Busta Rhymes Net Worth $65 million
Busta Rhymes salary $2,000,000
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Busta Rhymes is an American rapper, actor, record producer and record executive and his current net worth is $65 million.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, as Trevor George Smith Jr., the son of Geraldine Green and Trevor Smith Sr., both from Jamaica.
At 12 his family moved to Uniondale, Long Island and later moved to the United Kingdom. Growing up, he spent time in Liverpool and Morecambe, England before moving back to the United States.
Together with fellow Long Island natives, Charlie Brown, Dinco D, and Cut Monitor Milo started the East Coast hip-hop group Leaders of the New School.
How did Busta Rhymes start his career?
As a group, their breakthrough came when they served as the opening act for hip-hop group Public Enemy. Thanks to Public Enemy’s member, Chuck D, Busta Rhymes and Charlie Brown got their stage names.
Later, they started recording for their album, A Future Without a Past, which they released in 1991 on Elektra Records.
During the early 1990s, the group made an appearance on A Tribe Called Quest’s posse cut “Scenario”.
25 years ago, they released T.I.M.E (The Inner Mind’s Eye) and soon after problems began as Busta Rhymes’ popularity started to grow. The group eventually broke up on the set of Yo! MTV Raps.
During the same period, Busta started making guest appearances on songs by famous artists like Big Daddy Kane, Another Bad Creation, The Notorious B.I.G., among others.
Apart from that, he also appeared on the album jacket of hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders.
Then in 1993 he had a guest appearance role in Who’s the Man? with his fellow Leaders of the New School group members. Then he continued to appear as part of an ensemble cast in the Forest Whitaker-director Strapped, alongside rapper and actor Fredo and Bokeem Woodbine.
In the following years, he continued to appear on various artists’ records, including on a remix of Craig Mack’s song “Flava in Ya Ear” for which he teamed with Puff Daddy, LL Cool J, Rampage and The Notorious B.I.G.
During the summer of 1995, he started working on his solo debut album The Coming, a few months later.
A month before the album came to the stores, he broke the records with a hit single, Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check”.
Later, he began working on his second album, When Disaster Strikes, released in 1997, which produced the hits Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See and Fire It Up.
During the following years, he released a total of six albums under various record labels such as one for Elektra, and three under J Records.
How did Busta Rhymes get famous?
Eventually, he changed the record label and signed with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment, through Interscope Records.
His seventh studio album, The Big Bang, became the first #1 album of his career selling over 209,000 copies in its first week.
The album, produced by Dr. Dre and Swizz Beats, also became his highest charting album in the UK, peaking at #19.
The album spawned the singles “Touch It”, “I Love My Bitch”, featuring Kelis and will.i.am, “New York Shit”, featuring Swizz Beatz and “In The Ghetto”.
Busta Rhymes also had a stint opening for Mariah Carey’s The Adventures of Mimi Tour.
Then he left Interscope Aftermath due to a creative clash with the company’s head Jimmy Iovine.
It followed a song featuring Linkin Park, called We Made It, then he signed with Universal Motown, where he released his eighth studio album, Back on My B.S.
The album charted at #5 on the Billboard 200 and sold 56,000 copies, becoming his first album not to receive a RIAA certification.
Back on My B.S. spawned the singles Arab Money, featuring Ron Browz, Hustler’s Anthem ’09, featuring T-Pain and Respect my Conglomerate.
How did Busta Rhymes make money?
During the early 2000s, he formed his new label Conglomerate Records and featured on C’mon (Catch ‘Em by Surprise) by Tiesto and Diplo.
A year later, he recorded Look at Me Now, with Chris Brown and Lil Wayne on Brown’s fourth album. The song received favorable reviews and became his highest chart entry on the Billboard Hot 100.
The same year, he signed a record deal with Lil Wayne’s record label, Cash Money Records.
His Conglomerate Records and Cash Money reunited with Chris Brown to make the single Why Stop Now, which became his debut single.
His ninth studio album, Year of the Dragon, featured guest appearances from Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Trey Songz, Robin Thicke, Maino, Gucci Mane, and more.
A few years later, he left Cash Money Records due to creative differences. Then he signed with Epic for his upcoming album, released in early 2017.
Today, he is famous for his outlandish style and fashion sense present in numerous innovative music videos as well as his intricate rhyming technique. Throughout his career, Busta has received 11 Grammy Award nominations.