In August this year, hip-hop celebrated its 50th anniversary with various celebrations and performances honouring the culture. Moreover, several artists received awards and accolades for their contributions to the genre, and at this year’s BET Awards, Busta Rhymes’ moved many as he accepted his Lifetime Achievement Award.
During his acceptance speech, while on the podium, Busta Rhymes even teared up and paid tribute to many figures who have helped over the years and made sure to pay homage to those who are often not rewarded for their contribution.
However, Busta’s speech was so emotional it caused one rapper to cry, and during an appearance on Trick Daddy’s YouTube series Bitch I Got My Pots, Noreaga (also known as N.O.R.E.) admitted he “cried like a girl” while watching the Flipmode frontman receive his honour.
The Drink Champs co-host reflected on the award ceremony while cooking up some Southern staple foods like fried snapper and grits. Looking back on the moment, Noreaga (real name Victor Santiago Jr.) told the Miami host, “That was hard. I teared up. I teared up. I wasn’t gonna say nothing till you said something, but I teared up.”
He continued, “I still haven’t gotten on the phone with him to tell him that I didn’t appreciate him making me cry like a girl.” Even Trick Daddy admitted that he got emotional watching the ‘Touch It’ lyricist speak about his career and his journey.
During his speech, Busta Rhymes (real name Trevor Smith) looked back on when he was a youngster in East Flatbush and recalled when he used to sneak into New York City recording studios. He told stories about how he used to bring weed to the studio and swiftly wrote bars while others were burning it.
At one point in the speech, Busta explained, “I made sure that when my weed was moving around in that studio, I would quickly whip up a 16-bar verse before the weed came back to me. I was able to do that quick enough for them dudes to want to hear my verse. When they asked me what was I doing, I said, ‘Let me go in the booth and do it. I ain’t telling you my rhyme until you let me in the booth.'”
Smith explained that he would do this four or five times a week and, before long, was featured on all kinds of New York tracks just by way of being in recording studios on a regular basis. His sentimental journey was an inspiring tale and evidently moved Santiago Jr. You can hear Trick Daddy and Noreaga speak about the speech below.