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Busta Rhymes: Musical Evolution

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Busta Rhymes or Busta Rhymez is a hip hop musician and an actor; he was born on May 20, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York. His real name is Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr. The Busta Rhymes name was given to Trevor by Chuck D of Public Enemy when he saw him perform. The name is in honor of George “Buster” Rhymes, a former NFL player.

At the beginning of his career, Busta Rhymes was a member of a Hip Hop crew called Leaders of the New School. Other members of Leaders of the New School were Dinco D, C. Brown and Cut Monitor Milo. In 1991, they recorded an album with Elektra Records; it is called A Future Without a Past. Songs like “(Just Another) Case of The PTA” and “Sobb Story” gave them fame because of its humorous lyrics and dance beats.

In 1996, Elektra Records released The Coming, the first solo album of Busta Rhymes. The mix of reggae and hip hop of this album made it a complete success in the United States and in the United Kingdom. With the course of the years, the style of this rapper has changed dramatically; today, his albums are different than the ones of other rap artists. His albums after The Coming are: When Disaster Strikes, Extinction Level Event (Final World Front), Anarchy, Total Devastation: The Best of, Genesis, Turn It Up!: The Very Best of, It Ain’t Safe No More, The Artist Collection and The Big Bang.

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