Celebrity Then And Now
Busta Rhymes
Name: Busta Rhymes
Birthdate: January 1, 1970
Famous Years: 1989 - Present
Currently Known For: Continued Rap Career
Networth: $20 MillionFamous For: "Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check," "Make it Clap," "Gimme Some More"
Busta Rhymes
Name Busta Rhymes
Birthdate January 1, 1970
Famous Years 1989 - Present
Currently Known For Continued Rap Career
Networth $20 Million
Famous For "Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check," "Make it Clap," "Gimme Some More"

While younger rap fans might not be too familiar with Trevor Smith, Jr., there are still a fans that were around in the 1990s for the height of fame for the man that’s known better as Busta Rhymes. Rhymes is frequently included in lists about the greatest rappers of all-time, and it’s clear to see why after looking at his body of work.

After being born on May 20, 1972, Smith would grow up in the New York area before moving to England and heading back as a teenager. Smith had known other rappers growing up in his hometown, and formed a group with them known as Leaders of the New School in the late 1980s. They would find quick success as they performed with notable groups such as Public Enemy that got them on the map.

It was at this time that Smith started to go by his Busta Rhymes name, as the group released a trio of albums before tension caused them to split up. Most in the hip hop community knew at this point Rhymes was headed for a notable solo career, especially as he continued to perform with some of the biggest names in the genre. This included the likes of Notorious B.I.G. and LL Cool J, leading up to his solo debut dropping in 1996.

That album would become known as “The Coming”, and included the hit song “Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check”. The next year, Rhymes released the album “When Disaster Strikes” that also had a hit song with “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See”. There would be one more solo album for Rhymes in the 1990s with “Extinction Level Event (Final World Front)” that finished off the decade strong for the rapper.

Of his original three albums, it was “When Disaster Strikes” that remains a favorite for Rhymes. “I feel extremely great about that album,” he said. “I feel great about all of my albums, and particularly that album. It was my sophomore jinx album where everybody was like, ‘We don’t wanna hear another album if he doesn’t switch it up,’ ‘Can he do it again?’ All of that talk was happening, but that album solidified my legacy and it also introduced me to an entire different living condition.”

Rhymes would continue to keep pumping out albums, releasing a new one in each of the first three years of the new millennium with “Anarchy”, “Genesis” and “It Ain’t Safe No More…” Then, his schedule would get a little lighter as he’s released just three albums since then, but he’s been working on one that’s set to release in 2018. The album doesn’t have a title yet, but figures to be a good follow up to 2012’s “Year of the Dragon”.

Rhymes says that his long career can be attributed to one thing. “I attribute that to having no Plan B,” he said. “No other plan of survival. A sense of determination that’s so extreme, I can’t accept failure as an option. I dropped out of school in the tenth grade; I don’t know any trades; I don’t know any particular fields of business. If I don’t win at rap...then I’m gonna be really (messed) up.”

It seems that Rhymes has worked with just about everybody in hip hop both young and old from the legends to the upcomers. Rhymes is a go-to featured artist as well as a leading act, and it’s been that way for more than two decades now. He’s had his personal problems that have included multiple run-ins with the law, but Rhymes hasn’t let that deter his career.

He’s had a newfound focus on his health as he focuses on raising his four children, saying “I want to live as long as possible. I’m more health conscience now. We’re just trying to balance it out. We did a lot of overdoing it when we were younger.” He also hasn’t been shy about giving his personal opinions on a wide bevy of topics that include anything from the hip hop genre in its current form to politics. Even if people don’t always agree with his opinion, it’s always interesting to hear Rhymes speak from a personal level, as he’s one of the longest standing active rappers around.

Rhymes plans on sticking around the rap game for as long as possible, even if he’s a few years away from turning 50. “I just want to see (rap music continue to grow) because the more that the game evolves on a growth level the more it becomes a bigger and more powerful thing, giving us more opportunity to stick around that much longer and be able to contribute to the music and that is really what it is about for me. I just want to have this as a vehicle to do what I want as I love this rap shit so much.”