In 2012, rap legend Busta Rhymes made a triumphant return to the game with two Grammy nominations for “Look At Me Now,” his chart-topping collaboration with young R&B star Chris Brown. Rhymes continued to assert his preeminence on the Superstars of Hip Hop Tour in 2013, delivering songs like “Kill Dem” and “Respect My Conglomerate” with his signature machine gun speed and entertaining ticket buyers with his outré style and seizure-inspired dance moves. Since signing with Cash Money Records in 2011, Rhymes has been busier than ever, releasing a spate of successful singles including “Twerk It” featuring Nicki Minaj from his 2014 album E.L.E.2 (Extinction Level Event 2).
Rhymes’s idiosyncratic style suits his Jamaican heritage and Brooklyn upbringing. After signing to Elektra Records at Just 17, Rhymes found himself collaborating with the biggest names in the industry, gaining notoriety for his impressive verses on tracks by A Tribe Called Quest, Boyz II Men, and Mary J. Blige. In 1995, director John Singleton cast Rhymes in the film Higher Learning, but the following year would prove the most pivotal in his rise to stardom. His 1996 debut album The Coming was an overnight success, landing at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and earning Rhymes his breakout hit with “Woo-Hah!! (Got You All in Check),” which was accompanied by one of the most iconic music videos of the decade. He would go on to release seven more Top 10 albums throughout the ’90s and 2000’s, including The Big Bang in 2006, his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Rhymes continues to bring his outrageous style, leftfield wit and virtuoso delivery to his live performances, building anticipation for his live concerts in support of 2014’s E.L.E.2 (Exctinction Level Event 2).