busta rhymes Genesis (J/BMG) Rating: NNNN
Jay-Z might have better rhymes and Ghostface Killah a deeper vocabulary, but with his outsized personality and herky-jerky beats, Busta Rhymes remains the most original MC on the East Coast, the closest thing New York hiphop has to the window-rattling crunk of the dirty South. Genesis captures Rhymes at his most absurd and intense, blowing the budget on beats that match his twisted MC style. The inspired decision to splash out for Dr. Dre on a handful of tracks pays immediate dividends, including the thumping Truck Volume and the slinky Holla. Collaborations with Pete Rock, Kelis and even Mary J. Blige push Busta's mushmouth rhymes into new territory. It's nice to see Busta finally settling in.