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Trevor Smith Jr. (born May 20, 1972), better known as Busta Rhymes, is an American hip hop musician. Of Jamaican heritage, Busta Rhymes was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Uniondale, New York. At 12 his family moved to Long Island where he met up with other MCs from the growing New York hip hop community.
Smith is well-known throughout the hip hop community with the release of his debut solo album on Elektra Records, The Coming, in 1996 (1996 in music) after leaving the Leaders of the New School. The album's mix of ragga and hip hop made it a marginal success, and it included the US and UK top 10 single 'Woo-Hah!! Got You All In Check'. The follow-up, When Disaster Strikes... was less successful in the US but sold well overseas.

After leaving Elektra, Rhymes signed to J Records, a new label started by recently ousted Arista chief and founder Clive Davis. In 2001 (see 2001 in music), he released a greatest hits record, and a new effort. Continuing the apocalyptic theme of his previous albums, he titled his record Genesis. The aptly titled Genesis gave Busta Rhymes a rebirth of success with the mega-hits 'Break Ya Neck' and 'Pass the Courvoisier' produced by hip-hop uber-producers Dr. Dre and The Neptunes, respectively.
On November 26, 2002 (see 2002 in music) Busta Rhymes released his 6th studio album It Ain't Safe No More. Its first single, 'Make It Clap,' was a moderate hit and had a popular remix featuring a sample from Eric B. and Rakims hit song 'Eric B. is President', along with a remix video, which featured Sean Paul and gave the song an even more reggae-inspired flavor. The second single, a duet with Mariah Carey, entitled 'I Know What You Want' has been even more successful; having reached the top ten of Billboard's pop singles chart and the top ten in rap radio airplay.

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