Friday, January 21, 2011

Busta Rhymes: The Individual

Growing up around the environment and era that I did, it was rare for a artist to be different. Resembling every other music genre, Hip Hop was going through a trend. We can exhibit this in today's Hip Hop by distinguishing the evident similar sounding instrumentals, tireless use of the term swag, and the claims of spending roughly $10, 000 on marijuana monthly. There is one source to blame for this trend; the listener.

There was one artist who wasn't afraid to display his true self. To have fun with his videos and to step outside of the box. Watching his videos at the ages of 11-16, I didn't really find it all that interesting because it wasn't something I was used to seeing. I couldn't cope with his artistic integrity or his vision.

Now after studying a bit of the self and theories by many philosophers, I fully see his work with a different eye, ear and mind. The level of confidence required of a artist to create this sort of work justifies their authenticity and their desire to remain their true self with out following the trends.

Busta Rhymes has always found ways to take his music to the next level. He's truly an incredible artist who now at an older age finds it hard to compete with such a trend oriented state of Hip Hop that his work has begun to dwindle and re-form into what the record labels are pushing for. It's all cool though, his legacy remains untouched. Here's a few of his videos in chronological order:

Busta Rhymes - Gimme Some More

Busta Rhymes & Janet Jackson - What's It Gonna Be?!

Busta Rhymes - Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See

Busta Rhymes & Pharrell - Light Your A** On Fire

Busta Rhymes feat.P Diddy And Pharrell Williams - Pass The Courvoisier Pt II

Busta Rhymes & Mariah Carey - I Know What You Want


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