17 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Executive produced by Dr. Dre, The Big Bang is as spacious, muscular, and finely calibrated as a high-end SUV. Busta Rhymes turned out to be the perfect partner for Dre, as both believe in spiking their hyper-masculine hip-hop with a dash of mischief. The beats are more regimented than previous Busta Rhymes records, but that only lets Busta overlay his own tricky rhythms on “Touch It,” “Don’t Get Carried Away,” and the uproarious “Get Down”—one of Timbaland’s most entertaining productions. And given Dre’s influence, the guests are impressive, especially Rick James’s posthumous turn on “In the Ghetto.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Executive produced by Dr. Dre, The Big Bang is as spacious, muscular, and finely calibrated as a high-end SUV. Busta Rhymes turned out to be the perfect partner for Dre, as both believe in spiking their hyper-masculine hip-hop with a dash of mischief. The beats are more regimented than previous Busta Rhymes records, but that only lets Busta overlay his own tricky rhythms on “Touch It,” “Don’t Get Carried Away,” and the uproarious “Get Down”—one of Timbaland’s most entertaining productions. And given Dre’s influence, the guests are impressive, especially Rick James’s posthumous turn on “In the Ghetto.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
347 Ratings
347 Ratings
S.L.

Worth The Wait

It took Busta a couple of years to record and compile the songs for the album and it was well worth the wait. I wouldn't jump the gun and call this album a classic, but it is a masterpiece in it's own right. One thing that stands out about this album is Busta's ability to give each track it's own unique identity. He attempts to touch every genre in Hip Hop and succeeds. What's surprising is that the abundance of guest appearances actually help the CD. With help from The Chef (Goldmine), Nas (Don't Get Carried Away), Missy, Floetry and a slew of others, the album came together nicely. Some surprising features are Rick James (In The Ghetto) & Stevie Wonder (Been Through The Storm). However, there were a couple of tracks that Busta left off the album either due to sample clearances or just simply left off that deserved to be on this album. Most noteably "Where's My Money" feat. ODB. Nevertheless, it is a superb album, and one of the best offerings from NYC this year.

MH3000Hard

Hip Hop Is Back

I have been waitng on some of the real hip hop to get back on the scene.... listening to all of the gangsta im going to kill u rap is ok...but I have been waitng on the soul of hip hop to return. Finally Busta Rymes has come back on the scene and just in the knick of time in my opinion. His style is revamped and better than ever. This could be the beginning of the return of true hip hop at his finest.

NJ SmurF!

Instanst Classic!

This without a doubt the hottest CD of 06, prolly the hottest CD of the last fe years.It was 100% amazin, heres honestly not a song I cant listen to.The only song on here that isnt great is Touch It, only because im sick of that song now.Honestly, this song might bring back the East.And with Ice cube, Banks and other G-unit artists, Rakim, and maybe even Dre, the South aint looking good lol.But the only CD thats close 2 this so far is King by T.I., Ghostface-Fishscale, and Ice Cube-Laugh Now cry Later.But I honestly think this is the best outta all them.

-+~TOP SONGS~+-

I Love My B**ch...Great song, hot beat n a great video
Been Through the Sorm-an amazing beat with real lyrics, deep song
In The Ghetto-Great song another deep one
Don't Get Carried Away-NaS was amazing, great lyrics, 3rd best on the CD
Goldmine-hot song and Raekwon was great on it
New ork S***-"I represent my Giants,Jets,and New York Knicks"Damn!2nd best song

but every song on this CD is absoultly amazing.No southern artists, Lil jon beats, just pure NY.But the best song on this CD is...

Legend of the fall Offs-AMAZING SONG,Has a dark beat with dark lyrics.im not gonna spoil it for u, but he goes at another NY legend, he doesnt mention he name thou,so try n figure it out.hes coming at sum1 also releasing a CD soon, and an old ny legend.I love the artist hes coming at, but still an amazing song

COP THIS CD,if u only can buy one CD, buy this.REAL RAP, and the best CD of 06.COP IT!!!

About Busta Rhymes

One of the most idiosyncratic personalities in rap -- with his halting, ragga-inspired style and incredible complexity, inventiveness, and humor -- Busta Rhymes formed Leaders of the New School in 1990 and released two albums with the group before breaking out with a 1996 solo hit single, "Woo-Hah!! Got You All in Check."

Born in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, in 1972 of Jamaican heritage (a definite influence on his rapping style), Busta moved to Long Island in 1983 and, at Uniondale High School, met up with MCs Charlie Brown, Dinco D., and Cut Monitor Milo. Inspired by fellow Long Islanders Public Enemy and Eric B. & Rakim, the foursome united as Leaders of the New School and signed a deal with Elektra Records right out of the gate, when Busta was only 17 years old. Much respected in the hip-hop underground for their Afrocentric philosophy and tough rapping styles, Leaders of the New School debuted in 1991 with Future Without a Past... but released only one more album, 1993's T.I.M.E., before breaking up the following year.

Out on his own for the first time, Busta called on some friends, appearing on A Tribe Called Quest's "Scenario," the incredible remix of Craig Mack's "Flava in Ya Ear" (also featuring Notorious B.I.G. and LL Cool J), as well as other projects with Boyz II Men, Mary J. Blige, and TLC. He appeared in the 1995 John Singleton film Higher Learning and earned a solo contract with Elektra. Busta's first album, The Coming, proved a huge hit; the single "Woo-Hah!! Got You All in Check" hit the Top Ten and pushed the album into gold record territory. His second album, When Disaster Strikes, debuted at number three in September 1997. Extinction Level Event followed a year later, and in mid-2000 Busta released Anarchy while appearing on the silver screen in a remake of the blaxploitation classic Shaft. It Ain't Safe No More arrived in 2002 and the Aftermath-released The Big Bang followed in 2006. Creative differences with Interscope kept his career on hold until 2009 when Back on My B.S. became his first album for Universal/Motown.

Subsequent label issues would delay a proper follow-up until three years later. During that time, Busta appeared on tracks with Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Tiësto, Diplo, Twista, Fat Joe, and Kanye West. He signed with Cash Money in 2011, but the union was brief: Busta would later part ways with the label. In 2012, he released his ninth effort, Year of the Dragon, as a free digital download. The album featured Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, and Gucci Mane, among others. A joint EP with Eminem and Everlast titled Calm Down: The Clash arrived in 2014.

In 2016, Busta featured on "My Shot" from the chart-topping Hamilton Mixtape. That same year, he released the Return of the Dragon: The Abstract Went on Vacation mixtape just in time for the holidays. The collection contained a stacked roster of guests including Fabolous, Jadakiss, and Styles P, O.T. Genasis, Chance the Rapper, Mary J. Blige, Raekwon, MF Doom, and Busta's original crew, Leaders of the New School, on the track "We Home." The following year, he issued the track "Girlfriend" with Vybz Kartel and Tory Lanez. ~ John Bush

HOMETOWN
New York, NY [Brooklyn]
BORN
May 20, 1972

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