When Disaster Strikes [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/1997
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075596206426
  • Catalog Number: 62064
  • Sales rank: 60,984

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (4:44)
  2. 2 The Whole World Lookin' at Me (3:26)
  3. 3 Survival Hungry (3:26)
  4. 4 When Disaster Strikes (3:25)
  5. 5 So Hardcore (4:51)
  6. 6 Get High Tonight (3:51)
  7. 7 Turn It Up (4:11)
  8. 8 Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See (3:14)
  9. 9 There's Not a Problem My Squad Can't Fix - Jamal (5:56)
  10. 10 We Could Take It Outside (4:48)
  11. 11 Rhymes Galore (2:33)
  12. 12 Things We Be Doin' for Money, Pt. 1 (3:18)
  13. 13 Things We Be Doin' for Money, Pt. 2 - Anthony Hamilton (4:56)
  14. 14 One - Erykah Badu (4:38)
  15. 15 Dangerous (3:37)
  16. 16 The Body Rock - Mase (5:33)
  17. 17 Get off My Block - Lord Have Mercy (3:58)
  18. 18 Outro (Preparation for the Final World Front) (2:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Busta Rhymes Primary Artist, Vocals
Rampage Vocals, Track Performer
Sean "Puffy" Combs Track Performer
DJ Scratch Vocals
Jamal Track Performer
Erykah Badu Track Performer
Anthony Hamilton Track Performer
Mase Track Performer
Rachelle Weston Vocals
Lord Have Mercy Vocals, Track Performer
Webb Welch Vocals
Rah Digga Vocals
Spliff Star Vocals
Fabulous Fab Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Easy Mo Bee Producer
Busta Rhymes Arranger, Executive Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs Producer
Darrol Durant Composer
Tony Maserati Engineer
Trevor Smith Composer
Rick Posada Executive Producer
DJ Scratch Arranger, Producer
8-Off the Assassin Producer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Buddah Producer
Ben Arrindell Engineer
Mikael Ifversen Engineer
The Ummah Producer
Alli Art Direction
Rashad Smith Producer
Vinny Nicoletti Engineer
Tom Passetti Engineer
Rockwilder Producer
Pete L. Producer
Shamello Producer
Clay Da Radier Producer
Omar Glover Producer
Epitomé Producer
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