Saturday - November 25, 2017

Today in Hip-Hop History – Busta Rhymes – “The Coming”

The Coming is the debut studio album by American rapper Busta Rhymes. It was released on March 26, 1996, by Elektra Records. Recording sessions began to take place from late 1994 and concluded in 1995, at various recording studios. The Coming features rapping from Def Squad members Redman and Keith Murray; as well as a guest appearance from a fellow American rapper Q-Tip, and the singing from Zhané and different future Flipmode Squad members. The production on the album was handled from amongst the famed record producers and production teams such as DJ Scratch, Easy Mo Bee and The Ummah, among others.

One notable song on the album was “Keep It Movin”, which features guest verse from Busta’s former group Leaders of the New School, and it marks the last time that they would ever record a song together until his mixtape, The Return of the Dragon (The Abstract Went On Vacation) (2015).

The Coming was a critical and commercial success for Busta Rhymes. The record reached at number 6 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1996 and received a platinum certification from RIAA. Allmusic gave at a near perfect 4.5 out of 5 star rating. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic says that “Busta Rhymes has never had such an impressive showcase for his rhymes as he does on The Coming”.It boasts the hit single, “Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check” reached at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1996. It was nominated for a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance and Steve Huey of Allmusic says that the song “catapulted Busta Rhymes into solo superstardom”. It also ended up sporting another hit single, “It’s a Party” featuring Zhané. The Coming sold 793,000 copies by June 2009. The Coming, along with When Disaster Strikes… and E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front was seen as a classic rap album.

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