'Bang' A Gong
After a couple of delays, rapper Busta Rhymes makes his debut this week on Dr. Dre's Aftermath label with "The Big Bang." The album includes appearances by Stevie Wonder, the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.aAfter a couple of delays, rapper Busta Rhymes makes his debut this week on Dr. Dre's Aftermath label with "The Big Bang." The album includes appearances by Stevie Wonder, the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am and Kelis, as well as late funk legend Rick James. First single "Touch It" got as high as No. 8 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
"Bang" was produced by Swizz Beats, will.i.am and Dr. Dre over the last three years. "It was a fun but difficult process," Rhymes says of working with Dre. "It's hard to make a man move to your time when he's [already] sitting on $50 million," he adds with a laugh. "But patience ended up becoming my best weapon on this album. Guests I couldn't get the first year or second year were there the third year."
"The Big Bang" marks a major career shift for Rhymes, who released four albums through Elektra and two on J Records before jumping to Aftermath/Interscope. "It's 15 years later and it's great to have been a franchise player traded to the No. 1 team," he says.
Also changed is his appearance, as he has cut off his trademark dreadlocks as part of a personal renewal. "Eight years of court appearances later and I was awarded custody of my children," he explains. "My hair was remindful of the unnecessary rocks in my career and life. So it was time to shed the locks ... I've got my career and family right."