Few names command as much respect and reverence as Busta Rhymes. The legendary rapper, known for his explosive flow, is gearing up to release his 10th studio album, Blockbusta, on November 24. What sets this release apart in the rapper’s 30-plus year career is not just Busta’s lyrical finesse, but also the impressive lineup of executive producers who have come together to craft what promises to be a epic album.
Busta Rhymes revealed that Blockbusta will feature an incredible lineup of executive producers. The dream team includes none other than Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, and Busta himself, making it a gathering of musical maestros like no other.
The announcement of the album was made through a video shared by Busta, showcasing his tight-knit executive producer team. Each member expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to collaborate on this significant project.
Timbaland, known for his impeccable production on songs such as “One In A Million” by Aaliyah, and “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” by Missy Elliot, said, “I’m so grateful that you chose me to be a part of your legacy.” His words echo the sentiments of all involved, as Busta Rhymes’ legacy in hip-hop is indeed an illustrious one—the rapper and super producer was just celebrated at the BET Awards, honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
“You genuinely feel illuminated. This illumination is valuable because I believe people will be able to perceive and experience it,” Pharrell added.
Swizz Beatz, the man behind countless hip-hop hits, playfully referred to Pharrell as “the pharaoh,” Timbaland as “the king,” and himself as “the student” in the video. This lighthearted camaraderie among the executive producers demonstrates the creative synergy and chemistry at the heart of the forthcoming album.
While Busta Rhymes has opted to keep the album’s list of featured artists shrouded in secrecy, fans have already savored several collaborations this year. Songs such as “Beach Ball” featuring Bia, “Murda” featuring Bilal, and “Luxury Life” with Coi Leray, have heightened the anticipation, with the latter co-produced by Swizz Beatz. “Beach Ball,” in particular, is one of the few slated to be featured on Blockbusta.
Busta Rhymes’ last full-length release, Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God, arrived in 2020 and was met with critical acclaim. The LP featured an impressive array of guest appearances from the likes of Mariah Carey, Q-Tip, and Kendrick Lamar.
Prior, Busta took an extended break from releasing full-length projects, offering fans a free release on Google Play in 2012 with Year of the Dragon. Now, the anticipation for Blockbusta is at an all-time high, as it marks a return to the spotlight for one of hip-hop’s most iconic figures.
Blockbusta is set to be a defining moment in Busta Rhymes’ storied career. With a lineup of executive producers that reads like a who’s who of hip-hop royalty, fans can expect nothing short of an epic experience when the album drops on November 24. Busta Rhymes is back, and he’s bringing the industry’s best with him.