Busta Rhymes is an American rapper, musician, singer, record producer and actor known for his outlandish style and high-speed rhyming technique. Many critics have called him one of the greatest MCs of all time. After a long and impressive career, Busta Rhymes has become one of the most celebrated figures in the world of hip-hop. Outside of music, he has found success as an actor as well. As of 2022, Busta Rhymes net worth is estimated to be around $25 million.
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|Celebrated Name||Busta Rhymes|
|Real Name||Trevor George Smith Jr.|
|Date of Birth||May 20, 1972|
|Age||49 years old|
|Birth Place||East Flatbush, New York, United States|
|Height||6 feet 1 inch (1.85m)|
|Profession||Rapper, Songwriter, Record producer, Actor|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter, Facebook|
|Net Worth||$25 million|
Trevor George Smith Jr. popularly known as Busta Rhymes was born on May 20, 1972 in Brooklyn, Newyork. His parents Geraldine Green and Trevor Smith Sr. were Jamaican. At the age of 12, Busta moved to Uniondale, Long Island, and then moved to the United Kingdom, before returning back to the United States. Rhymes grew up alongside his brother named Paul Smith.
Trevor Smith Jr. attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School for his secondary education. Smith’s fellow classmates included The Notorious B.I.G. and Jay Z. After that, he attended Samuel J. Tilden High School where he met Special Ed and Chip Fu of Fu-Schnickens. In 1991, Rhymes graduated from Uniondale High School at the age of 19. Аftеr соmрlеtіng hіѕ асаdеmісѕ, Вuѕt ѕhоwеd muсh іntеrеѕt іn ѕwіmmіng аnd јоіnеd аѕ а lіfеguаrd аt а lосаl ѕwіmmіng рооl.
Busta started his career in the year 1991 as a member of “Leaders of the New School” releasing their debut album titled “A Future Without a Past…” on Elektra Records. Later, in the year 1993, their second album, “T.I.M.E. (The Inner Mind’s Eye)” was released which earned Smith much populaity for his unique style and advanced rhymes. However, some internal issues arose because of his increasing popularity, and the group broke up on the set of Yo! MTV Raps.
In 1992 Busta also made guest appearances on songs by several artists such as Big Daddy Kane, Another Bad Creation, The Notorious B.I.G., Brand Nubian, A Tribe Called Quest, and KRS-One.
Later, on March 26, 1996, Busta released his debut solo album titled “The Coming” which turned to be a hit album that got much recognition with the hit single, “Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check”. It was followed by his second album, “When Disaster Strikes” in September 1997 which included the hit singles “Fire It Up” and “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See.”
His third studio album, “Extinction Level Event (Final World Front)” was released in December 1998. The album’s lead single “Gimme Some More” reached No. 6 in the UK singles chart in the year 1999. He also released another single titled “What’s It Gonna Be?!” in April 1999 featuring Janet Jackson, which reached the US and UK Top 11. Furthermore, Busta recorded his final album for Elektra, and the fourth album entitled “Anarchy” in the year 2000.
After that he signed a deal with J Records, and released the greatest hits collection “Total Devastation: The Best of Busta Rhymes” followed by his fifth album, “Genesis” which was released on November 27, 2001 and included hit singles like “Break Ya Neck”, “What It Is” and “Pass the Courvoisier, Part II.”
He went on to release his sixth studio album in the year 2002, titled “It Ain’t Safe No More” which included hit singles such as “I Know What You Want”, “Make It Clap”. His seventh studio album, “The Big Bang” released in June 2006 which featured hit singles, “Touch It” & “I Love My Bitch”. The album sold over 209000 copies in the frist week making it the no.1 album of Busta’s career.
Busta released his eighth studio album, “Back on My B.S.” on May 19, 2009. The album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with included singles like “World Go Round” & “Arab Money”. However, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has banned the album due to controversial content.
Later, in 2010, Busta formed his new label “The Conglomerate Entertainment.” In the following year, he also performed vocals on the single, “Worldwide Choppers” and recorded the song “Look at Me Now” with Lil Wayne and Chris Brown. He also got the opportunity to be featured in Canadian star, Justin Bieber‘s song called “Drummer Boy”.
In November 2011, it was announced that Rhymes signed to Cash Money Records. His ninth studio album, “Year of the Dragon” was released for free on Google Play on August 21, 2012. In addition to this, a music video for the track “Doin’ It Again” was also released by him in order to pay tribute to his manager, Chris Lighty who committed suicide in 2012.
Moreover, the members The Conglomerate Entertainment, Rhymes along with Reek da Villan and J. Doe released their first collective mixtape titled “Catastrophic”. Later, the first single off his Cash Money Records debut, “Twerk It” was released on June 6, 2013.
However, Busta announced on July 23, 2014, that he left Cash Money Records due to creative differences. Further, he released “Thank You”, a song featuring Kanye West, Q-Tip, and Lil Wayne on November 7, 2013. Thereafter, he released a new single “Get It” featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott through Epic Records on February 2, 2018.
On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, Busta’s latest collaborated song, “Stay Down” got leaked online which was from Busta’s days at Cash Money. In the year 2020, he also made his appearance on season 4 of The Masked Singer as the “Dragon”.
However, he got eliminated in the first episode. After that, Rhymes released his album Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God, featuring Rakim, Q-Tip, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J. Blige on October 30, 2020.
Personal Life & Relationships
Busta is not married yet, although he has been into several relationships. He was once hooked up with Joanne Wood. Busta was once in a romantic relationship with his longtime girlfriend Joanne Wood. The duo started dating each other while they were just high school kids. Moreover, Wood is even the mother of Rhyme’s 4 children, 3 sons, T’Ziah Wood-Smith (b. 1993), T’Khi Wood-Smith (b. 1999), and Trillian Wood-Smith (b. 2001) and a daughter, Mariah Wood-Smith (b. 1998). However, their relation couldn’t last long and came to an end with much controversy. Other than this, Rhymes has also dated other beautiful ladies including Eden Har’el (1998) and Karrine Steffans (2001). In fact, he also has two lovely daughters named Cacie Smith (b.1999) and Miracle Smith (b.2006) from his secret relationships.
He also identifies himself as a member of The Five-Percent Nation. Among other things, this group believes that white people are “devils” who were artificially created 6,000 years ago by a rogue black scientist called Yakub.
Awards & Accolades
Іn thе уеаr 1999, Вuѕtа Rhymes wоn thе Source Awards and the ‘Ѕоul Тrаіn Мuѕіс Аwаrd’ in 2000 fоr thе аlbum “Whаt’ѕ Іt Gоnnа Ве.”
Busta won a Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards in 2005 along with a Myx Music Award and an International Dance Music Awards in 2006 for the song “Don’t Cha.”
He won two BET Hip Hop Awards in 2006 and four in 2011 for the song “Look at Me Now” alongside Chris Brown and Lil Wayne.
Additionally he has also been nominated for twelve Grammy Awards and sixteen MTV Video Music Award.
Busta Rhymes Net Worth
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