Busta Rhymes

Rapper, Actor
At a time when "gangsta rap" dominated the airwaves and pop culture, Busta Rhymes introduced his own unique style of hip-hop, punctuated by lightning-speed rapping over exotic beats, which put him on the map and on top ... Read more »
Born: 05/19/1972 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (67)

Full Clip 2014 (Movie)

Joshua Pope (Actor)

Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop and the Cops 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

BET Hip Hop Awards '11 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

SOS Saving OurSelves: Help for Haiti 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Breaking Point 2009 (Movie)

Al Bowen (Actor)

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

BET Hip-Hop Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boondocks 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 2006 MTV Video Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Death of a Dynasty 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Video Game Awards 2004 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Cosby 1996 - 1999, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

MTV Soundtrack: Tupac: Resurrection 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1996 - 1999, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ride With Funkmaster Flex 1998 - 1999, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wayans Bros 1997 - 1999, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chappelle's Show 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Party with Spike World Premiere Special 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

16th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2002 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Halloween: Resurrection 2002 (Movie)

Freddie Harris (Actor)

Making the Video 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Narc 2002 (Movie)

Darnell "Big D Love" Beery (Actor)

The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

World's Sexiest Athletes 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Direct Effect 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV Icon: Janet Jackson 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV20: Grab the Mic -- A Hip-Hop History 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV20: Live and Almost Legal 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 MTV Video Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Source Sound Lab 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Backstage 2000 (Movie)

cameo appearance (Actor)

Finding Forrester 2000 (Movie)

Terrell (Actor)

NetAid 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

One Love: The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

Rasaan (Actor)

The 14th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 MTV Movie Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual American Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The BET 20th Anniversary Celebration 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

13th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual American Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 MTV Europe Video Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 1999 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Steve Harvey Show 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

On Tour 1996 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1997 Billboard Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1997 MTV Video Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rugrats Movie 1998 (Movie)

of Reptar Wagon (Voice)

It Just Takes One 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Rhyme & Reason 1997 (Movie)

Participating Artist (Actor)

Soul Train Music Awards: 11th Anniversary 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th NAACP Image Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Higher Learning 1995 (Movie)

Dreads (Actor)

Who's the Man? 1993 (Movie)

Jawaan (Actor)

It's Black Entertainment (TV Show)

Actor

Strapped (TV Show)

Actor
Music (32)

Rio 2 2014 (Movie)

("Look At Me Now") (Song)

Step Up: Revolution 2012 (Movie)

("Let's Go (Ricky Luna Remix)") (Song Performer)

Step Up 3-D 2010 (Movie)

("Tear Da Roof Off") (Song)

Fast & Furious 2009 (Movie)

("G-Stro") (Song Performer)

Fast & Furious 2009 (Movie)

("G-Stro") (Song)

BET Hip Hop Awards 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Performer

Movies Rock 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Performer

Step Up 2 The Streets 2008 (Movie)

("Get Down") (Song Performer)

Transporter 3 2008 (Movie)

("Bounce") (Song Performer)

Norbit 2007 (Movie)

("Don't Cha") (Song Performer)

Spring Breakdown 2007 (Movie)

("Run The Show") (Song)

2006 BET Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Performer

Date Movie 2006 (Movie)

("Don't Cha") (Song Performer)

Death of a Dynasty 2005 (Movie)

("Bad Boy For Life") (Song Performer)

Mean Girls 2004 (Movie)

("Fire") (Song Performer)

Mean Girls 2004 (Movie)

("Fire") (Song)

Love Don't Cost a Thing 2003 (Movie)

("Shorty (Put It On The Floor)") (Song Performer)

New Year's Eve Pajama Party 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Performer

The 2002 Billboard Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The 2002 MTV Video Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Performer

The 2003 Espy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Narc 2002 (Movie)

("Bladow!!") (Song Performer)

Scooby-Doo 2002 (Movie)

("Freaks Come Out At Night") (Song Performer)

Glitter 2001 (Movie)

("Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" (with Mariah Carey)) (Song Performer)

Source All Access TV 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Can't Hardly Wait 1998 (Movie)

song producer & performer("Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up") (Song)

Slam 1998 (Movie)

("Take a Walk in My Shoes" (featuring Flipmode Squad/Rampage/Spliffstar/Babysham/Rab Diggs)) (Song Performer)

The Rugrats Movie 1998 (Movie)

("On Your Marks, Get Set, Ready, Go!") (Song Performer)

Set It Off 1996 (Movie)

("Live to Regret") (Song Performer)

Space Jam 1996 (Movie)

("Hit 'Em High (The Monstars' Anthem)") (Song Performer)

When We Were Kings 1996 (Movie)

("Rumble in the Jungle (contains elements of 'The Name of the Game' and 'Angel in the Morning')") (Song Performer)

The Flight That Fought Back (TV Show)

Song Performer
Producer (1)

Full Clip 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

At a time when "gangsta rap" dominated the airwaves and pop culture, Busta Rhymes introduced his own unique style of hip-hop, punctuated by lightning-speed rapping over exotic beats, which put him on the map and on top of the charts. Rhymes launched his music career with the East Coast rap crew Leaders of the New School and quickly emerged not only as the group's breakout star, but as a promising talent poised for a successful solo career. After the group disbanded, Rhymes earned solid critical reviews and delivered chart-topping singles with back-to-back hit albums The Coming (1996) and When Disaster Strikes (1997). A consummate entertainer, Rhymes branched out to film and television acting throughout his career, including dramatic turns in John Singleton's "Higher Learning" (1995) and Gus Van Sant's "Finding Forrester" (2000). Yet it was in music where Rhymes continued to have the most success, through hit albums and memorable guest vocals that established him as an influential and highly marketable figure in hip-hop.

Relationships

T'Ziah Jones

Son
born in 1993 mother, former girlfriend Joanne

EDUCATION

Uniondale High School

Uniondale , New York
played basketball

Milestones

2002

Cast in "Halloween: Resurrection"

2002

Co-starred in the crime thriller "Narc"

2000

Returned to acting with roles in "Shaft" and "Finding Forrester"

1999

Was arrested on a felony weapons possession charge; pleaded guilty in a plea bargain that resulted in five years' probation

1995

Breakthrough screen role as a black militant in the John Singleton-directed "Higher Learning"

1993

Film debut in "Who's the Man?"

1991

Made guest appearance on track of A Tribe Called Quest's recording "Scenario"

1989

Signed to Elektra Records

At age 12, moved from Brooklyn to Long Island

While still in high school, joined with Charlie Brown, Dinco D and Milo to form the rap group Leaders of the New School

Bonus Trivia

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"I want to be acknowledged as a credible actor, and not just do roles that are written with the characteristics of Busta Rhymes in them." --Busta Rhymes quoted in The Guardian, January 26, 2002.

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"Everybody has their own level of expression of how happy they are. Hip Hop makes me express how happy I am" -Busta Rhymes "411.com"

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"It's almost not safe to be an artist, the way everybody is randomly picking people to feud with. Everybody is so busy getting caught up in so much other shit that they ain't keeping their eye on the most threatening things. At the end of the day, man, you can't protect yourself from a haymaker that's coming in toward your face if you don't see it coming."-Busta Rhymes on being a rapper Rollingstone.com

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