Busta Rhymes Leads A Cypher Between His 2 Crews. He’s Still The Top Dragon (Video)
Since his Leaders Of The New School days in the early 1990s, Busta Rhymes has always had a posse surrounding him on stage and in the studio. For most of the last 25 years, it was the Flipmode Squad, which included DJ Scratch, Rampage The, Rah Digga, Baby Sham, Spliff Star, Lord Have Mercy, and at one time, Roc Marciano.
However, in 2011 he relaunched Flipmode Entertainment as The Conglomerate and put on a new wave of lyricists. In 2012 Busta dropped his ninth album Year Of The Dragon, as well as the debut Conglomerate mixtape, Catastrophic, both of which featured multiple verses from new members J-Doe and Reek Da Villain. While Reek stepped away from the crew/label in 2014, Bus’ has steadily been stacking his roster and re-tooling for the last couple of years. In 2014, O.T. Genasis yielded a viral hit with “Coco.” More recently, B.R. recruited Battle Rap veteran Murda Mook, New York big boy Prayah, his son Trillian, and a bunch more.
This month’s BET Awards Cyphers did not include Busta. Recruiting talent from Conglomerate as well as Flipmode, Bussa’ Bus takes it upon himself to put together a cypher-like display that showcases his eye for talented MCs. This is the video version of this month’s “Flipmode Squad Meets The Conglomerate,” a moment produced by DJ Scratch no less.
Prayah is first up and kicks in the door. Next is The Dragon’s son, Trillian, who seems to be the youngest in the starting five, but his turn makes it clear he’s not a novice on the mic. Then J-Doe comes in with humor-heavy bars and a smooth flow. Fourth up is O.T. Genasis, whose style is more D-boy than B-boy, but he’s nice with it regardless. Lord Jamar-affiliate Aaron Cooks follows up his iced out label-mate with a grimy verse full of stove-top coke raps. Last of The Conglomerate team, Murda Mook, kicks a 16 that shows a proven master of these types of stages.
Then it’s time for the natural disaster embodied in an MC to let loose, and let loose he does. While each rapper here has quotable lines, Busta’s aggressive closing stands out: “You rap ni**as better move when you seein’ me pull up / You got a problem, hit the gym and start doing your pull-ups / Barbaric, strong-neck rap when I’m getting these pesos / Verbally beat up 50 ni**as like lyrics from Thanos / You know I’m coming for blood, b*tch / F*ck you rappers, we put you under the mud, b*tch.”
Then to close out this affair in style, the majority of the original Flipmode posse (Bust, Rampage, Baby Sham, Spliff Star, and Rah Digga) rip a five-MC trade-off, that is performed flawlessly.
Busta Rhymes is currently wrapping up his first official LP in nearly a decade. He will also appear on next month’s Jamla Is The Squad 2.