Busta Rhymes
When Disaster Strikes...


3.5
great

Review

by Joe Schmoh USER (73 Reviews)
November 6th, 2009 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Delivered in an eccentric, concise format, Busta Rhymes follows his own unique format and creates his second and last great album.

Busta Rhymes has carved a name for himself in hip hop that will forever be noticed. Now that, in many instances, is not a very good thing to happen. Outside of his first few albums and the rare post-90s album by Mr. Rhymes which somehow manages not to suck completely (The Big Bang), his career has mostly made a name for itself as he collaborates with just about every artist that moves, and a few of the ones that don’t. Nonetheless, his first two album are truly great rap albums, and Busta Rhymes’ sophomore effort When Disaster Strikes only follows the formula that made his freshman effort such an oddball success.

What makes The Coming so good remains on When Disaster Strikes. Busta Rhymes flow contains that same unique spastic vocal rhythms, and his rhymes, though relatively simple, are quick cut and to the point. His topics generally range from how gangster he is (“Things We Doin For Money”) to how awesome he is (just about every other track), but he executes it with the already mentioned masterful flow and simple but relatable lyricism that manages to fit each of the tracks perfectly. The beats as well keep up with the same level of quality of The Coming, ranging from the exhilarating anthems like the funky trumpet of boom bap that is “Turn It Up”, the minimalistic fuzzy keyboard notes that drive “Rhymes Galore”, and of course the pre-apocalyptic pianos “The Whole World Lookin At Me”.

What makes When Disaster Strikes different from The Coming at all? Just a few inconsistencies in a formula, sometimes in a way that aides Busta, others that are harmful to the album’s general consistent. “Put All Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” and “Dangerous” lean towards the former, experimenting with more African Tribal rhythms for Busta’s rhyme scheme (and the percussion of “Put All Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” especially), and the sheer oddity of it manages to fuse together and comparatively to other rap experiments, is a major success. What faults this album though, is it’s general failure in good squad collaborations. On The Coming, Redman and Lord Have Mercy had their ways with their verse, and that just doesn’t happen as much here. “There’s Not A Problem” faults Jamal’s rhyming ability, and he doesn’t sound like a considerable MC and gets completely outshined by Busta, and “Things We Be Doin’ for Money Pt.2” simply falters as a Flipmode Squad collaboration track.

Busta Rhymes managed to make an inconsistent debut with The Coming, and with his sophomore effort When Disaster Strikes, he repeats a great success. The best moments of When Disaster Strikes appear when Busta Rhymes experiments with his incredible flow and drives it to new places, but when he’s stagnant, he remains so boringly. His crew also lacks a severe… uniquity about them that their leader possess, and no doubt will dauntingly plague Busta Rhymes albums here on out. For now, though, why not enjoy a good rap album now and then?



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hydeyomoney
November 6th 2009


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bussa Buss

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2009


31398 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pos'd on the review man, I preferred The Coming to this myself though


Digging: Objekt - Flatland

hydeyomoney
November 6th 2009


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Coming is better, but "Turn It Up" and "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See" are his two best songs and they are on this album. This album has some SHITTY filler though.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2009


31398 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed. Just like E.L.E.
Some great beats and some good flow on that one, but a LOT of filler

hydeyomoney
November 6th 2009


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Big Bang was actually has best holder for beats imo, but some of his most mediocre rhymes and flow. The rest of his albums after ELE have a general stronghold of mediocrity and the new one is just bad.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2009


31398 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed, the beat for Get You Some is poundin.
Dre wasn't it?

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2009


28704 Comments


good album brings me back to my med school days

Digging: Jessie Ware - Tough Love

hydeyomoney
November 6th 2009


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dre executively produced that album so although he didn't exactly produce all the beats, he had a lot of say on what happens.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2009


31398 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's got that recognisable Dre sound all over it
I was just listening to It Ain't Safe No More last night, that album's kinda underrated tbh

Bulldog
November 6th 2009


3796 Comments


Good review bro. I love the energy Busta brought back in the old days.

Phantom
November 6th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this album is pretty snazzy

When Disaster Strikes and Turn It Up are awes

AtavanHalen
November 6th 2009


17927 Comments


Fuck I love Busta

thebbqshrimp
November 6th 2009


1207 Comments


Turn it up, I wanna hear it real loud, just
Turn it up, so we can party in the loft, baby
Turn it up, we need to tear the roof off, so just
Turn it up, I need to make it mo hot, baby


Great album.

hydeyomoney
November 6th 2009


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hell yes.

HalfManHalfAmazing
December 17th 2010


565 Comments


I love So Hardcore, haven't heard anything else unfortunately

jefflebowski
December 24th 2011


8254 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

man, i sure do miss the old busta

random
February 10th 2012


2267 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See" is golden.

hikingmetalpunk
December 14th 2013


1060 Comments


rhymes galore

YBG613
January 25th 2014


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Title track gets me hyped up everytime!

SharkTooth
February 5th 2014


5267 Comments


I liked Extinction Level Event best, but I do agree that this is second



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