Let’s Take It Back: Sobb Story

Remember when Busta Rhymes was dope? At one time easily one of the most original hip hop artists out there. He sounded like no one else, his style was all his own, and his videos made every other hip hop video look completely dull and boring. On the solo front, The Coming and When Disaster Strikes were amazing albums both with successful hit singles. On the visual, him and Hype Williams was a guaranteed home run each and every time, bringing out the creativity and setting an example of what a hip hop video could be. Legendary status was pretty much a given if he had just stuck to the formula.

But something strange happened along the way. I can’t recall when exactly it was but it seemed like Busta turned away from being creative and became like every other rapper out there as someone that made nothing but songs for the clubs. After awhile it was doing diss songs with G-Unit, multiple run-ins with the law, getting arrested here and there for various reasons. Busta went from “Woo Haa!”, “Dangerous” and “Gimme Some Mo” to “Pass The Courvoisier”, “Make It Clap” and “Touch It”. What the fuck happened Busta? Was it you or the game that changed? Or was it a combination of both?

It makes me happy when I look back at his early videos, especially his LONS ones with Charlie Brown and Dinco. It takes me back to a time when I got excited with anticipation waiting for his verse on Tribe’s “Scenario” and when he rocked the chorus on “Oh My God”. “RRRRROAW RRRRROAW like a dungeon dragon!” Ahhhhh, those were the days…

“Sobb Story” by Leaders of the New School:

Any hip hop video that has the rappers riding on a triple bike will ALWAYS get my approval.


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2 Responses to “Let’s Take It Back: Sobb Story”

  1. DaVid Says:

    Yeah, Busta gets lost in the sea of rappers nowadays. Even his double-time rap in that “In the Ghetto” song got pretty tired. “Touch It” was a banger, though. Mainly for the beat, and not Busta himself. In fact, “Pass the Courvoisier” knocks in the club for the same reason.

    He relies too much on a dope beat and forgets that it’s his flow and nice choruses that really make a dope song.

  2. Jero Says:

    Yeah I really like Touch It and Pass The Courvoisier but I’d take old Busta over new Busta anyday of the week. I don’t like Thuggish Ruggish Busta.

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