Busta Rhymes CD review [Aftermath]

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Busta Rhymes CD review [Aftermath]
Dec 13, 2006, 14:28


Busta Rhymes, like Ol' Dirty Bastard and Biz Markie before him, has one of those distinctive sandpaper voices that we always seem to recognize right away. As depicted in every single one of his music videos, Rhymes' style is still in your face; only this time around he has surrounded himself with a number of high profile collaborators to help make his case for relevancy in '07. With Dr. Dre and Pharrell behind the console, the late J Dilla and Timbaland in the booth, Nas and Q-Tip dropping verses, and legends like Stevie Wonder and the late Rick James making cameos, it's a wonder that Busta Rhymes is even credited as the primary recording artist. The Big Bang is like a compilation album of bankable contributors. In fact, the most bangin' track on the album is, not surprisingly, the Missy Elliot-driven track “This Is How We Do It Over Here,” which features a wicked musical arrangement from Dr. Dre. If you can get past Busta's idiotic lyrics, club DJs are finding that the song sounds just amazing on a dance floor. “In The Ghetto” is all over urban radio right now, and Rhymes just this past weekend clocked “Record of the Year” for this album at the BET Hip-Hop Awards. Indeed, I was astonished to hear that he had actually won over the latest releases by Lil' Wayne, Young Jeezy or The Game, but I was even more taken aback when he trudged up to the stage to pick up his award; the man's dreads are now gone and he weighs about 300 lbs. What's up with that, yo? [Aftermath]

-Jeffrey Liles

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