May 27, 2006
Busta Rhymes - The Big Bang: Album Review
Busta Rhymes, The Big Bang (Aftermath, 2006)
First thing, a whole bunch of tracks you’d expect to be here are missing, including the Nas track ‘Rough Around the Edges’ and the Dilla banger ‘Where’s Your Money’. Here’s hoping there will be some bonus CD action in effect. With no skits or bullshit, it’s refreshingly lean (no homo) for a modern rap LP. Kaboom.
GET YOU SOME
Presumably produced by Dre, and featuring what sounds like Kelis on backing vocals. Kinda meh.
No homo. No sign of Papoose thank god.
HOW WE DO IT
How many times will Missy ruin perfectly good songs by mentioning her tush? She did it to Ghostface, now Busta gets the crotch treatment. Somebody end this madness!
NEW YORK SHIT
You’ve probably heard this already. Swizz Beats shouts a bit. People from New York get excited. Diamond D frowns as he realises DJ Scratch has bit one of his beats wholesale.
BEEN THROUGH THE STORM
Evidently Busta’s getting a bit reflective in his old age. He drafts Stevie Wonder in to sing entirely in clichés. Dre’s production is relatively entertaining, but somewhat over the top.
IN THE GHETTO
Produced by Green Lantern but coming off like something Pharrell wishes he had written, and featuring Rick James. Best enjoyed while freebasing.
Remember children, drugs destroy your mind and your home. Busta hardly excels himself lyrically on this track but, as with the rest of the album, the strong production carries it all along nicely. Might Raekwon be writing some of these lyrics?
YOU CAN’T HOLD THE TORCH
Anybody remember The Ummah? They were quite good weren’t they? Turns out they still are when nobody’s watching.
This one features Raekwon and suggests Cuban Linx II might actually be worthy of its title.
I LOVE MY B*TCH
One of the few WilliAm productions I can listen to without wanting to stab myself in the eyeball with a fork. Still, he should probably be taken out. Perhaps he could have a run in with Tony Yayo?
DON’T GET CARRIED AWAY NOW
Pretty much the whole album is in a minor key, even on the up-tempo tracks. Nas references ‘My Mind’s Spray’. New York is back in the house, etc.
THEY’RE OUT TO GET ME
Strangely sounds a bit like The Roots. I kept on expecting Talib Kweli to come in and ruin it. Imagine my relief when that didn’t happen.
Timbaland again, this time without Missy talking about her vagina. A bit country for an album that’s meant to be bringing New York back? Discuss.
I’LL DO IT ALL
Skip this one.
LEGEND OF THE FALL
Utterly bleak. Is Busta hinting at retirement?
Busta has almost managed to finally make a consistent album. Busta’s quite introspective in places, something that was missing at times from his older music. Still, he’s best when working as part of a team, something that’s been true from L.O.N.S. since. Hence the best tracks being when duelling with Q-Tip, Nas or Raekwon. I’m still reeling from the fact that it’s not sh*t as I expected. Worth copping.
Byron Crawford a/k/a Bol is the celebrated author of several books, most recently NaS Lost: A Tribute to the Little Homey.
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