Currently alive, at 43 years of age.
1972 – Trevor Smith, Jr., better known as Busta Rhymes born on the 20th of May in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, of Jamaican heritage (a definite influence on his rapping style). An American hip hop musician and actor of Jamaican descent. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the name Busta Rhymes (from former National Football League (NFL) football player George "Buster" Rhymes) after watching him perform.
1983 – Moved to Long Island and, at Uniondale High School, met up with MCs Charlie Brown, Dinco D., and Cut Monitor Milo. Inspired by fellow Long Islanders Public Enemy and Eric B. & Rakim, the foursome united as Leaders of the New School and signed a deal with Elektra Records right out of the gate, when Busta was only 17 years old.
1989 – Began recording with the album A Future Without a Past (Elektra Records), and soon gained a considerable amount of fame.
1993 – Son named T’ziah was born.
1998 – Found himself embroiled in legal problems when police discovered a loaded and unregistered gun in his Mercedes in December. The rapper was charged with criminal possession of a weapon. Rhymes’s manager, Gerald Odom, who was also in the car at the time, was arrested for marijuana possession.
2002 – Released his sixth studio album It Ain’t Safe No More. The album was moderately successful, with a hit song featuring Mariah Carey called "I Know What You Want," though fans claimed that his music was becoming more club-oriented and watered down. After its release, he left J Records.
2005 – Cut off his trademark dreadlocks during a photo shoot in a New York barbershop owned by producer Cory Rooney in November. The shop is featured on an MTV show titled The Shop. “I started growing [my hair] in December ’89. I was 17,” he said. “I signed my [record] deal and said I ain’t combing my hair no more. I don’t have to." He says the haircut was symbolic of a change in his music and the new record deal.
2006 – The release of his seventh studio album, The Big Bang. The CD became his first #1 album of his entire career. The CD sold over 209,000 copies in its first week to earn the top spot on the charts. The album also became his highest charting album in the UK, peaking at #19 there. Some of the album was leaked on the internet, and as a result several songs were left off the album and new ones added.
– Was arraigned for charges of third-degree assault after attacking a man who reportedly spat on his car in New York City on the 12th of August.
2007 – Refused a plea deal offered by the prosecutors office for the assault of his former driver, Edward Hatchett, the deal would have entailed 6 months in jail and pleading guilty to two assaults, the attack on Hatchett, and the attack on the former fan on the 20th of February. The dispute with Hatchett is believed to have been originated over back pay Hatchett felt he was owed. Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Tanya Kennedy offered Rhymes another option, pleading guilty to third-degree assault. The conditions of the proposed sentence would include: five days of community service, two weeks of youth lectures and six months of anger management classes, as well as, 3 years of probation.