kelis and Will.I.Am of The Black Eyed Peas and New York Shit.
Style: Rhymes has an atypical and distinguishable style. He is known by fans for versatility in flow, delivery and subject matter. Probably his most well known trademark is the roars and grunts such as “Woo-Hah”, “Ha!”, “Bwah!” that serve as his adlibs, along with his distinguishable voice.
Busta has made a habit of appearing on other artists’ songs to do only the hook, bridge or chorus; he has done this for artists such as Big Pun (“Parental Discretion”), Black Moon (“The Onslaught”), Nas (“Suicide Bounce”), Puff Daddy and Notorious B.I.G. (“Victory”), The Game (“Like Father, Like Son”) and Obie Trice (“Oh!”).
Busta released his eighth studio album Back on My B.S. on May 19, 2009 via Universal Motown. The album debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200, selling 56,000 copies, and was his first album to not receive an RIAAcertification, selling 122,000 copies to date. The singles that have been released from the album are, “Arab Money”, featuring Ron Browz, “Hustler’s Anthem ’09″, featuring T-Pain and “Respect My Conglomerate”. The song “World Go Round”, featuring British singer Estelle, was released in France on April 6, 2009 due to the heavy rotation of a leaked version. The single was released in the UK on July 13, 2009.
Busta announced that he is working on his upcoming ninth studio album entitled The Chemo. He says that his next project is 80 percent finished. Canadian producer Boi-1da is currently working on the album. New York rapper Busta Rhymes has reportedly changed the title of his forthcoming Chemo album to Extinction.Level.Event.2.
The trend of album sequel continues with Busta Rhymes as the New York staple plans another chapter from his 1998 opus E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front. Busta’s manager Chris Lighty sent out the message via Twitter. Lighty simply said, “Extinction.Level.Event 2 ……prepare yourself.” Like the first, E.L.E. 2 is inspired by movies of impending destruction and doom on planet Earth, Lighty said. “From the Intro of the new Busta Album your going to know your in trouble and you just turned on 2012 the movie on warp speed,” he said.
DJ Premier, in a recent Aug 6th 2010 interview on Conspiracy Worldwide Radio said Busta Rhymes has received over eight beats which he didn’t want to use but Premier hoped his next beat would be chosen for inclusion on the album.