An exclusive interview with Busta Rhymes, called ‘The Messy Truth’ held by CNN political commentator Van Jones was uploaded a few days ago on Youtube. The conversation overall was focused on the tenth studio album of the rapper Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God, which was released on 30th October. The interview also enlightens topics of the rap legend’s first steps in music, today’s career, and legacy.
The new album is actually a sequel of legendary Busta Rhymes’ E.L.E(Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front, which saw the world almost 22 years ago. The theme of global catastrophe and horrorcore style were remained in the album, too. We can speak of born Trevor George Smith Jr. as of the prophet because the rapper warned us about a considerable shift in the world.
Even if you barely know the hip-hop icon, the two-hour interview will catch you in as anything before. The Brooklyn-based MC mentioned some important moments like the first official studio LP when he was 11 years old, and health problems. That’s how the rapper spoke about his lifestyle and consequential health decline:
I kinda just stopped giving a f### about a few things when it came to my personal well being. I just started drinking and smoking crazy and eating crazy and I got outta shape really bad and it got to the point where, I started to hear it. — I went from about 267 lbs to 340 lbs… and it felt like 340 lbs.
Busta Rhymes also shared family and inner conflicts, talked a lot about people who influenced his career such as Chuck D from Public Enemy and fellows The Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z from school years. Invincible rap king also has his fears, among others his sleep apnea and his scared son.
The rapper also commented on having a near-death experience connected with breathing problems. He said that his polyps grew so big that they blocked 90% of the breathing passageway and he was at the edge of death – this even made him cry.
The album attained 4th position on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and 7th on the US Billboard 2020. Justified guest appearances included collabs with Eminem, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Chris Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Rakim, Pete Rock, M.O.P., Rick Ross, and more.