Busta Rhymes

Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr. AKA Busta Rhymes


Educational Background and Location

Uniondale High School, George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School, Red Hook, New York City, NY

Brief Personal Bio

While attending Westinghouse High School Busta Rhymes participated in a rap battle with his fellow schoolmate Jay Z in the school's cafeteria. In 1989, teaming up with Charlie Brown (born Bryan Higgins), Dinco D (born James Jackson) and Cut Monitor Milo (born Sheldon Scott), Busta Rhymes and his friends formed the East Coast hip hop group Leaders of the New School which ultimately launched Busta Rhymes' career.

These are a Few of Their Favorite Things

  • Favorite Color--Navy Blue

  • Favorite Food--Cheeseburger

Common Literary Elements/Structure/Themes in their Work

Busta Rhymes uses "a technique known as 'metrical transference'" and "integral rhythmic divisions of a flow" in his many lyrical rap songs.

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What does it mean if you were matched to this artist? Why is it important?

When matched to Busta Rhymes, you are matched to an artist who includes many of the similar techinques you put in your piece. For example, your poece may include a techinque called "metrical inference" which alters the perception of rhythm patterns by adding metric accents into different lines. This may be an element of your poem (or main element). It is important to recognize the similarity you have to this artist because it helps you understand more of the style of your literary work. In this instance, your work would most likely contain techniques that are similar to Busta Rhymes' and recognizing this could help to further develop your style and approach at writing poems.

Literary Value

Busta Rhymes' music involves "a technique known as 'metrical transference'" along with lyrical witty rhymes.

List of Albums / Artist Spotify Link

The Coming, When Disaster Strikes..., E.L.E., Anarchy, Genesis, It Ain't Safe No More, The Big Bang, Back on My B.S., Year of the Dragon


Social Handles (Links)

twitter: @BustaRhymes, facebook: @bustarhymesworldwide