Throwback Thursdays Vol 20

Wow. 20 Throwbacks.

It became a bit of a history lesson last week so today I’m swinging my throwback in the direction of both an artist and track which hopefully most of you can relate to.

I had a lot of fun writing this. Busta Rhymes is a real character and browsing through his past videography brings back some serious high school memories (keeping with the school theme of today). So much so that I’m scrapping the track I was going to do (sue me) and instead I’m opting for one of those high school throwbacks in the splendid candour of Gimme Some More.

Deep within the shiny-suit era and an industry dominated now by bulging video budgets, the track and video itself are both complimentary yet contrasting at the same time. In Gimme Some More, Busta gives us a trip down memory lane with a lesson in his early-career rapid-fire, complex flow equipped in full with braggadocio consciousness. However, the visuals are perhaps the weirdest I’ve ever laid eyes on; and certainly do not accentuate Busta’s street credibility.

Yet at the same time, they just seem to work. The manic lyricism over the creepy, whining backdrop accompanied with fish-eye perspective and elaborate costume design keeps you awake at night, anxious that little blue monster is peering around your door.

Bussa Buss has continued with his bizarre visuals (Break Ya Neck and Make It Clap to name a few) throughout his career, and on reflection, perhaps is a subliminal indication of his confidence in the booth; knowing his microphone skills do the talking themselves allowing him to truly reflect his genuine enjoyment in what he does. Or maybe it’s just the video getting to me.

Busta Rhymes – Gimme Some More

Murray’s BDK Rating:ger

Up Next Week…

The non-butchered version of: “Engine engine number 9, on the New York transit line, if my train goes off the track, pick it up, pick it up, pick it up!”

One of the most era-defining hip-hop songs to come out of New York. Period.

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