Busta Rhymes Net Worth
Busta Rhymes (also known as Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr.), is an actor, producer, and rapper. His net worth is estimated to be around $65 million. His latest album was entitled, “Year of the Dragon,” in 2012. He has nine successful albums to date, and many of them have achieved gold or platinum status.
The son of Jamaican immigrant, Seventh-Day Adventist parents, Rhymes got his start with the Leaders of the New School, whose debut, A Future Without a Past… (#53 R&B, 1991), received some critical acclaim, especially when the boyish anthem “Case of the P.T.A.” became popular on the radio and Yo! MTV Raps. Rhymes’ appearance on 1992’s “Scenario” (#57 pop, #42 R&B), a collaborative effort between A Tribe Called Quest and the Leaders of the New School, garnered more praise from fans and critics, motivating Rhymes to go solo. But he stayed on board for the group’s second and final album, T.I.M.E: The Inner Mind’s Eye —The Endless Dispute With Reality (#66 pop, #15 R&B, 1993).
Though professionally prospering, Rhymes suffered personal tragedy in 1992 when his son was born prematurely and died. This loss seemed to haunt Rhymes’ music —each of his four albums mix murky prophecies of the apocalypse with bass-bumping party jams. The Coming (#6 pop, #1 R&B, 1996), Rhymes’ highly anticipated solo effort, turned the Brooklyn native into an instant hip-hop luminary. “Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check” (#8 pop, #6 R&B, 1996) and “It’s a Party” (#52 pop, #27 R&B, 1996) became club staples, and Rhymes soon began touring with such acts as De La Soul and Puff Daddy and the Family. When Disaster Strikes… (#3 pop, #1 R&B, 1997), E.L.E. (#12 pop, #2 R&B, 1999), and Anarchy (#4 poop, #1 R&B, 2000), bound together by the Armageddon motif, yielded hits like “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” (#2 R&B, 1997), “Dangerous” (#9 pop, #4 R&B, 1998), “Turn It Up [Remix]/Fire It Up” (#10 pop, #7 R&B, 1998), and “What’s It Gonna Be?!” (#3 pop, #1 R&B, 1999). Rhymes also made cameo appearances on a number of other artists’ 90s hip-hop records.
Tutored by renowned video director Hype Williams, Rhymes codirected or directed many of his own videos, always adding his kaleidoscopic Afrocentricism. As an actor, Rhymes has appeared in a couple of John Singleton films: 1995’s Higher Learning, which also featured rapper Ice Cube, and the 2000 remake of Shaft.
Busta Rhymes Bio Info
Full name: Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr.
Born: 20 May 1972 (age 45 years), Red Hook, New York City, New York, United States
Height: 1.85 m
Children: T’ziah Wood-Smith, Trillian Wood-Smith, T’Khi Wood-Smith, Mariah Smith
Music groups: Flimode Squad (Since 1996), Leaders of the New School (Since 1989)
Education: Uniondale High School, George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School
Busta Rhymes Quotes
- Hip-hop reflects the truth, and the problem is that hip-hop exposes a lot of the negative truth that society tries to conceal. It’s a platform where we could offer information, but it’s also an escape. – Busta Rhymes
- I have no trouble being a good dude because that’s what I am. – Busta Rhymes
- For me the best thing about winning an award is when the people cheer for your win. When you can see that the people are really happy that you are winning something, that’s the most reward thing in the world. – Busta Rhymes
- My making it is a combination of grinding, grinding, grinding and being lucky enough to finally get a shot. – Busta Rhymes
- Whether it’s working on five or 10 different things at the same time, I’ve got to stay in people’s faces. – Busta Rhymes
Busta Rhymes Videos on YouTube
With this in-depth documentary, we spoke to Busta and some of his closest collaborators about the evolution of his double time rhyme style and how dubbing live old school rap battles as a child lead him to wowing crowds today.