Busta Rhymes

Trevor Smith, Jr., better known as Busta Rhymes, (born May 20, 1972) is an American rapper singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. He was born and raised in New York City to Jamaican parents.

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Busta Rhymes performing in 2022
Trevor George Smith Jr.

(1972-05-20) May 20, 1972 (age 51)[1]
Other namesTrevor Taheim Smith
EducationUniondale High School
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • record executive
  • actor
  • businessman
Years active1986–present[2]
AwardsFull list
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • samplers
  • drums

He has performed with many pop groups, such as the Pussycat Dolls. He has carried many hit singles in his name. He is a very successful rapper who has made a lot of rap and hip hop hits. He also has a special rapping style.

So far he has been nominated for eleven Grammy Awards.


In 1989 Rhymes started a rap group called Leaders of the New School with Charlie Brown, Dinco D, and Cut Monitor Milo. The group's first album was released in 1991 by Elektra Records. In 1993 the band broke up.

In 1995 Rhymes started making his first solo album, The Coming. It was released March 26 1996.

When Disaster Strikes..., Rhymes' second album, was released September 16, 1997.

December 15, 1998 E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front was released. It was nominated for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the Grammy Awards.

Anarchy was released 2000. It was his last album on Elektra Records. On October 2 2001 Total Devastation: The Best of Busta Rhymes was released. In the same month Rhymes released a new album, Genesis. Four singles were released from it.

It Ain't Safe No More... was released November 26 2002. The album's second single was "I Know What You Want". The song had Mariah Carey singing in it. It reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart.

In 2006 The Big Bang was released. It was Rhymes' only release on Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment record label. Five singles were released from it.

Rhymes' eighth album, Back on My B.S. was released 2009.

Year of the Dragon was released 2012 for free on Google Play.

Rhymes' next album Extinction Level Event 2 was released in 2014.

Personal life

Rhymes is a Muslim.[5] He has four children: three sons named T'Ziah (born 1993), T'Khi (born 1999), and Trillian (born 2001), and a daughter named Mariah (born 1998).[6][7][8]

Studio albums

Collaboration albums

Busta Rhymes Media


  1. "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1260): 34. May 24, 2013. https://archive.org/details/sim_entertainment-weekly_2013-05-24_1260/page/34. 
  2. John Bush. "Busta Rhymes". AllMusic. Archived from the original on May 14, 2019. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  3. Fonseca, Anthony J.; Goldsmith, Melissa Ursula Dawn, eds. (2018). Hip Hop Around the World: An Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. p. 96. ISBN 9780313357596.
  4. Johnson, Kevin C. (December 23, 2011). Q&A: Local artists pay tribute to Native Tongues rap acts. https://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/music/q-a-local-artists-pay-tribute-to-native-tongues-rap-acts/article_61a7f8d4-5a87-5d5e-934e-8a4fc316acec.html. Retrieved July 16, 2021. 
  5. Hollywood.TV. "Busta Rhymes is a Muslim and talks about Islam". YouTube.
  6. Williams, Steven (June 27, 2006). "Busta Rhymes' 'Ego Hurt' By Ex-Girlfriend Becoming A Lesbian". Contactmusic.com. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  7. "Busta Rhymes Gets Results Of Paternity Test". MTV News. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  8. "Daddy Dearest: Paternity Scandals in Music". BET. Retrieved March 19, 2015.