Still a banger even over 20 years after.
Today has come the time to wish one of my favorite rappers, Busta Rhymes, happy 20th birthday for his solo debut album The Coming, and what a hell of first record that was!
If you paid attention to Busta Rhymes (born Trevor Tahiem Smith) from his early days when he was one of the members of the Leaders Of the New School you would have guessed we weren’t going to get rid of this talented, quick mouthed, young MC any time soon.
After a few years with the group, Busta started featuring in tracks of major artists such as Biggie, A Tribe Called Quest, TLC and many more. Shortly after he began exploring what the world outside the group had to offer, he probably realized that he didn’t need to share the spotlight, money and groupies with the 3 other kids of the Leaders and thought that he was skilled enough to walk on his own, and boy was he correct.
The Coming was a worldwide success, going platinum and featuring multiple hits with a number of already well established guest stars and a variety of top notch producers.
If you don’t know the album at all, I can name a few songs you need to give a listen to: first off I suggest ‘Keep it Movin’ with ex band members from LONS: I love the rawness, the beat is just sick and I’m also a sucker for a reunion.
The best effort hands down is obviously ‘Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check’ which is also the first single from this record, Busta here is in the prime of his artistry and weirdness - fashion weirdness I should add, recently he is weird for throwing protein drinks at gym employees. Behind the camera is visual genius Hype Williams (whatever happened to him!? Dude was the best!) and in the beginning of the video you can hear a snippet of ‘Everything Remains Raw’, another great tune. Finally, you can’t go past ‘Ill Vibe’ feat. Q-Tip, just give it a listen, trust me.
Undeniably The Coming is great now as it was 20 years ago, and the people that say Busta lost all his talent when he cut the dreadlocks, need a reality check. After more than a quarter of a century in the game he still kills every track he’s in, so stop hating and concentrate more on him and a bit less to that Fetty Wap crap yes?