Busta Rhymes’ Video Shows What His Life Would Be If He Never Rapped

Over two years ago, Busta Rhymes released a hallmark album in his career. 2020’s Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God arrived at a time following a near-death respiratory issue for the MC legend. Additionally, the Conglomerate release drew from various sides and career points from Trevor Smith, Jr.—including his Leaders Of The New School/Native Tongues time, his Aftermath era, his days running with Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and his ability to thrive alongside Dancehall artists.

“You Will Never Find Another Me” is a touchstone within ELE2. The self-produced song, featuring Mary J. Blige, looks back at Busta’s career, and looks at all that he’s added to the Hip-Hop game. “Top-notch of the block, it don’t stop / Chimney hot ’til they miss me a lot like Biggie and Pac / Til they come get rid of me, not,” begins the first verse. The lyrics offered deep revelation too. Later, the Native Tongues alum raps, “How far I’ve come and I rep it and do it just because / We diggin’ deep, so come with me and let me take you to it / If we don’t do it, who else gon’ do it the way we do it? / The old wise man on the corner sippin’ whiskey / He always said, ‘When I’m gone, watch how I make ’em miss me’ / I took those words and I live ’em, no matter how I suffer / And while I’m here to love you, there’ll never be another.” Having nearly lost his life, Busta Rhymes was not humble in telling the game that they will miss him—whenever that time comes. It also came after more than a decade between B.R. LPs.

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The video matches the sentiment. Like Biggie’s Ready To Die, the video traces the whole life of Busta Rhymes. His song’s guest, the Oscar-nominated Mary J. Blige, portrays an angelic presence throughout the man’s life. She helps him gain direction, even in vignettes that show him struggling and lost. However, upon closer inspection, there is no Hip-Hop in the man’s life—at least in the obvious sense. In a song about self-worth, Busta subtly gives it up to the culture that changed his life. The actor playing young Busta has a striking resemblance to the real man, thanks to some CGI and quality acting.

Using the real Busta, the sequence ages the 50-year-old into his seventies and eighties. The angel arrives to see him to transition. The powerful sequence carries strong production value. Clearly, Hip-Hop has played a massive role in Trevor Smith, Jr’s life, and he has played an equal role in the culture—for well over 30 years.

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Several new songs by and featuring Busta Rhymes are currently on the official Ambrosia For Heads playlist:

With the video, Busta Rhymes has announced an EP, The Fuse Is Lit, which includes the Big Daddy Kane and Conway The Machine collaboration, “Slap.” The video single is a remake of Big Daddy Kane’s collabo’ “Just Rhymin’ With The Biz” from 1988’s Long Live The Kane. Both versions are produced by Marley Marl.

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The project will arrive November 18, after original plans for this Friday (November 11). B.R. moved the date to respect Takeoff’s funeral service. That decision comes with a tribute to Hip-Hop’s fallen soldiers within the video.

#BonusBeat: A 2020 episode of Ambrosia For Heads’ What’s The Headline podcast that examines Busta Rhymes making a classic album nearly 30 years into his career: