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Busta Rhymes Extends Rebound on Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Rigamortus’ Remix


Woo hah! Busta Rhymes has got 2011 pretty much in check. Two decades after his debut album with former group Leaders of the New School, and a decade removed from his most recent platinum-selling album (2001’s Genesis), the fast-talking rapper has had a remarkable year. Busta’s lyrically nimble guest appearance alongside Lil Wayne on Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now” helped make for one of 2011’s most ubiquitous — and undeniable — radio hits. Busta’s new Cash Money deal, revealed last week at the launch of Google Music, puts him in a position to benefit from the success of younger labelmates like Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and Drake.

Now to cap off Busta’s big year comes a long-teased remix of a track by one of the rap world’s most gifted up-and-comers, current SPIN story subject Kendrick Lamar (via Fader). On the smoothly jazz-boho “Rigamortis (Remix),” originally from Lamar’s excellent 2011 album Section.80, outsider and veteran pile up verses that are deft and tongue-twisting, but never virtuosic merely for the sake of virtuosity. “I’m spittin’,” rasps Busta, “you should be happy.” Amen.