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When Disaster Strikes [Bonus Track]
     

When Disaster Strikes [Bonus Track]

by Busta Rhymes
 

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Busta Rhymes' second album, When Disaster Strikes, is a sprawling, often brilliant mess that confirmed his status as one of hip-hop's most singular characters. Restraint isn't Rhymes' strong suit, and thus the album careens from sheer genius to repetitive indulgence and right back again. When Rhymes is on, there's no one like him, and when he isn't, it's like

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Busta Rhymes' second album, When Disaster Strikes, is a sprawling, often brilliant mess that confirmed his status as one of hip-hop's most singular characters. Restraint isn't Rhymes' strong suit, and thus the album careens from sheer genius to repetitive indulgence and right back again. When Rhymes is on, there's no one like him, and when he isn't, it's like the calm before the storm. Fortunately, he's on most of the time on When Disaster Strikes, helped out by what would become his favorite theme for the next several years: the coming apocalypse. Even if the concept doesn't carry through the entire album, When Disaster Strikes is framed as a pre-millennium party spinning out of control, sort of like the dark side of Prince's "1999." Rhymes presides over the chaos like a mad master of ceremonies, running amok with his posse at his back (there are countless shout-outs to the Flipmode Squad). It's a hugely effective persona when paired with Rhymes' caffeinated, herky-jerky flow, and helped prove he was more than just a novelty. The album's two big hit singles, "Dangerous" and the creepy "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See," are terrific, but there are more than a few moments that are just as inspired. The second half of the album slows down the momentum somewhat, with a bevy of guests, collaborations, and posse cuts; a few offer some welcome variety, but often they don't replace Rhymes' manic energy with anything quite as exciting. Still, nearly every rap album from this era has its share of filler, and it doesn't prevent When Disaster Strikes from ranking as arguably Rhymes' definitive original album. [Elektra's 1998 reissue included one bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Warner Bros Uk
UPC:
0075596226028
catalogNumber:
962260
Rank:
87395

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Busta Rhymes   Primary Artist
Fabulous Fab   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Easy Mo Bee   Producer
Busta Rhymes   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Costume Design
Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey   Composer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer,Producer
Latief   Producer
Tony Maserati   Engineer
T. Smith   Composer
Rick Posada   Executive Producer
DJ Scratch   Producer
Ben Arrindell   Engineer
Ummah   Producer
Alli   Art Direction,Logo
Rashad Smith   Producer
Mike Ifversen   Engineer
Vinny Nicoletti   Engineer
Tom Passetti   Engineer
Rockwilder   Producer
Shamello   Producer
Spliff Star   Producer
Epitomé   Producer
Michael Cleveland   Composer
A. McNair   Composer
R. Fisher   Composer
G. Spivey   Composer
F. Stonewall   Composer
C. Delaney Jr   Composer
8-Off   Producer
C. Dorsey   Composer
A. Green   Composer
R. Munroe   Composer
W. Lewis   Composer
W. Notise   Composer
J. Bridges   Composer
T. Nixon   Composer
Clarence Dorsey   Producer
James Yancey   Composer
Trevor Smith   Composer

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