Busta Rhymes, A Hip Hop Legend
“As one of the pioneers of hip-hop, we are excited to honor Busta Rhymes as a BMI Icon,” said Catherine Brewton, Vice-President of BMI. “Through his award-winning solo work, countless collaborations and acting, Busta is a true innovator in every sense of the word. He has made a dynamic impact on legions of fans and music creators worldwide. His quick wit and intricate rapping style have made him legendary, inspiring many young performers to follow in his footsteps. We’re also thrilled to be back in person in Miami, celebrating our top music creators behind some of today’s most-performed songs. We’re looking forward to a fantastic night of great music.”
During the evening, BMI will also honor the songwriters, producers, and publishers who had the most successful R&B/Hip-Hop songs in the US this year.
A Career Full of Hits
Rhymes’ career started with the hip-hop crew Leaders of the New School in the early 90s. He went solo in 1996 and had a massive hit with “Woo-Hah!! Got You All in Check.” The single was quickly certified platinum and he was nominated for a GRAMMY. Busta Rymes was very creative in the ’90s and 2000s, especially with his album The Big Bang. Busta Rhymes has achieved great success with several of his hit songs, such as “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See,” “Break Ya Neck,” “Dangerous,” “Gimme Some More” and “What’s It’s Gonna Be?,” featuring Janet Jackson. These songs have become iconic in the hip-hop world. They cemented his reputation as one of the most in-demand rappers in the industry.
In 2020, Busta released the critically acclaimed ELE 2: The Wrath of God. An album that was praised by critics for its production quality and skillful hip-hop delivery.