Busta Rhymes biography

Busta Rhymes

Gangsta rap, Music video performer

1972 –


Who is Busta Rhymes?

Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr., better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American rapper, producer and actor. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the alias Busta Rhymes after NFL wide receiver George "Buster" Rhymes. Early in his career, he was known for his wild style and fashion, and today is best known for his intricate rapping technique, which involves rapping at a fast rate with lots of internal rhyme and half rhyme, and to date has received eleven Grammy nominations for his musical work. About.com included him on its list of the 50 Greatest MCs of Our Time, while Steve Huey of Allmusic called him one of the best and most prolific rappers of the 1990s. In 2012, The Source placed him on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time. MTV has called him "one of hip-hop's greatest visual artists." He was both a member of Leaders of the New School and a founding member of the record label Conglomerate and production crew The Conglomerate.


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May 20, 1972
Red Hook
Also known as
  • Busta Ryhmes
  • Buster Rhymes
  • Busta Rhymez
  • Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr.
  • Trevor Smith, Jr.
  • Bus-a-Bus
  • Busta Remo
  • Basta Rayms
  • Trevor Smith
  • Islam
  • Jamaican American
  • African American
  • United States of America
  • Uniondale High School
    (1990 - )
  • George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School
Lived in
  • Brooklyn

on July 23, 2013

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