our score: 2.0 out of 5.0
nasty, raw - Genesis is a departure from Busta Rhymes'
more party-orientated material and ventures more into the streets,
ultimately ending up in the gutter. Not that the album itself
is bad, but Genesis isn't something you'll want to play
at your family reunion. Tracks like "A** On Your Shoulders"
and "Wife In Law" exhibit this.
two standout tracks yell out old school. "As I Come Back"
is centered around Busta's famous utterance from "Scenario"
by A Tribe Called Quest when he was still part of Leaders of the
New School. The other standout track is his version of Pete Rock's
remix of "Shut 'Em Down" as originally done by Public
Enemy, using the same sample. Busta keeps it real and deep on
the title track, "Genesis" and still employs his offbeat,
bouncy rhythms found on his previous albums on most tracks. "Break
Ya Neck" and "What It Is" are classic Busta Rhymes,
ensuring their success on the charts.
The low point
of Genesis is the duet with P. Diddy, "Pass The Courvosier".
The lyrics are completely unintelligible; the rough beats and
somewhat catchy refrain are the song's saving grace. This low
point is nearly matched on the album's closer; the interlude to
"Bad Dreams" is either funny or offensive, depending
on your experiences, and the track leaves a sour taste in your
mouth once all is said and done.
shows Busta Rhymes is still creative, and it also shows that he
just doesn't care what anyone thinks of him. Flipmode fans will
like Genesis more than fans of his more pop-oriented material,
but true hip-hop/rap listeners will be hard-pressed to find enough
solid tracks to support their purchase.
2. Everybody Rise Again
3. As I Come Back
4. Shut 'Em Down
6. Betta Stay Up In Your House
7. We Got What You Want
8. Truck Volume
9. Pass The Courvosier
10. Break Ya Neck
11. Bounce (Let Me See Ya Throw It)
13. Wife In Law
14. A** On Your Shoulders
15. Make It Hurt
16. What It Is
17. There's Only One
18. You Ain't F***in' Wit Me
19. Match the Name With the Voice
20. Bad Dreams