BUSTA RHYMES “GIMME SOME MORE” (Anniversary): Busta Rhymes has had an extremely successful hip hop career, and is well known for his animated videos which highlight his high speed rhyming and larger than life persona. His third album “E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front” was released near the end of 1998 and was a follow up to his first two albums which all have an apocalyptic theme to them. “The Coming” (1996), Busta’s debut album, featured the hit single “Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check” w/ Rampage. Busta’s high speed alliterations drew the attention of hip hop fans and artists alike. His follow up “When Disaster Strikes…” (1997) had 2 big hits “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” and “Dangerous”. Both are powerful songs that have memorable videos which have been etched in our minds.
When “Gimme Some More” dropped on August 26th 1998 (17 Years ago today) fans expected another crazy video especially when Busta himself decided to direct alongside Hype Williams and it did not disappoint. Busta is known for his slow motion camera shots which are shot thru a fish-eye lens. Busta appears in the video dressed as many different characters. A stock broker, boxer, miner, police officer, body builder, pimp, & a pistol-toting Yosemite Sam-like Texan make up the many faces Busta wears in the video. It was nominated for “Breakthrough Video Of The Year” at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards. The single was produced by DJ Scratch and featured samples of the violin riffs that were apart of the main beat for Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” composed by Bernard Herrmann. The song was nominated for a Grammy in 2000 for the Best Rap Solo Performance but ended up getting beat out by Eminem’s “My Name Is”. Busta debuted the song in dramatic fashion when he performed it on Saturday Night Live with The Roots. Although he had some singles that received more commercial success “Gimme Some More” ended up being certified as 2X Platinum which isn’t too shabby!