June 22, 2006 |
IDIOSYNCRATIC rapper Busta Rhymes has the bestselling album in the country this week with "The Big Bang," which sold 209,000 copies its first week in stores. It was a big drop to second place where the Dixie Chicks album "Taking the Long Way" finished by selling 130,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which tracks music retail sales.
June 18, 2000 |
When he's not revved up and virtually exploding, Busta Rhymes becomes an all-too-typical rapper. And for too much of his fourth album (due Tuesday), the New Yorker comes off as serene and mildly interesting. Rhymes tones down his boisterous ways on such selections as the understated "Show Me What You Got" and the mid-tempo "Get Out!!" These subdued moments are offset by a handful of cuts in which Rhymes becomes the hyper, talented rapper of his previous outings.
September 19, 1998 |
Known as much for his outlandish outfits, vibrant videos and loudmouthed tirades at music award shows as he is for his fiery brand of party-flavored hip-hop, Busta Rhymes is more than a simple jester. Leaders of the New School, his first group, released two critically acclaimed albums in the early '90s, and both of his solo albums, 1996's "The Coming" and 1997's "When Disaster Strikes," have sold more than 700,000 units. Now it's time for the dreadlocked New Yorker to branch out.
December 13, 1998 |
Busta Rhymes may be hip-hop's reigning merry prankster, but he knows that his slapstick shtick has a very limited shelf life unless he backs it up with inventive grooves. 1997's "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" did just that, pitting his seriocomic rant against a minimalist, insidiously funky backdrop. Rhymes' third album (in stores Tuesday) finds the dreadlocked rapper still turning verbal somersaults with the proverbial lampshade on his head.
May 26, 1996 |
On the cover of his hit debut album, "The Coming," New York rapper Busta Rhymes is pictured blowing out the center of a picture frame with the force of his powerful voice. The colorful image captures not only the way Rhymes has annihilated most of his rap competitors this year but also how he uses his spectacular gift of gab to expand the boundaries of rap music itself.
March 2, 2002 |
Anyone who attended the rap triple bill at the Universal Amphitheater on Thursday looking for a complex worldview or an evolved take on the usual hip-hop tropes would have been sorely disappointed. Bubba Sparxxx, Ludacris and headliner Busta Rhymes all belong to hip-hop's good-times contingent, rejecting gangsta rap's sloganeering and the radical politics of critically lauded new acts such as the Coup in favor of raucous and frequently lewd celebrations of self-satisfaction.