....unlike Samson, Rhymes hasn't lost any of his Hip Hop strength.
David Aaron 2006
Busta Rhymes returns with his seventh solo album and debut on Dr Dre's Aftermath imprint. The more observant among you may have noticed that he's cut off his dreads, but have no fear - unlike Samson, Rhymes hasn't lost any of his Hip Hop strength.
The good Dr oversees production duties on several tracks; notably the Eastern flavoured "Get You Some", featuring the unmistakable flow of Q Tip, and the soul-drenched vocals of Floetry's Marsha Ambrosius. The great and the good of modern hip hop seem to be cueing up to make appearance on this disc, with Missy, Raekwon and Nas all making contributions.
But it is "Been Through The Storm", exploring Buster's family history and the dangers of easy money, which is the album's highlight; a mature track whose majesty is underlined by the vocal talents of Stevie Wonder. On a more party tip, and surely destined to be one of the biggest tracks of the year, is "I Love My Bitch", featuring Will.i.am. and Kelis.
Big Bang looks set for massive commerical successes. Busta deserves nothing less.