Busta Rhymes defines our times and breaks down the walls of sound with BLOCKBUSTA. Guests include Young Thug, T-Pain, Chris Brown, Kodak Black, and more.
Busta Rhymes is back with what looks to be a game-changing new album, BLOCKBUSTA. Executive produced by heavyweights Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, and Swizz Beatz, alongside Rhymes himself, his latest might just redefine the rap landscape.
The anticipation for something new from Rhymes originally reached its fever pitch in late October, when he took to social media to drop a tantalizing teaser trailer. Clocking in at just one minute, it was more than enough to have fans salivating for more. The teaser opened with the Brooklyn rapper assembling a powerhouse trio of Pharrell, Swizz Beatz, and Timbaland for a Zoom call that about a million viewers would’ve also loved to have been on. As if summoning the producing gods like Shazam, Rhymes introduced his upcoming record, and each legendary producer shared their insights into what they had worked on behind the scenes.
The trailer, a visual spectacle in its own right, took an unexpected turn as it cut away to a volcanic eruption, setting the stage for the album's explosive impact. From the molten depths, the LP's title erupted, leaving fans hanging on the precipice of anticipation. The details remained elusive, still keeping an air of mystery as to what was to come. But come it has, and it’s a BLOCKBUSTA.
It may follow in the footsteps of Rhymes' 2020 world-ender, Extinction Level Event 2: Wrath Of God, but BLOCKBUSTA promises to eclipse its predecessor, showcasing the evolution of an artist unafraid to push to the furthest reaches in a genre already known for pushing boundaries. The album flexes it muscles with a star-studded lineup of collabs, because Rhymes wouldn’t have it any other way. Lead-off singles like "Beach Ball" featuring BIA, "Luxury Lifestyle" featuring Coi Leray, and "OK" featuring Young Thug provided a tantalizing taste of the diversity that BLOCKBUSTA promised. But now that the full album is here, we see those songs were just the tip of the iceberg. The track list reads like a who's who of the industry's heavy hitters, with appearances from Burna Boy, DaBaby & T-Pain, Chris Brown, and Kodak Black. Each collaboration feels like a carefully crafted piece of the puzzle, with nothing left to chance.
As Busta Rhymes discharges his latest juggernaut, with its convergence of talent, vision, and audacity, he looks set to cement his place in the pantheon of hip-hop legends. Prepare yourself for the sound of BLOCKBUSTA, where the past meets the future, and hip-hop is reborn once again.