Busta Rhymes

Busta Rhymes


5/20/1972, Brooklyn, New York (USA)

Birth Name

Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr.


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Busta Rhymes is an American actor, producer and rapper, born Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr. in New York's Red Hook, Brooklyn on 20 May 1972. His parents, Trevor Smith, Sr. and Geraldine Green, were Jamaican. Busta grew up in Flatbush and attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In November 26, 2002, Busta Rhymes released his sixth album called, It Ain't Safe No More.

    • In December 8, 1998, Busta Rhymes released an album called, E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front. The album peaked a #2 and #12 on the Billboard's Top Hip Hop/R&B Albums and the Billboard 200 charts.

    • Busta Rhymes is 6'1" (1.85m).

    • Busta Rhymes released his seventh studio album called The Big Bang on June 13, 2006. It became his first #1 album of his career. The album sold over 209,000 copies in its first week to earn the top spot on The Billboard Top 200.

    • Busta Rhymes said that his haircut, (Him cutting of his dreadlocks) was a symbolic change of music and the new record deal.

    • After leaving Elektra Records, Busta Rhymes signed to J Records.

    • In 2000, after working on several movie projects, including "Full Clip", with Xzibit, the remake of Shaft, Busta Rhymes released his final album for Elektra, Anarchy.

    • Busta Rhymes' 1998 single, "Gimme Some More", reached #5 in the United Kingdom singles chart in January 1999.

    • In September 1, 1998, Busta Rhymes released an album called The Imperial Album as part of the Flipmode Squad, a collaborative project with rappers Rampage, Lord Have Mercy, Spliff Star, Rah Digga, and Baby Sham. It sold very well and went gold.

    • Busta's album,When Disaster Strikes, was successful in the United States and sold well overseas. The album produced three hugely popular singles and videos in America, "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See", "Dangerous", and the third single, "Turn It Up/Fire It Up", reached as #2 on the United Kingdom singles chart.

    • He was a member of Leaders of New School and released two albums with the group.

    • Busta Rhymes' musical career began when he was seventeen as a member of the Hip Hop crew, Leaders of the New School, along with fellow Long Island natives Charlie Brown, Dinco D, and Cut Monitor Milo. They began recording in 1989 and released their debut album,A Future Without a Past, in 1991 on Elektra Records. In 1993 they released their second album,T.I.M.E. (The Inner Minds Eye). Soon after, however, internal problems arose within the group, and the group broke up on the set of the television show,Yo! MTV Raps.

    • He graduated from Uniondale High School in 1991.

    • When Busta Rhymes was 12, his family moved to Uniondale, New York, a suburb of New York City on Long Island, where he was raised and eventually met up with other artist from the growing area hip hop community, including rappers Jay-Z and The Notorious B.I.G.

    • He has a Jamaican heritage.

    • Busta Rhymes is know for his often high-speed-rhyme-delivery, as heard on his hits "Gimme Some More" and "Break Ya Neck."

    • Chuck D of Public Enemy gave Trevor the name Busta Rhymes.

    • In May 2007, Busta was arrested for drink driving after having been stopped by police for having overly tinted windows. After the police smelled alcohol on his breath he was taken into custody, awaiting arraignment.

    • Busta was released on $US3500 bail on January 5th, 2007, after being charged with misdemeanour assault over accusations he beat up a man during a dispute over money. Busta is accused of punching and kicking the man in lower Manhattan on December 26. Busta denies the allegations.

    • He appears in Notorious B.I.G.'s video "Big Poppa".

    • He was a member of Leaders of New School.

    • Busta Rhymes also had a role in "The Rugrats Movie" as the voice of the Reptar Wagon.

  • Quotes

    • Busta Rhymes: You're gonna get your traditional Busta Rhymes and Pharrell collabo. My man Focus from the Aftermath crew; Dr. Dre; the late, great J Dilla got work on the album. It's gonna be great - look forward to the new bang-out.

    • Busta Rhymes: I started growing my hair in December '89. I was seventeen. I signed my record deal and said I ain't combing my hair no more. I don't have too.