Busta Rhymes recently released his eleventh studio album, Blockbusta, to mixed reviews. However, that hasn’t stopped the Brooklyn emcee from ploughing on as he continues to make more music.
The project featured guest appearances from the likes of Coi Leray, Bia and the Jamaican dancehall singer Shenseea, and, as he prepares to release another project, the ‘Touch It’ rhymer has revealed he plans to work with more females.
In a recent interview, the Genesis artist unveiled that he is currently working on some material with UK singer and rapper Little Simz following her four MOBO nominations. Simz (real name Simbiatu Ajikawo) has been a force in the UK music scene since the mid-2010s and received critical acclaim for her various projects.
This year, Ajikawo has been nominated for several awards, including ‘Best Female Act’, ‘Album of The Year’ for NO THANK YOU, ‘Video of The Year’ for ‘Gorilla’ and ‘Best Hip Hop Act.’
Speaking to The Guardian about the current abundance of females in rap, Busta (real name Trevor Smith) explained, “There is a huge female presence that has been really good for the culture. There has been an incredible and significant amount of dope women MCs that haven’t got the proper shine they deserved over the years.”
He continued, “That imbalance, I was never a fan of it. I love women’s presence being as strong as it is right now. My immediate favourites are Scar Lip, Coi Leray, Bia and Little Simz. I am actually in the process of doing some shit with Simz; I’m definitely looking forward to that.”
Unlike many contemporary hip-hop and R’n’B artists, Little Simz kept her most recent project shot at only ten tracks and received an unfathomable amount of critical acclaim for it. No reputable music publication gave it less than four stars, with NME writing, “This surprise 10-track collection is a clear-headed riposte to the fame game and the industry hangers-on trying to take a slice.”