Busta Rhymes
Busta Rhymes

Birth name

Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr.


20 May 1972 (age 44)


Brooklyn, New York, United States


Hip hop


Rapper, record producer, actor

Years active



Conglomerate, Cash Money, Republic, Aftermath, Interscope

Associated acts

The Conglomerate, DMX, Dr. Dre, J Dilla, Leaders of the New School, Lil Wayne, M.O.P., Mystikal, N.O.R.E., Q-Tip, Swizz Beats, A Tribe Called Quest

Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr. (born 20 May 1972), better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American rapper, record producer and actor from Brooklyn, New York. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the moniker Busta Rhymes after NFL wide receiver George "Buster" Rhymes. Early in his career, he was known for his wild style and fashion, and today he is best known for his intricate rapping technique, which involves rapping at a fast rate with lots of internal rhyme and half rhyme, and to date has received eleven Grammy nominations for his musical work.

Busta Rhymes was both a member of Leaders of the New School, and a founding member of the record label Conglomerate (founded as Flipmode Entertainment) and production crew The Conglomerate (formerly Flipmode Squad). In November 2011, Busta Rhymes signed a deal with Cash Money Records. He has so far released eight studio albums, with the first being the 1996 platinum-selling album The Coming. His list of hit singles include "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check", "Dangerous", "Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up", "What's It Gonna Be?!", "Pass the Courvoisier, Part II", "I Know What You Want" and "Touch It", among several others. He is set to release his tenth album E.L.E.2 (Extinction Level Event 2), in 2014, which will be a sequel to his 1998 album E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front