25 of the Greatest Busta Rhymes Quotes

Busta Rhymes, is an American recording artist, actor, record producer and record executive from Brooklyn, New York.

Rhymes has received 11 Grammy Award nominations for his musical work, and as well as Mos Def, our last featured quote collection, About.com also included him on its list of the 50 Greatest MC’s of Our Time.

We’ve put together this collection of the best Mos Def quotes:


25 Busta Rhymes Quotes

1. “At the end of the day, man, you can’t protect yourself from a haymaker that’s coming in toward your face if you don’t see it coming.” Busta Rhymes

2. “I called the album ‘The Chemo’ because it seems like the industry and music overall is dying slowly.” – Busta Rhymes

3. “I really only respect the Arab culture. I ain’t really trying to pay no attention to, ya know, these little people in political positions and executive positions that ain’t Arab culture oriented people because a lot of the times, what are you really showing all of this concern for?” – Busta Rhymes

4. “I’m a fan of making films. Whether I’m on stage or in front of a camera, one of my first loves is performing for the people. I’d like to do more acting.” Busta Rhymes

5. “New York is traditional New York, you know what I’m saying? It’s the stomping ground of the hustlers and go-getters.” – Busta Rhymes

6. “Brooklyn is where I primarily developed. I had an opportunity to make records and perform in clubs here and there, and I started networking with the right people in the right places.” – Busta Rhymes

7. “I feel like I introduce another level of my creative ability on every album.” – Busta Rhymes

8. “I started growing my hair in December ’89. I was seventeen. I signed my record deal and said I ain’t combing my hair no more. I don’t have too.” – Busta Rhymes

9. “I’m trying to set up opportunities for myself so that I don’t only have one outlet to go through and rely upon as far as a support system financially, emotionally and mentally.” – Busta Rhymes


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10. “The personal threat is something that’s always been a part of our lives.” – Busta Rhymes


11. “For me the best thing about winning an award is when the people cheer for your win. When you can see that the people are really happy that you are winning something, that’s the most reward thing in the world.” – Busta Rhymes

12. “I feel like the quality of privacy and respect of people’s personal space has been completely disintegrated. You can ask to take the picture. I will be so glad to take the picture and pose and look good for the picture.” – Busta Rhymes

13. “I want you to see that I’m looking. Look at me look at you. I’m cool with that.” – Busta Rhymes

14. “It’s almost not safe to be an artist, the way everybody is randomly picking people to feud with.” – Busta Rhymes

15. “Whether it’s working on five or 10 different things at the same time, I’ve got to stay in people’s faces.” – Busta Rhymes

16. “Hip-hop reflects the truth, and the problem is that hip-hop exposes a lot of the negative truth that society tries to conceal. It’s a platform where we could offer information, but it’s also an escape.” – Busta Rhymes

17. “”I have a song called ‘Decisions’ that features Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Common. It’s about people who have made a decision to really stand by you as friends.” – Busta Rhymes

18. “I wanted to make something that reminded people of the way albums used to feel. I wanted something as good as the stuff put out by the Bomb Squad, or Dr. Dre and his production crew, or ‘A Tribe Called Quest.’ I miss albums like those.” – Busta Rhymes


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19. “My making it is a combination of grinding, grinding, grinding and being lucky enough to finally get a shot.” – Busta Rhymes


20. “With every song I have a person in mind who, in a perfect world, would perform with me. Usually I end up not getting that person, and I’m forced to settle for someone else.” – Busta Rhymes

21. “I appreciate the additional additives and preservatives that help sell a project, but I’m sticking to what works best for me. I gotta sell the album live on stage and make people believe in the songs.” – Busta Rhymes

22. “I have no trouble being a good dude because that’s what I am.” – Busta Rhymes

23. “I will be so glad to take the picture and pose and look good for the picture. But when you catch me while I’m looking real sideways and the picture’s ugly as hell, I don’t want you to have the picture like that!” – Busta Rhymes

24. “My thinking is that if we’re going to take from a culture, let’s take from a culture that has exemplified success for thousands of years.” – Busta Rhymes

25. “You could put me on any track. I support that one million percent. Whatever the track is, I’m going to smash it. Believe that.” – Busta Rhymes



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