Man, Busta Rhymes, one of my all-time favorites, known for his animation and lyricism, took a different route with this one. After almost three years since his last album, “Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God,” he’s back with a bang.
“Blockbusta” is a rollercoaster of styles, featuring a star-studded lineup of collaborating artists and an extensive list of producers. But here’s the kicker—it’s a mixed bag, and opinions are divided.
Let’s talk about the collaborators—Quavo, Bia, Young Thug, T-Pain, Chris Brown, and the list goes on. Each brought their unique flavor to the tracks, adding a diverse range of sounds that sometimes hit the mark and, at other times, felt a bit forced.
Now, the production lineup is no joke. With producers like Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, and a host of others, you’d expect nothing less than fire. However, the reviews are mixed. Some appreciate the experimental and commercial mix, while others expected more cohesion, suggesting Busta should stick to working with one or two producers.
The album’s variety of styles, from trap beats to upbeat tracks, is a point of contention. Some tracks, like “The Return of Mansam Musa” and “Big Everything,” stand out, while others feel like a departure from Busta’s signature sound. T-Pain’s hook on “Big Everything” could’ve been more prominent, though.
While showcasing Busta’s attempt to stay relevant, falls short of the classic and unique production they expected. It’s clear that Timberland’s beats stood out, bringing a unique and creative touch that resonated with listeners, despite the overall commercial approach of the album.
For me, the disappointment lies in the album feeling a bit forced, like they were trying too hard to keep Busta Rhymes in the current hip-hop scene. As a long-time fan, I expected more of that legendary Busta flavor, and I’m not alone in feeling a bit let down.
In conclusion, “Blockbusta” marks a return to the studio for Busta Rhymes, but it’s a departure from the expectations of many. With its mixed reviews, ranging from admiration for Busta’s lyricism to disappointment in the album’s variety of styles, it’s clear that opinions are split.
As for me, I’m giving this album a 7.5 out of 10. It’s not bad, but it’s not the classic we were hoping for. Busta Rhymes is already a legend, and he doesn’t need to force his way into the current scene. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Until next time, peace!