Congratulations to the living legend, Busta Rhymes.
As reported in news sources, the hip-hop treasure will be honored as a BMI Icon at the upcoming BMI R&B/Hip Hop awards, the highest honor from the Broadcast Music Incorporation. Busta will join timeless artists like The Jacksons, Janet Jackson, Babyface, Patti LaBelle, Nile Rodgers, Snoop Dogg, Isaac Hayes, LA Reid, Al Green, and James Brown, who also won the award.
BMI vice president, creative (in Atlanta) Catherine Brewton said in a statement that the company is excited to honor Busta. She said, "Through his award-winning solo work, countless collaborations, and acting, Busta is a true innovator in every sense of the word and has made a dynamic impact on legions of fans and music creators worldwide." Brewton went on to talk about Busta's artistry. She said,
"His quick wit and intricate rapping style have made him legendary, inspiring many young performers to follow in his footsteps."
During the award show, BMI will also honor important machines behind the scenes in music like songwriters, producers, and music publishers within the last 35 years. In addition, BMI will also name their R&B/hip-hop songwriter, producer, and publisher of the year. The show goes down on September Sept. 7. at the LIV Nightclub in Miami Beach. It'll be hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O'Neill and BMI VP Brewton.
Billboard points out that in Busta's career, he's won numerous prestigious awards like eight BMI Awards, a Soul Train Music Award, and he was nominated for a Grammy 12 times and 16 times for an MTV Video Music Award but hasn't won either yet.
Busta's career in music began in the early '90s. He was an original member of the Leaders Of The New School and then went solo in 1994. In 1993, Busta founded the record label Flipmode Entertainment (in 2011, he changed it to Conglomerate).
In 1996, he dropped his debut album, The Coming, featuring the classic, "Woo-Hah!! Got You All in Check." According to a report, Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the moniker Busta.
The Brooklyn rapper released nine studio albums. Five are certified platinum, and the other two are gold. Busta's list of notable hits includes tunes like "Dangerous," "Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up," "What's It Gonna Be?!", "Pass the Courvoisier, Part II," "I Know What You Want," "Touch It," and more.
Busta also recently blessed our Hot 97 Summer Jam concert for our DJ Kay Slay tribute. Busta joined the stage with fellow hip hop legends like Papoose, The Lox, and Dipset (Jim Jones and Juelz Santana).
Congratulations Busta! Well deserved!