E.L.E. Extinction Level Event
our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
still wallowing in the success of When Disaster Strikes,
brings us his third solo effort since the disbanding of Leaders
Of The New School. Extinction Level Event, as the title
implies, continues Busta's saga of the coming of the Millennium
and ultimate distruction. Which is really the self proclaimed
havoc that he will wreck onto the ears of the listeners and the
recording industry. Up to this point, he's been pretty successful.
opens with Busta's usual intro, warning us of the coming. The
opening song "Everybody Rise" is the perfect track to start a
CD with. It kinda gives you the mental image of being in court
and having to rise when the judge walks in, but with a "let's
get this party started!!" attitude. It's purley meant to be an
intro song, but it still bangs pretty good.
track, "We Are About to Take It" has a cool retro, funky sample,
laced with the phat basslines Busta likes to lay out. The refrain
is a little annoying, but the song as a whole is good. So is the
theme title track, "Extinction Level Event (The Song of Salvation)."
The samples and refrain fit the title perfectly. It gives the
song an ominous feel, like the world IS about to end. Obviously,
the lyrics are about entering the Millennium.
intro tracks, Busta gets back on his party vibe with "Tear Da
Roof." It's a bounce track, chock full of back up accents like
old school rhymin'. "Tear Da Roof" of is offbeat, which is typical
of Busta's style, and it makes ya want to dance. The next track,
"Against All Odds," features the Flipmode Squad. If you've heard
the album, it follows the same heavy, darker, style (if you haven't
heard it, but want a review of it, let me know). "Just Give It
To Me Raw" has a hilarious intro...it mocks a middle class white
family and their views of rap. The song itself is also funny.
It's about some crazy sex shit, and is pretty graphic. Basically,
the dude will do anything when it comes to humpin and bumpin.
heard "Gimmie Some More," you know what the next few tracks are
like. "Do It to Death" has the same 'super-fast' rapping. If you
can tell where Busta takes a breath in the verses, let me know!
It's fast and flowin baby! "Gimmie Some More" is pretty basic
musically (its background track is the driving music from Psycho),
but it really shows off Busta's lyrical skills. One of the best
songs features Mystikal. "Iz They Wildin' Wit Us & Gettin' Rowdy
Wit Us?" is even faster when it comes to rhymin. It make ya feel
like whoopin some ass.
Busta cools off a bit and kicks back into the off-beat, part feel
with tracks like "Party is Goin on Over Here" and "Do the Bus
a Bus," which for some reason implants a mental image of Jerome
Bettis dancing, and "Take It Off."
E.L.E. finishes kinda weak. The last few tracks are only
highlighted by a duet by Busta and Ozzy Osbourne. Yes, you read
that right, Ozzy. It's based on the Black Sabbath tune, "Iron
Man." The other interesting thing is that the instruments are
played by The Lordz of Brooklyn. Extinction Level Event doesn't
quite live up to it's predecessor, but Busta ventures into some
new styles and ideas on it, and it still isn't bad. It's worth
Intro-There's Only One Year Left!!!
2. Everybody Rise
3. Where We Are About To Take It
4. Extinction Level Event (The Song Of Salvation)
5. Tear Da Roof Off
6. Against All Odds
7. Just Give It To Me Raw
8. Do It To Death
9. Keepin It Tight
10. Gimme Some More
11. Iz They Wildin Wit Us & Gettin Rowdy
12. Party Is Goin' On Over Here
13. Do The Bus A Bus
14. Take It Off
15. What's It Gonna Be?!
16. Hot Shit Makin' Ya Bounce
17. What The Fuck You Want!!
18. This Means War!!
19. The Burial Song (Outro)