Throughout his career, Busta Rhymes has become known for his emphatic delivery on cuts like A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario” and “Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check.” But the first record he ever cut with a calm delivery, “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See,” was inspired by Q-Tip and Diddy‘s advice to tone it down and his reaction to their suggestion.
During an interview with Life+Times’ new series “The Round Up with Shaheem Reid,” Bus-A-Buss said that he poked fun at Diddy at the beginning of the record by mimicking his adlibs.
“That’s how come I did the first calm voice record in my whole career. We were listening to some music and I had the beat, and I played the beat, they lost they mind over the beat. Diddy and Tip was like, ‘You need to calm down on these records because bitches don’t want no “Rau Rau” witchu on every record. Chicks don’t want to do that. You gotta do some shit that the chicks want to do,'” he recalled. “I wanted to make fun of Diddy on the song while I was doing my calm shit. That’s why if you listen on the ‘Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See’ record, you hear, ’97. Hot shit. Check it out.’ All of that. ‘Don’t stop. Can’t stop.’ We was mocking Diddy.”
Busta Rhymes is currently prepping the release of his Cash Money Records debut, which is presently untitled and without release date.
Watch the full interview below, where he also speaks on his performance style, how he’s seen the music industry evolve and more.