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: