Busta Rhymes
Back On My B.S.


2.0
poor

Review

by Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS
June 4th, 2009 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sittin in casinos like I'm gamblin with Arafat.

Following up a mediocre record in 2006's The Big Bang shouldn't be difficult. "Arab Money" hit the airwaves in October of 2008, introduced an awful dance involving pointing to an invisible spatial object, yet also established a modicum of expectation for a truly solid club oriented record. Granted, these expectations were still low - you'd be surprised at how easily a harmonic minor melody, a Surah verse, and satire on middle eastern excess can influence certain Arab reviewers. But no matter, Back on My B.S. disappoints regardless, making it a point of no contest that the Busta Rhymes of old is gone forever.

If it was a mystery to anyone the "secret" to mainstream success is a catchy hook and a dope, danceable beat (see 2008's LAX and Paper Trail for impressive execution of this strategy). The thing is, most of the production here is so dated, any time traveler could mistake it for a 20th century record; every track could have easily been constructed on a battery-powered Casio keyboard. "Shoot For the Moon" suggests a larger than life Busta, complete with a volume-static, reverb-excessive, repetitive synth chord, frustratingly off-key hook, tinny boom-claps, and pedestrian rhymes about being awesome. The truly bothersome aspect, though, is the ridiculous gangsta posturing throughout - especially unbelievable after a cameo on a Gym Class Heroes record, a conscious background, and a rapid approach towards 40.

Regardless of his typical ferocious delivery, Busta's rhymes have become lazy - coupled with sparse content, this is only a recipe for failure. Nearly the worst track on a record where the best is merely mediocre, dancehall-influenced "Kill Dem" embodies all of the above with a pure lack of creativity. The only saving grace for Back on My B.S. is less than a handful of coherent productions, seemingly torn from the instrumental version of any 2008 single. Jadakiss, Weezy, T-Pain, and a slew of other guests perform admirably (as the latter two have with nearly every mainstream hip-hop record in the past year). If only the title stood for "Back on My Bachelors of Science," Busta's career would have a more hopeful outlook - but as it stands, he should stick to singles.



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foreverendeared
June 4th 2009


14678 Comments


I'm pretty sure the only Busta i like is the couple verses he had on that one A Tribe Called Quest song haha anyway great review i had fun reading it

gaslightanthem
June 4th 2009


5209 Comments


i wish this guy would stop feeling the need to contribute verses on every other hip hop album ever because he is a massive tool

bastard
June 4th 2009


3435 Comments


i liked his early albums, but Busta Rhymes sucks now. The Big Bang was at least enjoyable cuz of Dre

Phantom
June 4th 2009


8930 Comments


Yeah I definitely like The Coming, Extinction Level Event, Anarchy and When Disaster strikes, but he slowly got worse with each later album and this sounds like it's continuing the trend.

Mikesn
Emeritus
June 6th 2009


3709 Comments


arab money is god awful

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 6th 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

racist

jefflebowski
October 5th 2011


8243 Comments


busta was way cooler when he had dreads and didn't try to be a thug

Digging: Shellac - Dude Incredible

Counterfeit
December 24th 2011


17819 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK5G6kLFE2A

sickk

DotEight
February 27th 2013


5530 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Lol album sucks but "I'm A Go And Get My.." is fucking hilarious.



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