- Full name: Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr
- Birth: (05/20/1972)
- Place of birth: Red Hook, New York City, New York state
- Occupation: Hip Hop artist, rapper, singer, TV actor and film actor
- Marital status: single
Busta Rhymes net worth history
Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr only became known as Busta Rhymes after his band Leaders of the New School went on tour as the main support act for Public Enemy. Chuck D named Smith Busta Rhymes after George Busta Rhymes the former American football player, and due to the high speed of his rapping.
Growing up in New York in the 1970’s and the 1980’s can go a long way in explaining why the future Busta Rhymes took a keen interest in rapping and the hip hop genre. New York was where the pioneers of hip hop like Run-DMC and Public Enemy where to be found. These acts were influential in Rhymes’ decision to put the Leaders of the New School together. They were arguably influential on other budding artists living in New York such as Jay Z and the Notorious B.I.G at that time.
Busta Rhymes had and still has a distinctive rapping style that contributed to the popularity and the success of the Leaders of the New School in the early 1990’s. Busta being more popular than the other members would eventually contribute to the group splitting up, and further success for its best known former member.
Leaders of the New World finished in 1993 yet Busta Rhymes was not able to complete his debut solo album The Coming until 1995. Since then he has released nine solo albums with release date for his tenth record not yet confirmed. Busta Rhymes has also worked on countless records with other artists and groups, the full list reads like a who’s who of the hip hop performers of the 1990’s. All the guest performances he did on other people’s record further enhanced his reputation as been one of the most innovative rappers of that era.
The foundation of Rhymes’ net worth of $20 million is the sales of the records he made with Leaders of the New School, his solo albums, and the projects he has worked on with others. To date he has sold over 10 million albums in the US and has had several hit singles in his own name, plus the hits of other artists he worked with.
His hit singles include Woo Hah!!, Got You All in Check, and Its a Celebration. All in all he has been successful enough for the royalty checks to keep coming in.
About Busta Rhymes
Busta Rhymes has also acted in TV shows, and movies like the 2000 remake of Shaft, Strapped, and Who’s the Man?
Rhymes has not got married, but has three children from his longest lasting relationship, and another child from a shorter relationship.
Aside from cars, Busta Rhymes has a passion for fashion. He likes to buy and wear the most outlandish clothes that he can find, the more shocks they cause the better.