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Volume 71, Issue 146, Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Life & Arts

Rhymes fans expect 'Bang' from release


Busta Rhymes has been in the industry since he first appeared on A Tribe Called Quest's 1991 classic "Scenario." He was a member of Leaders of the New School, a group similar to De La Soul. I haven't been much of a Busta fan for a while now, but I was a fan of Busta growing up because of songs like "Put Your Hands Where My Eye Can See" from his 1997 album When Disaster Strikes and other Busta songs from that era.

Now, with the help of Dr. Dre's Aftermath label, he's remade his image. First, Busta shockingly shaved off his dreads, which he had sported for more than a decade. Also, the eccentric personality and music videos have been replaced with a "street" image, which is slightly hard to believe when you consider he's been in the industry since his teens.

Despite The Big Bang being Busta's first album in four years, he's maintained a presence, saturating himself in the industry by appearing on a plethora of remixes. Busta's tendency to get on a remix of the hit song of the moment is legendary. He even shamelessly appeared on remixes of horrible mainstream hits like D4L's "Laffy Taffy" and the Pussy Cat Dolls' "Dontcha."

"Touch It" features a nice Swizz Beatz instrumental, which shifts while Busta switches his flow to louder and quieter volumes.

On the Dr. Dre produced track "Don't Get Carried Away," Busta is outshined by New York legend Nasty Nas, who is the most impressive with his line where he praises Dre's excellent production on the beat and simultaneously brags about his lyrical skills: "Pardon, Dre, this beat is a monster catchy / Like sleeping under open windows that's drafty / Then waking up, my throat scratchy / That's how I spit it nasty." 

"Been Through the Storm" is a track about hardships in life featuring legend Stevie Wonder. "In the Ghetto" features deceased singer Rick James.

"Goldmine" features the legendary Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan.

The Big Bang features great production (the majority of these songs are produced by elite producer Dr. Dre) and Busta's usual energy. It's a solid album, especially recommended for Busta fans.

Busta Rhymes

The Big Bang
Interscope Records

Verdict: The Big Bang's solid.

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