Busta Rhymes Shows He Still Spits Fire From The Dungeon On A Collabo With Missy (Audio)
Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliott are two beloved MCs that transcend the Hip-Hop genre. Since the TV music video-era boom, these lyricists played to the mainstream with bigger than life stage personas and massive bursts of creativity. Pop peers wanted in, and Bussa-Bus and Misdemeanor became household names with catalogs of hits. All the way, the two stayed true to the style of Rap that they loved.
The 2010s have been deliberately slower for B.R. and Miss’. That appears to be changing. Started in 2017, Busta made key, impactful appearances, including ones alongside Rapsody and A$AP Ferg, respectively. Missy began last year with a strong showing in the “I’m Better” music video. In the last week, she opened up to reveal that for the last decade, she has been battling a serious illness. This all happened while being saluted by Janet Jackson and others during Essence‘s Black Women In Music event. Both artists have held back albums, but for how long?
Now, Busta and Missy double up for “Get It.” Throughout their extensive careers, sometimes these MCs rap fast, other times they rap slow. Together, they choose the former on a pepped-up beat. This song taps into Busta’s Aftermath hit, 2006’s Swizz Beatz-produced “Touch It.” Notably, Missy was on the track’s video remix (posted below), alongside Mary J. Blige and then-Flipmode Squad First Lady, Rah Digga. This possible sequel song aims to the club epicenter. Busta Rhymes finds his pocket with Missy (and Kelly Rowland) creating a beat using their voices.
After a minute, Missy spits her rap about stacking paper and living her best life. Notably, Missy’s voice sounds lighter. The mix deliberately seems to drop in her vocal, as if she descends into the track. The beat adds some booming bass, as Misdemeanor lets the rhythm hit her flow. Busta closes out his song with another verse, talking down to clueless rappers. The beat is just as animated as the MCs, breaking out in the last minute into a brassy Funk arrangement.
This is Busta Rhymes’ third single since signing with Epic Records (after a reported Cash Money Records tenure). Last year, he dropped video single “Girlfriend” with Vybz Kartel and Tory Lanez. In 2016, the Leaders Of The New School co-founder released “AAAHHHH!” with longtime collaborator, Swizz Beatz.
#BonusBeat: The 2006 “Touch It (Remix)”:
This song was a dedication to Busta’s slain bodyguard, Israel “Izzy” Ramirez.