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Also Known As: Trevor Smith Jr., Trevor Smith Died:
Born: May 20, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, rapper

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At a time when "gangsta rap" dominated the airwaves and pop culture, Busta Rhymes introduced his own unique style of hip-hop, punctuated by lightning-speed rapping over exotic beats, which put him on the map and on top of the charts. Rhymes launched his music career with the East Coast rap crew Leaders of the New School and quickly emerged not only as the group's breakout star, but as a promising talent poised for a successful solo career. After the group disbanded, Rhymes earned solid critical reviews and delivered chart-topping singles with back-to-back hit albums The Coming (1996) and When Disaster Strikes (1997). A consummate entertainer, Rhymes branched out to film and television acting throughout his career, including dramatic turns in John Singleton's "Higher Learning" (1995) and Gus Van Sant's "Finding Forrester" (2000). Yet it was in music where Rhymes continued to have the most success, through hit albums and memorable guest vocals that established him as an influential and highly marketable figure in hip-hop.

At a time when "gangsta rap" dominated the airwaves and pop culture, Busta Rhymes introduced his own unique style of hip-hop, punctuated by lightning-speed rapping over exotic beats, which put him on the map and on top of the charts. Rhymes launched his music career with the East Coast rap crew Leaders of the New School and quickly emerged not only as the group's breakout star, but as a promising talent poised for a successful solo career. After the group disbanded, Rhymes earned solid critical reviews and delivered chart-topping singles with back-to-back hit albums The Coming (1996) and When Disaster Strikes (1997). A consummate entertainer, Rhymes branched out to film and television acting throughout his career, including dramatic turns in John Singleton's "Higher Learning" (1995) and Gus Van Sant's "Finding Forrester" (2000). Yet it was in music where Rhymes continued to have the most success, through hit albums and memorable guest vocals that established him as an influential and highly marketable figure in hip-hop.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Breaking Point (2009)
2.
 Halloween: Resurrection (2002) Freddie Harris
3.
 Narc (2002) Darnell 'Big D Love' Beery
4.
 Shaft (2000) Rasaan
5.
 Finding Forrester (2000) Terrell
6.
 Backstage (2000) Cameo Appearance
7.
 Rugrats Movie, The (1998) Voice Of Reptar Wagon
8.
 Rhyme & Reason (1997) Participating Artist
9.
 Higher Learning (1995) Dreads
10.
 Who's the Man? (1993) Jawaan
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Milestones close milestones

:
At age 12, moved from Brooklyn to Long Island
:
While still in high school, joined with Charlie Brown, Dinco D and Milo to form the rap group Leaders of the New School
1989:
Signed to Elektra Records
1991:
Made guest appearance on track of A Tribe Called Quest's recording "Scenario"
1993:
Film debut in "Who's the Man?"
1995:
Breakthrough screen role as a black militant in the John Singleton-directed "Higher Learning"
1999:
Was arrested on a felony weapons possession charge; pleaded guilty in a plea bargain that resulted in five years' probation
2000:
Returned to acting with roles in "Shaft" and "Finding Forrester"
2002:
Cast in "Halloween: Resurrection"
2002:
Co-starred in the crime thriller "Narc"
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Education

Uniondale High School: Uniondale , New York -

Notes

"I want to be acknowledged as a credible actor, and not just do roles that are written with the characteristics of Busta Rhymes in them." --Busta Rhymes quoted in The Guardian, January 26, 2002.

"Everybody has their own level of expression of how happy they are. Hip Hop makes me express how happy I am" -Busta Rhymes "411.com"

"It's almost not safe to be an artist, the way everybody is randomly picking people to feud with. Everybody is so busy getting caught up in so much other shit that they ain't keeping their eye on the most threatening things. At the end of the day, man, you can't protect yourself from a haymaker that's coming in toward your face if you don't see it coming."-Busta Rhymes on being a rapper Rollingstone.com

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companion:
Joanne.

Family close complete family listing

son:
Tahiem Jones. Born prematurely in 1993; died two hours after birth.
son:
T'Ziah Jones.

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