Blame Dr. Dre for the 9-Year Wait for Busta Rhymes’ Album

“Welcome to Aftermath.”

Busta album when? Apparently, nine years from the start date, soon. 

In celebration of the Beat 1 Studio opening in New York on Wednesday evening, Busta Rhymes sat down with Zane Lowe and Ebro Darden to discuss his career, rap groups, and his long-awaited and many-years-in-the-making solo album.

“Nine albums later, I'm working on an album for nine years,” Busta told Lowe. “The album that I'm getting ready to release, I've been recording this shit since 2000 and fucking nine. I credit that patience to the Dr. Dre experience because when I was in Aftermath, this was the first time that I was stripped of all the memorabilia of my accolades and what I've accomplished and how great Busta Rhymes is; in my own head and from the people and from my fucking resume. Dre be like, ‘Yo, you had a great one, but you want to do it different. You want to see new results, you gotta do it a new way. Welcome to Aftermath my n***a.’ I'm like, 'What the fuck do this mean?'”

As it seems, once Busta and Dre were under the same label roof, past success meant nothing. A difficult pill to swallow, this evidently delayed the release of Busta Rhymes’ now (actually) forthcoming solo album by nine years. Some quick math implies the album will be dropping in 2018, but we all know how sturdy release dates are in this day and age.

So, Busta Rhymes signs a deal with Aftermath. Busta Rhymes releases only one album under Aftermath. Busta Rhymes experiences a nine-year-long ego death at the hands of Dr. Dre. Busta Rhymes’ solo album, if it drops this year, will be released under Epic. 

That’s what we call comedy. 

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Rhymes never released an album under Aftermath. The Big Bang, released in 2006, was an Aftermath release in conjunction with Interscope.

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