The inimitable Busta Rhymes is a Hip Hop veteran who’s currently amid a career resurgence of sorts. After whipping himself into top physical condition and dropping Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God last year, Busta is teasing another high-profile collaboration.
On Saturday (June 5), the slimmed down Bus-A-Bus posted an Instagram photo of himself standing with The Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo. He wrote in the caption, “Guess who’s back at it? The Dragon and The Neptunes’ @pharrell @chadhugo. Oh shit!!”
The post elicited plenty of reactions from Busta Rhymes’ famous Hip Hop friends, including De La Soul’s Posdnuos, Swizz Beatz, Pharoahe Monch, Hi-Tek and Fat Joe.
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Busta Rhymes, Pharrell and Chad Hugo initially collaborated on 2001’s “As I Come Back” from the album Genesis. That same year, they linked up with Diddy for “Pass The Courvoisier II” and followed up with “Light Your Ass On Fire” from The Neptunes’ Clones in 2003.
Whatever the trio is cooking up now will be their first collaboration since 2009 when they worked on “Zock On!” from the Teriyaki Boyz project Serious Japanese and “G-Stro” from the Fast and Furious 4 soundtrack.
Busta Rhymes is perhaps best remembered for his explosive verse from A Tribe Called Quest’s 1991 classic “Scenario” from Low End Theory, which was really the first time he was introduced to a mainstream audience. The video, which premiered on MTV at the time, has over 16 million YouTube views. Since then, the Flipmode Squad MC has built an impressive solo career that includes 11 Grammy Award nominations, nine proper studio albums and several platinum hits.
In a 2018 interview with HipHopDX, Bus-A-Bus provided a little insight into the secret of his longevity.
“The fundamentals never change for me,” Busta told DX at the time. “You just got to be dope as hell and you got to be able to spit. Like that never changes, you feel me? But even before picking the MC, the agenda for me is really to come and show the degree of my appreciation for them creating this platform.
“I absolutely wanted to take advantage of it because they was allowing us to not only fucking promote some little rap shit, but they were running a platform to advance the culture.”