Busta Rhymes is a famous American rapper, record executive/ producer, and occasional actor. He is well known for his intricate rhyming skills as well as his quirky personal style involving a lot of eccentric hairstyles and clothes. In his decades-long career, Busta has earned the reputation of being one of the best lyricists the rap game has ever seen.
The rapper was one of the original members of the group, Leaders of the New School. He also founded his own record label called Conglomerate. The hip-hop star has nine albums to his name, some of which went on to achieve gold or platinum status, and singles that have done very well on several music charts.
Busta Rhymes Bio (Age)
The super talented rapper was born on May 20, 1972, in New York to parents of Jamaican descent who named him Trevor George Smith Jr. He began to dabble in the rap scene when his family moved to Long Island; he was only 12 then and there, he met other rappers in the blooming hip-hop community. His massive potential began to take shape after he won a New York City rap battle as a teenager. It was in this contest that the moniker, Buster Rhymes, which would later become his stage name was coined.
The twelve-time Grammy nominated artiste’s career took off in 1989 when he and some of the guys from the neighborhood: Dinco D, Cut Monitor Milo, and Charlie Brown formed the hip-hop group, Leaders of the New School. Soon after, they released their first album in 1991 called A Future Without Past.
Busta began appearing alongside other popular acts including A Tribe Called Quest, LL Cool J, Puff Daddy, The Notorious B.I.G, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony on shows and music tracks. His debut album, The Coming was released in March of 1996 and was very well received. However, Busta’s success began to put a strain on his group, and the difficulties continued until they finally disbanded, leaving Busta to focus on his solo career.
The fame and popularity began rolling in. Busta Rhymes’ status as a top-level MC could not be disputed. He went on to release more music throughout the years and a total of eight other subsequent albums including best selling When Disaster Strikes, Extension Level Event, Genesis, and The Big Bang. His latest single Get It was released in 2018, featuring Missy Elliot and Kelly Rowland.
Leveraging his success as a musician, Busta began taking on roles in several box-office blockbusters like Finding Forester, Shaft, Narc, and Halloween: Resurrection. He has also been nominated for 14 MTV Music Video Awards, 6 BET Hip-Hop Awards, American Music Awards amongst others. In all, the rapper and producer has enjoyed a very illustrious career.
His Net Worth
Busta Rhymes has amassed a huge chunk of money, most of which has come from his various endeavors in the entertainment industry. His multiple streams of income have no doubt ensured that the rapper always has good money coming in.
His album records have sold pretty well in the past, and his fortune has grown substantially with each record he has released. Busta has been able to fuel his love for luxury cars with his wealth, his pretty impressive collection featuring a Ferrari California, Lamborghini Diablo, Mercedes G Class, Lamborghini Murcielago, Rolls Royce Phantom, and Porsche GT2RS worth millions of dollars.
He also owns designer sneakers worth thousands of dollars, as well as choppers, private jets, and lots of expensive jewelry, watches, and a luxury mansion worth over $10 million.
Busta Rhymes has been estimated to have a net worth of about $65 million, but we are yet to substantiate this figure.
Who’s His Girlfriend
At present, Busta Rhymes doesn’t appear to be dating anyone. He was in a long-term relationship with Joanne Wood which lasted for 10 years. The two had four children together, three boys named T’Zlah Wood-Smith, T’Khl Wood-Smith, Trillian Wood-Smith, and a daughter named Mariah Smith.
According to Joanne, Busta proposed three times, and each time they would agree to get married but it just never happened. The two ended their relationship after Busta discovered Joanne was a lesbian. The breakup and custody battle for their kids was very bitter as a result. Busta called her every foul name he knew and didn’t pass over a chance to trash talk her.
The rapper has also been romantically linked with other women including Karrine Steffens, Eden Har’el, and Deelishis.
Height and Other Quick Facts
Busta Rhymes is a pretty tall man standing at 6 feet 1 inch, a towering frame that no doubt makes him stand out in rooms. Here are four quick facts about the successful rapper that you probably were not aware of.
1. He held the Guinness Record for fastest rapper after he was able to spit the most syllables in a second in 2009. However, someone else now holds that record.
2. He went to the same high school as other rap legends like Jay Z, Notorious B.I.G, and DMX. We can only imagine how hot the freestyle battles at Westinghouse High School must have been with all those talents under one roof.
3. Busta used to be a clothes designer. Sometime in the 90s, he founded a clothing line called Bushi and was the creative mind behind their collections until the venture folded up.
4. The prolific lyricist has been featured on over 300 tracks, a very impressive feat that most rappers are unable to attain.