Busta Rhymes Biography (1972-)

Original name, Trevor Smith, Jr.; born May 20, 1972, in Brooklyn, New York, NY; son of Trevor, Sr. and Geraldine Smith; children: T'ziah Jones (son), Tahiem Jones (son; deceased). Addresses: Agent: Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, singer, songwriter, song producer, music video director
Birth Details
May 20, 1972
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Jawaan, Who's the Man?, New Line Cinema, 1993
  • Dreads, Higher Learning, Sony Pictures Releasing, 1995
  • Participating artist, Rhyme & Reason, Miramax, 1997
  • Voice of Reptar Wagon, The Rugrats Movie (animated), Paramount, 1998
  • Rasaan, Shaft (also known as Shaft--Noch Fragen?), Paramount, 2000
  • Terrell Wallace, Finding Forrester, Columbia, 2000
  • Backstage, Dimension Films, 2000
  • Darnell "Big D Love" Beery, Narc (also known as Narco), Paramount, 2002
  • Freddie Harris, Halloween: Resurrection, Dimension Films, 2002
  • Freddie Harris, Halloween 9 (also known as Hall9ween and Halloween: Blood of Michael Myers), Dimension Films, 2004
  • Joshua Pope, Full Clip, Lions Gate Films, 2004
  • Death of a Dynasty, TLA Releasing, 2004
  • Performer of songs that have been featured in films, television broadcasts, and video collections.
  • Film Executive Producer
  • Full Clip, Lions Gate Films, 2004
  • Television Appearances
  • Miniseries
  • Himself, And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop, VH1, 2004
  • Movies
  • Buster, Strapped, HBO, 1993
  • Specials
  • It Just Takes One, USA Network, 1997
  • Performer, MTV New Year's Eve (also known as MTV New Year's Eve1998), MTV, 1998
  • A Very Busta Xmas, MTV, 1998
  • NetAid, VH1, 1999
  • One Love: The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute, TNT, 1999
  • Himself, It's Black Entertainment, Showtime, 2000
  • The BET 20th Anniversary Celebration, Black Entertainment Television, 2000
  • MTV Icon: Janet Jackson, MTV, 2001
  • MTV20: Live and Almost Legal, MTV, 2001
  • Rockin New Year's Eve 2002 (also known as Dick Clark's "RockinNew Year's Eve 2002"), ABC, 2001
  • New Year's Eve Pajama Party, MTV, 2002
  • World's Sexiest Athletes, ESPN, 2002
  • Himself, Fromage 2003, MuchMusic, 2003
  • Himself, MTV Soundtrack: Tupac; Resurrection, MTV, 2003
  • Host, Party with Spike World Premiere Special, Spike TV, 2003
  • Protestor, The Shady National Convention, MTV, 2004
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 1997 Billboard Music Awards, Fox, 1997
  • The 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV, 1997
  • Soul Train Music Awards: 11th Anniversary, The WB, 1997
  • The 28th NAACP Image Awards, Fox, 1997
  • The Fifth Annual MTV Europe Music Video Awards (also known as The 1998 MTV Europe Music Video Awards), MTV, 1998
  • (With Flipmode Squad) The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV, 1998
  • The 12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards, syndicated, 1998
  • Cohost, The Fifth Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, syndicated, 1999
  • The 18th Annual American Fashion Awards, E! Entertainment Television, 1999
  • (With Flipmode Squad) The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards, UPN, 1999
  • The 13th Annual Soul Train Music Awards, syndicated, 1999
  • Host, The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2000, UPN, 2000
  • Presenter, The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 2000
  • Presenter, MTV Video Music Awards 2000, MTV, 2000
  • Presenter, The 27th Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 2000
  • The 14th Annual Soul Train Music Awards, syndicated, 2000
  • Host, Source Awards 2001 (also known as The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2001), UPN, 2001
  • Presenter, MTV Video Music Awards 2001, MTV, 2001
  • The 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards, syndicated, 2001
  • MTV Video Music Awards 2002, MTV, 2002
  • The 16th Annual Soul Train Music Awards, syndicated, 2002
  • The 2002 Billboard Music Awards, Fox, 2002
  • Presenter, The 45th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 2003
  • Presenter, The 30th Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 2003
  • MTV Europe Music Awards 2003, MTV, 2003
  • The 2003 ESPY Awards, ESPN, 2003
  • Video Game Awards 2004, Spike TV, 2004
  • Episodic
  • (With Leaders of the New School) Musical guest, In Living Color, Fox, 1991
  • Himself, "Kill the Noise," New York Undercover, Fox, 1996
  • Guest, Soul Train, syndicated, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003
  • Philip, "Dating Games," Cosby, CBS, 1997
  • Guest, The Chris Rock Show, HBO, 1997
  • Guest, Howard Stern, E! Entertainment Television, 1997, 2001
  • Himself, "Busta Saves the Day," The Wayans Bros., The WB, 1998
  • Zack, "Everybody Loves Regina," The Steve Harvey Show, The WB, 1998
  • Guest, TFI Friday, 1998
  • Himself, "All That Live," All That, Nickelodeon, 1999
  • Guest, Mad TV, Fox, 1999
  • Musical guest, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's "Saturday Night," Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 1999
  • Guest, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1999, 2000
  • Himself, "Fire," Making the Video, MTV, 2000
  • Guest, Cribs (also known as MTV's "Clubs"), MTV, 2000, 2003
  • Himself, "Flipmode," Space Ghost Coast to Coast (live action and animated), Cartoon Network, 2001
  • Guest, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • "Minority Report," Movie House (also known as MTV's "Movie House"), MTV, 2002
  • Guest, Behind the Music (also known as VH1's "Behind the Music"), VH1, 2002
  • Guest, Last Call with Carson Daly, NBC, 2002
  • Guest, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2002
  • Guest, Top of the Pops (also known as All New Top of the Pops and TOTP), BBC, 2002
  • Guest, Total Request Live (also known as TRL), MTV, 2002
  • Himself, "Daredevilin'," Player$, 2003
  • Himself, "Detroit," Interscope Presents "The Next Episode," Showtime, 2003
  • Himself, "Party & Floetry," 106 & Park (also known as 106 & Park Top 10 Live), Black Entertainment Television, 2003
  • Himself, Punk'd, MTV, 2003
  • Musical guest, Chappelle's Show, Comedy Central, 2003
  • Contestant, "Search for a New Host," 601 & Drive, 2004
  • "What's Happenin'," Behind the Music Video, 2004
  • Guest, "We're Gonna Make Some Celine Dion Money," The Road to Stardomwith Missy Elliott, UPN, 2005
  • Appeared as a guest host, The Source Sound Lab, UPN; also appearedin ABC in Concert, ABC; Direct Effect, MTV; MTV20: Grab theMic--A Hip-Hop History (documentary; also known as Grab the Mic: 20 Years of Hip-Hop on MTV), MTV; On Tour, PBS; Ride with Funkmaster Flex, Spike TV; and Source All Access TV, syndicated.
  • Stage Appearances
  • (With Leaders of the New School) The Boys Choir of Harlem and FriendsCelebrate Harlem (concert), Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York City, 1993
  • Radio Appearances
  • Episodic
  • Guest, The Howard Stern Radio Show, 1997, 2001
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • (With Leaders of the New School) Future without a Past ... , 1990
  • (With Leaders of the New School) T.I.M.E., Elektra, 1993
  • The Coming, Elektra, 1996
  • When Disaster Strikes, Elektra, 1997
  • Extinction Level Event (The Final World Front), Elektra, 1998
  • (With Flipmode Squad) The Imperial Album, Elektra, 1998
  • Anarchy, Elektra, 2000
  • The Best of Busta Rhymes, Rhino, 2001
  • Genesis, Elektra, 2001
  • It Ain't Safe No More ... , 2003
  • Also contributor to albums by other recording artists. Producer of music.
  • Singles
  • (With Leaders of the New School) "The Case of the PTA," 1991
  • (With Leaders of the New School) "Sobb Story," 1991
  • (With Leaders of the New School) "Classic Material," 1993
  • (With Leaders of the New School) "What's Next?," 1993
  • "It's a Party," 1996
  • "Woo-hah! Got You All in Check" (first version), 1996
  • "Dangerous," 1997
  • "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See," 1997
  • "Woo-hah! Got You All in Check" (second version: world wide remix), featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard, 1997
  • "Gimme Some Mo'," 1998
  • "Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up," 1998
  • (With Flipmode Squad) "Cha Cha Cha," 1998
  • "Tear the Roof Off/Party Goin' on over Here," 1999
  • (With Janet Jackson) "What's It Gonna Be?," 1999
  • "Fire," 2000
  • "Get Out," 2000
  • "As I Come Back/Break Yer Neck," 2001
  • "Break Ya Neck," 2001
  • "What It Is," featuring Kelis, 2001
  • "Make It Clap," featuring Spliff Star, 2002
  • "Pass the Courvoiseur," featuring Jamie Foxx, Mo'nique, and Kym Whitley,2002
  • "Pass the Courvoiseur, Part II," featuring P. Diddy and Pharrell, 2002
  • (With Flipmode Squad) "Everybody on the Line Outside," c. 2002
  • "Light Your Ass on Fire," 2003
  • "Shorty (Put It on the Floor)," featuring Chingy, Fat Joe, and Nick Cannon, 2004
  • Videos
  • Shaft: Still the Man, Paramount, 2000
  • Break Ya Neck with Busta Rhymes (documentary), Music Video Distributors, 2002
  • Halloween: Resurrected, 2002
  • Pimpin' 101, Fatt Entertainment, 2002
  • (With others) The Best of the Source Awards Vol 1: Hip-Hop History, DreamWorks, 2003
  • The Neptunes Present: Dude ... We're Going to Rio! (also known asDude ... We're Going to Rio!), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2003
  • Busta Rhymes: Everything Remains Raw, EagleVision, 2004
  • The Making of "Love Don't Cost a Thing," Warner Bros., 2004
  • Strong Arm Steady, Image Entertainment, 2004
  • Music Videos
  • (With Leaders of the New School) "The Case of the PTA," 1991
  • (With Leaders of the New School) "Sobb Story," 1991
  • A Tribe Called Quest, "Scenario," 1992
  • (With Leaders of the New School) "Classic Material," 1993
  • (With Leaders of the New School) "What's Next?," 1993
  • Boyz II Men, "Vibin'" (second version remix), 1995
  • Notorious B.I.G., "Big Poppa," 1995
  • "It's a Party," 1996
  • "Woo-hah! Got You All in Check" (first version), 1996
  • B Real, "Hit 'Em High," 1996
  • "Dangerous," 1997
  • "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See," 1997
  • "Woo-hah! Got You All in Check" (second version: world wide remix), featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard, 1997
  • The Fugees, "Rumble in the Jungle," 1997
  • Rampage, "Wild 4 da Night," 1997
  • Tracey Lee, "The Theme (It's Party Time)," 1997
  • "Gimme Some Mo'," 1998
  • "Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up," 1998
  • (With Flipmode Squad) "Cha Cha Cha," 1998
  • LSG, "Curious," 1998
  • Puff Daddy (now P. Diddy), "Victory," 1998
  • "Tear the Roof Off/Party Goin' on over Here," 1999
  • (With Janet Jackson) "What's It Gonna Be?," 1999
  • (As Busta Remo) Rah Digga, "Tight," 1999
  • "Fire," 2000
  • "Get Out," 2000
  • Big Punisher with Jennifer Lopez, P. Diddy, Lil' Kim, and Missy Elliott,"It's So Hard," 2000
  • Rah Digga, "Imperial," 2000
  • "As I Come Back/Break Yer Neck," 2001
  • "Break Ya Neck," 2001
  • "What It Is," featuring Kelis, 2001
  • Missy Elliott, "Get Ur Freak On," 2001
  • M.O.P., "Ante Up" (version 2: remix), 2001
  • Violator, "What It Is," 2001
  • "Make It Clap" (version 1), featuring Spliff Star, 2002
  • "Make It Clap" (version 2), 2002
  • "Pass the Courvoiseur," featuring Jamie Foxx, Mo'nique, and Kym Whitley,2002
  • "Pass the Courvoiseur, Part II," featuring P. Diddy and Pharrell, 2002
  • Xzibit featuring Nate Dogg, "Multiply," 2002
  • (With Flipmode Squad) "Everybody on the Line Outside," c. 2002
  • "Light Your Ass on Fire," 2003
  • "Shorty (Put It on the Floor)," featuring Chingy, Fat Joe, and Nick Cannon, 2004
  • Music Video Director
  • (With Hype Williams) "Dangerous," 1997
  • (As Busta Remo) "Gimme Some Mo'," 1998
  • (With Paul Hunter) "Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up," 1998
  • (With Hype Williams) "What's It Gonna Be?," 1999
  • Pharoahe Monch, "Simon Says," 1999
  • "Fire," 2000
  • "Get Out," 2000
  • (With Hype Williams) "As I Come Back/Break Yer Neck," 2001
  • (With Hype Williams) "Break Ya Neck," 2001
  • (With Chris Robinson) "Make It Clap" (version 1), 2002
  • (With Chris Robinson) "Pass the Courvoiseur, Part II," 2002
  • (With Erik White) "Make It Clap" (version 2), 2002
  • Video Games
  • Voice of Magic, Def Jam Fight for NY, Electronic Arts, 2004
  • WRITINGS
  • Albums
  • (With Leaders of the New School) Future without a Past ... , 1990
  • (With Leaders of the New School) T.I.M.E., Elektra, 1993
  • The Coming, Elektra, 1996
  • When Disaster Strikes, Elektra, 1997
  • Extinction Level Event (The Final World Front), Elektra, 1998
  • (With Flipmode Squad) The Imperial Album, Elektra, 1998
  • Anarchy, Elektra, 2000
  • The Best of Busta Rhymes, Rhino, 2001
  • Genesis, Elektra, 2001
  • It Ain't Safe No More ... , 2003
  • Contributor to albums by other recording artists. Rhymes's songs have been featured in films, television broadcasts, and video collections.
  • Singles
  • (With Leaders of the New School) "The Case of the PTA," 1991
  • (With Leaders of the New School) "Sobb Story," 1991
  • (With Leaders of the New School) "Classic Material," 1993
  • (With Leaders of the New School) "What's Next?," 1993
  • "It's a Party," 1996
  • "Woo-hah! Got You All in Check" (first version), 1996
  • "Dangerous," 1997
  • "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See," 1997
  • "Woo-hah! Got You All in Check" (second version: world wide remix), featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard, 1997
  • "Gimme Some Mo'," 1998
  • "Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up," 1998
  • (With Flipmode Squad) "Cha Cha Cha," 1998
  • "Tear the Roof Off/Party Goin' on over Here," 1999
  • (With Janet Jackson) "What's It Gonna Be?," 1999
  • "Fire," 2000
  • "Get Out," 2000
  • "As I Come Back/Break Yer Neck," 2001
  • "Break Ya Neck," 2001
  • "What It Is," featuring Kelis, 2001
  • "Make It Clap," featuring Spliff Star, 2002
  • "Pass the Courvoiseur," featuring Jamie Foxx, Mo'nique, and Kym Whitley,2002
  • "Pass the Courvoiseur, Part II," featuring P. Diddy and Pharrell, 2002
  • (With Flipmode Squad) "Everybody on the Line Outside," c. 2002
  • "Light Your Ass on Fire," 2003
  • "Shorty (Put It on the Floor)," featuring Chingy, Fat Joe, and Nick Cannon, 2004
  • Composer
  • Videos
  • Pimpin' 101, Fatt Entertainment, 2002

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 31, Gale, 2001
    • Contemporary Musicians, Volume 18, Gale, 1997
    Periodicals
    • Entertainment Weekly, December 18, 1998, pp. 40-43
    • Essence, November, 2000, p. 67
    • Jet, June 12, 2000
    • NME, December 13, 1997, pp. 20-21
    • People Weekly, July 10, 2000, p. 164
    • Source, April, 1996, pp. 54-56; November, 1997, pp. 140-50
    • Time, March 2, 1998, p. 87

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