Busta Rhymes - Genesis      
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written by Hugo Lunny    
Earlier on in 2001, after releasing four albums with his label (Elektra), Busta parted ways with them on what was understood to be some less than friendly terms. I believe it had something to do with the way that Elektra failed to promote 'Anarchy,' but I'm uncertain. Regardless of that, the big name that Busta has managed to establish for himself, was sought after by many labels and then snapped up by J. Records. Now, after releasing two singles. Busta Rhymes dropped album number 5; 'Genesis.'

The literal translation of the albums title means "The coming into being of something; the origin." Now that would imply Busta is creating something new, and it also continues along very well (title wise) with what he managed to establish throughout his intriguingly titled albums.

'Genesis' kicks off with an odd introduction, something alike Eminem's "Steve Bermen" skit; in which the artist speaks with someone high up on their record label. The main difference is that Busta receives slang filled praise, and Em was insulted. Either way, a glorifying introduction follows with Busta receiving his traditional praise.

'What It Is,' and 'Break Ya Neck,' everyone has more than likely heard by now. Both are featured here. 'What It Is' was of course featured on the second Violator compilation and is a commercial cut featuring Kelis. However, it is a nicely assembled joint. 'Break Ya Neck' is the Dre produced banger, which although is obviously intended for radio play and additional exposure, isn't a bad track at all. The bouncy beat and Busta's specially organized flow work perfectly.

There's a nice selection of dope music on 'Genesis.' From the highly energetic 'Shut 'Em Down 2002' to 'Wife In Law' (with Jahiem) talking about - well, women and relationships. Then there's the beautifully flowed 'Bounce (Let Me See Ya Throw It),' where Mr. Rhymes seamlessly talks, riding a slick and sinister, yet perfectly toned beat. Though the hook is less than amazingly created, it fits perfectly. And of course, there's the surreal, futuristically toned title track.

Busta grabbed a nice selection of guest producers for 'Genesis;' including Dr. Dre. Jay Dee, and Nottz...plus he managed to enlist some talented singers and of course, his crew The Flipmode Squad. However, guests don't always make an album great. 'Pass The Courvoisier' which features Puffy or P.Diddy, doesn't gain much from Puff's guest appearance. The track is overly eccentric, and the odd hook doesn't much fuel quality in the track.

The main low points of the album, come in the form of 'You Ain't Fuckin' With Me,' which features a very bland feeling beat and a not quite on point Busta Rhymes. 'Make It Hurt' and 'There's Only One' featuring Mary J. Blige both fall short of creating a quality lasting impression.

Though there are a selection of less than amazing tracks, 'Genesis' features a decent line up of great tracks. They manage to showcase Busta's eclectic nature and prove he can completely adjust to and manipulate a vibe created by his chosen beats. 'Genesis' does one if not more things, it proves that Busta Rhymes is in fact here to stay and I believe will keep going until his 'Extinction Level Event' actually occurs.

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