The Hip-Hop Guru ‘Bussa Buss’
Trevor Taheim Smith Jr. known to us as Busta Rhymes is actually a protégé of the Reggae School… so, let’s just drop a little history on ya’ll…
Hip-hop sons of Jamaican parentage have that raw Reggae vibe entrenched within them so, naturally, it comes out in their music. Though not by coincidence, Jamaica is where the fundaments of Hip-hop began back in the early ‘70s when ‘Toasters’ (Sing-jays) would ‘chat’ over the Instrumental side (Version) of a popular Tune. When the USA latched onto it and the Rap Culture became epidemic, the music obviously outgrew the confines of ‘the Streets’ and middle America embraced it as their own. However, the creative and artistic forces remained true to their foundation and ‘the Streets’ took on a whole new meaning.
So, that’s why when Busta Rhymes first landed on the music scene with none other than the Dancehall Maestro, Buju Banton collaborating on the sublime Reggae track ‘Wicked Act’ (lifted from Banton’s 1995 ‘Voice Of Jamaica’ set for Mercury Records) everyone thought Busta was a Bashment (Dancehall) artist! He later dropped ‘Woah’ which had instilled his career-defining flow on the Reggae / Hip-hop hybrid and the typecast were set at that time. Other Hip-hop moguls like KRS One and Pete Rock had also used this ‘special brew’ back in the day to great effect… so there you have it. Still, quite often these days, an ‘A Class’ Hip-hop, Rap or R&B artist (Jay-Z, Nas, Beyonce, Mary J Blige, R Kelly, Rhianna etc.) will remind us of their own origins via the Reggae / Dancehall / Soca beats that will bless their albums and give it that seal of approval.
Obviously, Bussa Bus has evolved since then continuing to rejuvenate his multi-genre creative juices and dropping untold amounts of Hip-hop bangers (albums and singles) that have seen him soar the dizzy heights of Hip-hop stardom and amass a pretty impressive global fan-base. And, although he lost the dreadlocks – a leaner, clean-cut Busta continues that unshakable Reggae flow into 2021 as he teamed up with Jamaica’s Dancehall dons DeMarco and Movado for more of the same. No doubt, Busta’s distinguishable style and ability to reinvent his live performances will go down a treat at any one of the top billings that he’s scheduled to attend in the future.