News: Busta Rhymes Preps Big Tribute Record, "I'm Writing The Most Compelling Song For Haiti"

Monday, Jan 25, 2010 12:00PM

Written by Biz Jones

New York rapper Busta Rhymes has decided to pen a tribute track for Haiti in light of this month's massive earthquake.

While not offering up many details, the rapper said he felt the track was going to be memorable.

"Dready I'm writing the most compelling song 4 Haiti over this beat u left me wit lastnight...One of the realest things I ever wrote bruddah!," he wrote Sunday (January 24) evening via Twitter. "RT @iamjpierce: @BusaBusss If I could some what dedicate my urban artwork into this Haiti dedication, I'M IN!" RT @PattyLaurent: @BusaBusss You sound like you are in a MARVELOUS mood :-) lol. What's good bro? Ur right baby and I'm gonna make u proud! @Dready10 No doubt bruddah..." (Busta Rhymes' Twitter)

After producer Swizz Beatz united rapper Jay-Z and rocker Bono for the Haiti tribute "Stranded," rap pioneer Russell Simmons publicly acknowledged him.

"In the early morning following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, I received a phone call from a young man, with a tremendous amount of talent, who wanted to do what he could to help the Haitian people. Four days later he called again and sang me the hook over the phone. He told me that he got Jay, Bono, The Edge and Rihanna to do the record with him. I knew it would be a hit, but more importantly I knew it would bring hope to the Haiti nation. Sitting at the phone banks during the Haiti telethon on Friday night, I was deeply moved to hear the final version performed. And now the song is being played all over the world! My man, Swizz Beatz is an unsung hero. As a producer, he often times doesn't get the credit he deserves, so I just wanted to make sure that we honor his work on this record and his work for so many other causes. I am proud to call him my friend and I am humbled by his service. (Global Grind)

Rapper Twista recently explained why he penned the Haiti tribute, "911."

""When I did that, it was just like what I saw with HurricaneKatrina," Twista explained via telephone from Chicago. "What I saw in Haiti hit me just the same. Especially if you're a person that is black and you're into our African culture, when you saw these things, it hits you harder than the average person. I know Wyclef personally, I'm a fan of his music before any of this happened. He put out CDs that were completely in Haitian. I would still bump those CDs 'cause I was into the whole vibe of it. I happened to be in the studio working. It was during the week when I was putting out a different freestyle for each day of the week. Once that [tragedy] happened, it was a no-brainer, like, 'What I gotta do today?' I thought real hard and the Mary J. Blige and Wyclef [Jean] '911' song came to me. I looped it up, played it for a while and thought about everything I wanted to say before I went in there. I just put something down. I thought it wasn't about lyrical skill -- just go straight in and tell them how you feel how you think people should react. That's what I did." (MTV)

The disaster took place earlier this month.

The major earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday may lead to hundreds of millions of dollars of insured losses, risk assessor Eqecat said, an amount that could have been higher had underwriters loosened their standards. Eqecat indicated that insured buildings often must meet a higher standard and therefore may sustain less damage. However, the company said Haiti's magnitude 7.0 earthquake, whose epicenter was just 10 miles (16 km) from the capital of Port-au-Prince, "is very severe, and even well-designed buildings could expect damage from this event." (Reuters)

Check out Jay-Z and Bono's "Stranded" down below:

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