What do we do with Busta Rhymes in 2013? It’s been more than a minute since his peak years of mainstream relevance – his first big break came on A Tribe Called Quest’s immortal 1992 single “Scenario” – but 2012’s Year of the Dragon was surprisingly strong, and there are more hits than misses on his Catastrophic mixtape from last year.
The internet has also been fairly excited about his new tag-team tape with Q-Tip, thanks to the single “Thank You,” which lets Busta do his lightning-tongue thing over some groovy old school new soul funk. It features the best Q-Tip verse in years, plus drop-ins from Kanye West and Lil Wayne – both of whom also appear in the spartan but satisfying video that just dropped this morning.
Give the clip a spin below and marvel at Kanye’s unwavering stare during one of Q-Tip’s verses at the 2:37 mark. It’s freaky:
Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip will release their mixtape The Abstract & The Dragon on December 12.