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Busta Rhymes is ready to Expand Flipmode Records

25 Feb

Much like other rappers in the game, Busta Rhymes not only raps, but he operates a record label on the side. At one point, that was unheard of, but now every rapper seems to have their own venture. Busta Rhymes is no different, but what separates him from the likes of Jay-Z is the fact that he never built a crew around him.

This is not to the fault of Busta Rhymes because he never had the success of Jay-Z. He has made some notable hits and sold records, but he was never able to take the time and sign other artists to the label. The fact that Jay-Z would do platinum, at worst, made him a top priority at Def Jam. But, the fact that Busta would do platinum, at best, made him just another artist on the label. He realized this when he moved his label away from J Records and over to Aftermath/Interscope.

It is safe to say that Busta Rhymes learned his lesson. He was able to get off of Interscope Records and release his album, Back On My B.S. The album was a moderate success and his label, Universal Motown, said that they were behind Busta Rhymes 100%. They are willing to give him the freedom to take time off and sign artists to Flipmode/Universal. Not only will these artists have deals, but they will also have secure release dates.

With this freedom, Busta Rhymes plans to take out some insurance on his own waning rap career. He hopes to sign new artists to the label and build another star so that he can slide into the executive role easier. Busta Rhymes is set to release The Chemo later this year.

Busta Rhymes enlists Pharrell for “The Chemo”

18 Feb

In the past, Busta Rhymes and Pharrell have proved to be a strong one-two punch. Some of the most notable hits from the Flipmode leader have been created by Pharrell. Long before P began working with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z, he had a partnership with Pharrell. To date, their most notable collaboration was “Pass the Courvoisier, II,” which also featured P. Diddy.

That song ended up being an anthem during the spring of 2002, but since the release of that single, Busta Rhymes and Pharrell have been separated. Following his 2002 album, Busta took a break from recording music. Meanwhile, Pharrell collaborated with Jay-Z on his “final” album and he also began working with Snoop Dogg. In 2006, Busta Rhymes returned as a member of Aftermath Entertainment.

It has been seven years since Busta Rhymes and Pharrell have collaborated. Pharrell has been busy working with many other artists and Busta had been working with Dr. Dre. But, towards the end of 2008, Busta Rhymes’ honeymoon with Aftermath/Interscope had ended. A heated argument with Jimmy Iovine resulted in him being dropped from the label. Busta would scramble for a new label and new producers.

The result of all of this was a critically-panned album from Busta Rhymes. Now that he is stable, once again, Busta Rhymes has decided to reunite with Pharrell. Apparently, his initial plans of retirement are off.

Busta Rhymes sets sights on Summer Release

13 Feb

Busta Rhymes has been hard at work on his latest release. He felt that he missed a lot of time after the release of The Big Bang. When he finally secured a release date for his follow-up, Back on my BS, the album suffered because of the packaged music. He had recorded for over three years and he switched labels.

Now, with Universal Motown behind him, Busta Rhymes is confident in his comeback. He had plans of releasing this album before the end of last year. However, he decided that it would be best to wait for the arrival of 2010 to release what he said would be his final album. While Busta had said that this album would be his last, the heat he has provided in the booth has led him to reconsider.

Not only is Busta Rhymes thinking twice about retiring, but Universal Motown did not sign him just for him to retire. With a supportive label and high creative energy, Busta feels that he has a good three albums left after the release of this one. He is said to be in the studio as much as he can possibly be and he wants the album in stores this summer.

After all of the delays of his last album, Busta Rhymes will try his hardest to have The Chemo released on July 4, 2010 on Flipmode Records with distribution from Universal Motown.

Busta Rhymes is Packing Heat on “The Chemo”

6 Feb

Throughout his career, Busta Rhymes has been known for his strong lyrical ability. But, many say that he peaked following The Big Bang. The constant delays of his Back On My B.S. album caused a lot of the content to be distorted. Part of the problem with Busta getting that album out was his label situation. Once he was able to get that corrected, he was back in business.

Finally off of Interscope Records, Busta Rhymes has a solid deal with Universal Motown. They fully support anything that Busta wants to do. Given his accomplishments over the past fourteen years, they stand by him. At Interscope Records, Jimmy Iovine has a formula that he wants all of his artists to conform to. Because he is used to having creative freedom, Busta Rhymes often clashed with Iovine.

His first full album with Universal Records will be The Chemo. The state of hip hop has been in question for some time. Many rappers have come with albums that they promise to be the solution, but the critics remain. Busta Rhymes has gone as far as to say that hip hop is suffering from a bad case of cancer. To put an end to a cancer, Chemotherapy has to take place. While he is not a doctor, Busta Rhymes will be giving hip hop The Chemo.

For this album, Busta Rhymes is promising to push his creative envelope to new and unexpected heights. He is known for always being creative, but he said that this will even be odd for him. On top of providing some theatrics for the album, he is also promising that he has reached a new lyrical peak. Now that he has the creative freedom, Busta Rhymes is going to use it to his advantage to create what he is calling the best album in the past ten years.

Lil Wayne to reinvent for “Tha Carter IV”

4 Feb

In only a few days, Lil Wayne will be headed from the executive suite at the offices of Cash Money Records and Young Money Entertainment. He is headed to the New York State Prison System. Back in 2007, he was arrested for guns and drugs after a concert in Harlem. Later in the year, he along with Busta Rhymes, Remy Ma, and Ja Rule were all in the same courtroom on charges. The only rap artist to actually beat their charges that day was Busta Rhymes.

Since he is going to prison, Lil Wayne will have to cut his trademark dreads. Dating back to his original Carter album, he has had these dreads. To go along with the new hairstyle, Wayne has also decided to retire his Styrofoam cup. Ever since his days with Fat Joe, making it rain, he has had the cup in his hand. This became his signature style later during the promotional run for his top-selling album, Tha Carter III.

The rapper has just come off of the release of his eighth studio album, Rebirth, and he has no plans of slowing down. Just because he is in prison does not mean that he cannot continue to make music. Lil Wayne does plan to film more videos off of the Rebirth album and to film videos off of his latest Carter album. These new videos may feature the trademark swagger from the Louisiana rapper, but he will exhibit a new style.

Rebirth was released on February 2, 2010, while Tha Carter IV will be released towards the end of this year.

Busta Rhymes and Game plan Big Collaborations

23 Jan

As long as Game has been releasing solo albums, he has maintained a close relationship with his former label mate, Busta Rhymes. Game signed to Aftermath Entertainment in 2002 and the label would sign Busta Rhymes two years later. They were working on their debut albums for the label around the same time. Busta Rhymes had worked on The Big Bang for two years before its actual release.

Game released his critically-acclaimed debut album, The Documentary in 2005. Among the list of collaborators was Busta Rhymes. Their time in the studio allowed them to create a bond that still exists. Even when Game began feuding with 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes maintained a strong relationship with him. On his 2006 follow-up album, he and Busta recorded a song that detailed the current relationship between Game and Dr. Dre. Busta openly pleads to Dre to forgive the rapper.

Some would argue that Busta Rhymes’ appearance on Game’s album led to him being pushed around by Aftermath/Interscope when he began working on his next album. 50 Cent had quickly become the top priority of Jimmy Iovine, the head of Interscope Records and he was not fond of Busta Rhymes still working with Game after he had begun feuding with him. While he never openly confronted Busta Rhymes, he may have done something behind the scenes to mess him up.

When Busta Rhymes did finally release his album, Back on my BS, it did not feature an appearance from Game. Game’s third album was his first album to not feature an appearance from Busta Rhymes. However, at times, both rappers had announced an appearance on each album, but they just did not come together. That did not stop Game from promoting the album from Busta Rhymes as Busta did the same for him.

Now, Game is preparing to release his fourth album, The R.E.D. Album. He has promised listeners the best album that he has ever created. Busta Rhymes, on the other hand, is trying to kill the cancer in hip hop with The Chemo. It will not be the best album from Busta, but it will be one of the best of 2010 and his final album. To compliment each other, Game will appear on the new Busta Rhymes album and Busta Rhymes will appear on the new Game album.

Not only are they planning to show up, they are planning some of their greatest lyrical performances ever. Both albums are currently set for spring release dates. Game will release his album on Star Trak/Interscope, while Busta Rhymes will release his album on Flipmode/Universal.

Busta Rhymes announces new Flipmode album

26 Dec

Ten years ago, Busta Rhymes was the leader of one of the hottest crews in rap, the Flipmode Squad. Over time, things change and people grow away from each other. The original members of the Flipmode Squad are no longer with the group or the label. Rah Digga was one of the last ones to leave.

Despite the fact that most of the original Flipmode is no longer in existence, Busta Rhymes remains. He was the founder of the original crew and he is the flagship artist of Flipmode Records. For the past few years, Busta has been focused on his solo career, instead of the careers of the people in his crew.

When Busta Rhymes moved the label to Aftermath Entertainment, that was a deal that he created for himself because he wanted more hits. Busta left Aftermath after a dispute with the head of the label that distributes Aftermath, Jimmy Iovine. That was another selfish move, but he ended up signing with Universal Motown in an effort to work directly with the label boss.

Now that there is a secure deal in place, Busta Rhymes wants to focus on growing the roster of his Flipmode label and re-starting the Flipmode Squad. Next year, Busta Rhymes hopes to release his “final” album, The Chemo. Another project that he hopes to release next year is a new album from the Flipmode Squad.

While he did not give up too much information, Busta Rhymes said that he has gotten some new artists that he is working with. Together, they make up a new Flipmode Squad and their album will be released sometime in 2010 before The Chemo. The albums will be released on Flipmode Records and Universal Records.

Busta Rhymes sets “The Chemo” for 2010 release

25 Nov

The rap game is full of cancer, according to Busta Rhymes. He says that the only thing keeping hip hop alive is the music from Jay-Z and Lil Wayne. It is sad to say, but hip hop is only being carried by a few artists. There are probably no more than five artists that are making a dent in the hip hop scene.

One person aware of that is Busta Rhymes. There was a time when he was one of the genre’s most dominant acts. Over time, he watched his peers, such as Nas and Jay-Z, become icons, while he became known as a very popular rapper. Despite his starting around the same time as these artists, Busta never was consistent enough to build a legacy the way that they did.

Many people credit Busta Rhymes as a great rapper, but no one would venture to say that he has ever put out a classic album. Surprisingly enough, the New York rapper agrees with those sentiments. He has accepted responsibility of this fact and Busta is looking to improve on that.

Over the years, he has hinted at this, now he plans to really do it. Busta Rhymes has plans of retiring after the release of The Chemo. Since this is going to be his last album, he has to go out with a bang. Initially, Busta had hoped to release this album in 2009, to make up for the constant push-backs of his last album.

There has been one push-back for his latest album and Busta Rhymes hopes that there will not be any more. He has set The Chemo for release sometime in 2010 on Flipmode Entertainment and Universal Records.

Busta Rhymes makes peace with Ja Rule

22 Nov

During the summer of 2003, Ja Rule watched his entire world fall apart. He had been the most popular rapper in the game. No matter what he put out, he would get a hit out of it. To other artists, that became frustrating. So, when 50 Cent came out, he was able to take Ja’s fans and peers, alike.

Among those who worked with 50 Cent were some of Ja Rule’s closest people, at the time. Before 2003, Busta Rhymes and Ja Rule were friends. Busta had rapped on the remix to Rule’s “Holla Holla” and he appeared, alongside Ja in Missy Elliott’s “Get Your Freak On” video. Busta said that he and Ja would talk over the phone, from time to time.

In 2003, Busta Rhymes’ career was on a downslide. As a result, he had begun working with Dr. Dre. Working with Dr. Dre in 2003 meant that he also had to work with 50 Cent. Just looking for a hit, Busta Rhymes recorded with 50 Cent. Once Ja Rule found out about this, he dissed Busta Rhymes as if he were a part of the feud.

Because of that, Busta jumped in and sided with 50 Cent. He had planned to stay neutral in the feud, but the first shots were fired. Their feud became so bad that he and Ja Rule got into a physical altercation at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards. All of this came after the two were once friends.

After 2005, Ja Rule vanished from the public eye and Busta Rhymes prepared to release The Big Bang. Once Ja Rule resurfaced, in 2007, he no longer harbored ill feelings towards Eminem, Dr. Dre, DMX, or Busta Rhymes. He collaborated with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre on a remix of Snoop’s “Imagine.” During this same time, he gave Dre and NWA props on his song, “Sunset.”

Late in 2007, Ja Rule and Busta Rhymes appeared in court, together. Given the fact that they were in court, there was not much time for the two rappers to talk. But, that has been two years ago. Since that time, Rule has reunited with DMX and taken a stage with Eminem. It was only for a short moment and was unplanned, but it happened.

A few years ago, Busta Rhymes said that hip hop beef was pointless, so he was no longer trying to be involved in it. Ja Rule has made similar statements. In the past few years, Busta has played a big hand in ending a lot of feuds, as opposed to starting them. It is because of that that he and Ja Rule have ended a feud that has lasted for almost seven years.

Busta Rhymes paid Shyne a visit in Belize

16 Nov

The bad luck streak of Shyne almost ended this year. Sadly enough, it only continued. Everyone was happy about the fact that Shyne was going to be released from prison in October. But, upon his release, he was deported.

Some people shouted conspiracy when the rapper was deported. No matter what they shouted, the former Bad Boy star had to go. Most fellow rappers expressed their sympathy for Shyne after his deportation. His father even spoke on the situation.

Self-proclaimed hip hop leader, Busta Rhymes, checked things out for himself. While many rappers said that they felt Shyne’s pain, none of them paid him a visit to his home country. Earlier this month, Busta made the trip to Belize to see how his fellow rapper was doing.

Upon his return, Busta Rhymes said that Shyne was just fine and that he is at peace with his situation. It is not known if the two rappers worked on any new music. Shyne was supposed to have released a new album, entitled Godfather Exhumed this year. Busta Rhymes is going to release his “final” album, The Chemo, in 2010.