Busta Rhymes “The Coming” Anniversary Album Review

Busta Rhymes “The Coming” 20 Year Anniversary – Busta grew up in Brooklyn, New York but both his parents were from Jamaica. He moved to Long Island at age 12 and even lived in Liverpool England and Morecambe before returning back home and graduating high school in 1990 at Uniondale High School. He also attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School along with DMX, The Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z who he had battle rapped (and lost) against in the schools café. He teamed up with fellow Long Island artists Charlie Brown, Dinco D & Cut Monitor Milo and formed Leaders of the New School. They dropped a few albums and internal issues caused the group to break up. Soon after Busta went on a tear appearing on songs with Big Daddy Kane, Another Bad Creation, The Notorious B.I.G., Brand Nubian, A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, TLC and Mary J Blige. He even appeared in “Who’s The Man” with his former group members. His film career also featured him on “Strapped” which was an HBO film & the popular movie “Higher Learning” which featured Ice Cube and Omar Epps. Riding this high Busta showcased his skills in his infamous battle with Ol’ Dirty Bastard when he ripped out some lines from “Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check”. He soon after started to record for his debut album.

Busta dropped his debut album 20 years ago on March 26th 1996 thru Elektra Records. The album had production from DJ Scratch, Rick St. Hilaire, Easy Mo Bee, The Vibe Chemist Backspin, The Ummah and Busta himself. It also featured guest appearances from Lord Have Mercy, Rampage, Zhane’, Q-Tip, Jamal, Redman, Keith Murray, Leaders of the New School, and Spliff Star. The album reached as high as #6 on the Billboard charts and was certified platinum. The 2 singles released were “Woo-Hah!! Got You All in Check” and “It’s a Party” featuring Zhane’. Woo-Hah was the most popular song and hit #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was even nominated for a Grammy for the Best Rap Solo Performance in 1997. “Keep It Moving” was an important song as it is the last song that Busta and his former group Leaders of the New School would ever drop. Q-Tip helps to spread the “Ill Vibe” which was the track produced by The Ummah and contains a sample from “Dizzy” by Hugo Montenegro. “Still Shining” contains a sample from “Scenario (Remix)” by A Tribe Called Quest. “Flipmode Squad Meets Def Squad” was a conversion of 2 groups, which brought together Jamal, Redman, Keith Murray, and Rampage & Lord Have Mercy. Spliff Star makes his appearance on the last track “End of the World” and would end up being a staple for a few hit Busta singles in the coming years. The album still to this day is considered legendary in the hip-hop industry.

Johnny V

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