Busta Rhymes is an American rapper, producer, and actor from Brooklyn.
He was both a member of Leaders of the New School and a founding member of the record label Conglomerate
Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr.
May 20, 1972 (age
Brooklyn, New York
Long Island, New York, United States
6' 1" (1.86 m)
Uniondale High School
Chuck D of
gave him the moniker Busta Rhymes, after NFL wide receiver George "Buster" Rhymes.
A Tribe Called Quest
Leaders of the New School
Did You Know:
• He is a follower of The Nation of Gods and Earths (Five Percent Nation) (an offshoot of Islam)
• In High School, he was a star basketball player
• Busta has three children with his ex-girlfriend, Joanne Wood: T'Ziah (born 1993), T'Khi (born 1999), Trillian (born 2001),
as well as a daughter, Mariah (born 1998), with another ex-girlfriend.
Busta Rhymes Quotes
My craziest ideas come from cartoons. I approach music by taking that cartoon extreme and the real life extreme and finding somewhere in the middle. The animated element lures people in, but the real-life substance puts the nail in the coffin.
I appreciate the additional additives and preservatives that help sell a project, but I'm sticking to what works best for me. I gotta sell the album live on stage and make people believe in the songs.
I love hip-hop, because you can do this like that and still be super successful! You ain't gotta hold your tongue.
You're gonna notice me when I come in. I'm gonna make a statement without opening my mouth, and when I leave, you're gonna remember that.
I want you to see that I'm looking. Look at me look at you. I'm cool with that.
I don't play 'Arab Money' because it's disrespectful [to] Arabs. I don't think there is a ban on playing it in clubs, but many here don't play it anyway.
Busta Rhymes Awards
Source Hip-Hip Music Award - Music Video of the Year with Janet Jackson ("What's It Gonna Be?!").
Soul Train Music Award for R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video for "What's It Gonna Be?!" with Janet Jackson.