News: Busta Rhymes Learns Rap Lessons From Diddy, "Puff Said Calm That Sh*t Down" [Video]

Saturday, May 30, 2009 2:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Busta Rhymes recently spoke on how Diddy influenced him to switch his rapping style from the early 1990's to his signature rap flow he uses today.

Recalling a studio session with the hip-hop mogul, Busta said Puff helped him re-create his emcee skills.

"It was a combination of not really the wider audience, it was more directed towards the women," Busta explained in an interview. "Like one day, me, Diddy and Q-Tip were in the studio and I tell people this story on a regular basis, like motherf*cker, Diddy was being a a**hole with me in the studio trying to f*cking pop off joke sh*t. But he said something that stuck with me and Q-Tip was kinda saying the same sh*t to me. And Puff said 'Yo Busta, b*tches don't wanna go rowwl rowwwl like a dungeon dragon with you on every f*cking record. Calm that sh*t down man. Try to spit on a song where you articulate your sh*t clearer and f*cking use your regular voice. What the f*ck is the screaming all the time on the record? B*tches don't find that sh*t sexy.' I was like, 'Yo f*ck you n*gga,' and ultimately, I went home and thought about the sh*t and then I also felt I wasn't gonna just do this sh*t because they told me to do it, I gotta do that sh*t 'cause it feels right to me." (Vlad TV)

The rapper initially entered the hip-hop spotlight with a rough sound.

Inspired by fellow Long Islanders Public Enemy and Eric B. & Rakim, the foursome united as Leaders of the New School and signed a deal with Elektra Records right out of the gate, when Busta was only 17 years old. Much respected in the hip-hop underground for their Afrocentric philosophy and tough rapping styles, Leaders of the New School debuted in 1991 with Future Without a Past... but released only one more album, 1993's T.I.M.E., before breaking up the following year. (All Music)

Despite holding a veteran rap career on various labels including Aftermath, Busta has maintained his focus on retaining "subtantial hip-hop."

"I'm happy, real happy, about a lot of things," Busta said in an interview earlier this year. "I'm in a great situation. New label, new money, new excitement, new sound, new album, just new everything. I just feel like I'm being born again or something...The album sounds like the substantial hip-hop that has been missing from the game for a long time...That traditional boom bap - hard kicks, hard snares, solid bass lines, records that sound real melodic because they're very incredibly structured songs, very lyrical records. It's the well-rounded balance of what a real hip-hop album is supposed to feel like." (Boston Herald)

His latest solo effort landed on the charts last week.

Flipmode leader Busta Rhymes' Back on my Bullsh*t just missed the Top 5 landing at No. 6 on the charts. His eighth solo project debuted with 59,300 copies after seven days on stores shelves. (Sales Wrap)

Check out Busta's interview below:

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