Best of Busta Rhymes

Best of Busta Rhymes

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One of the most gifted and instantly recognizable rappers of the '90s, Busta Rhymes parlayed a madcap personality and seemingly inexhaustible energy into stardom during an era when hip-hop was dominated by gangstas and materialism. Busta's music sounded fairly distinctive -- herky-jerky funk laced with offbeat samples and eerie, apocalyptic production touches -- but… See more details below

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One of the most gifted and instantly recognizable rappers of the '90s, Busta Rhymes parlayed a madcap personality and seemingly inexhaustible energy into stardom during an era when hip-hop was dominated by gangstas and materialism. Busta's music sounded fairly distinctive -- herky-jerky funk laced with offbeat samples and eerie, apocalyptic production touches -- but the star of the show was his wildly off-kilter, dancehall-influenced flow, which was really like nothing else in rap. Still, despite many astounding individual moments, his albums were so sprawling that none really maintained their momentum from start to finish, making him an excellent candidate for a best-of. The 18 cuts collected on Rhino's chronologically arranged The Best of Busta Rhymes are chosen as well as one could hope, spanning all the singles and vitally necessary cuts from his four platinum solo albums (although diehards might find a personal favorite missing). There's also the hit non-LP reworking of "Turn It Up" (with new lyrics and a "Knight Rider" sample), plus two singles from the classic Leaders of the New School debut Future Without a Past. The leap in his technique from the LONS cuts to the brilliant "Woo-Hah!! Got You All in Check" is startling, but the collection's true revelation is the way it brings Busta's versatility into its sharpest focus yet. There's plenty of his trademark mania, of course, but there are also softer collaborations with female singers, dance-oriented club tracks, and creepy, more subdued mood pieces. Since this is only Busta's best, things never fly off in too many different directions, and fans who might miss the out-of-control feel of his albums may also find it easier to realize that whatever Busta tries, his rhymes remain as dizzyingly intricate and witty as ever. The Best of Busta Rhymes paints as definitive a portrait as possible of one of rap's most electrifying talents, but, more than that, it's simply an irresistible listen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2001
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0081227436223
catalogNumber:
74362

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Busta Rhymes   Primary Artist
Janet Jackson   Background Vocals
Leaders of the New School   Track Performer
Zhané   Background Vocals
Darrell "Delite" Allamby   Musician
Antoinette Roberson   Background Vocals
Erykah Badu   Track Performer
Rachelle Weston   Vocals
Kenny Dickerson   Percussion
Fabulous Fab   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Darrell "Delite" Allamby   Arranger,Producer
Easy Mo Bee   Arranger,Producer
Busta Rhymes   Arranger,Producer
Armando Colon   Producer
Mike Mangini   Engineer
Christopher Shaw   Engineer
Scott Spencer Storch   Producer
Eric "Vietnam" Sadler   Producer
DJ Scratch   Arranger,Producer
Peter Darmi   Engineer
Rick St. Hillaire   Engineer
Cut Monitor Milo   Producer
Dominick Barbera   Engineer
Ben Arrindell   Arranger,Engineer
Rashad Smith   Producer
Andy Blakelock   Engineer
Mike Ifversen   Engineer
Vinny Nicoletti   Engineer
Rockwilder   Producer
Kenny Dickerson   Arranger
Shamello   Producer
Spliff Star   Producer
Swizz Beatz   Arranger
Robert Burnette   Engineer
Patrick Gordon   Engineer
Nottz   Producer

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