BUSTA RHYMES - BUS A BUS: I finally picked up an X-box a few weeks ago and aside from being able to bring my Madden skills up to 21st century standards the system allows you to put songs from CDs onto the system to use as background music during the games. After a week or so of racing around in my Sega GT 2002 Puegot hatchback to Del and Wu-Tang Clan, I was looking for something else to add to the rotation.

After a short search I settled on Total Devastation: The Best of Busta Rhymes. By the end of the third race I realized that Bus A Bus, even if his career ended today, is going to go down as one of the most original MCs to touch the mic. Despite not being one of the artform's lyrical giants, the combination of his delivery, his voice, his seemingly boundless energy and the way he seems to come from the left when we’re thinking right has allowed him to be equally as impactful on the commercial side as on the artistic side.

It’s easy to forget some of the incredibly infectious head nodders he’s dropped since he came on the scene with Leaders of the New School back in ’91, but listening to this legit greatest hits CD (hear me Cappadonna, I said LEGIT) it’s almost impossible not to get hyped courtesy of this human can of Red Bull (to borrow a phrase from Tom Tolbert).

After a few more days of breaking my neck to this collection, I decided to create this piece in tribute.

As for the lyrics, I took those from the first verse of one of my favorite Busta Rhymes cuts, “Everything Remains Raw”:

One more time I come / Knucklehead flow that make you act real dumb

Yo, I burn your food like Florence / Run up in your crib like my name was Search Warrants

Shut your mouth nigga don't you complain / Fix you up, mix you with cut like pro-caine

Ooh!! Insane to your brain / Right on your subconscious, I leave my shit stain,

I be the mostest with rhyme overdoses / Hot stepping over shit like Ini Kamoze / Sick lyrics like multiple sclerosis / Focus, while I display flows ferocious

Weak niggaz just fall and keep tumbling / Distribute lyrics like I'm hand-to-hand herb hustling


Hardcore like Quick Draw McGraw / Fuck what you heard you ain't heard this before

I make sure everything remains raw