Influential veteran rapper Busta Rhymes has released his first studio album in more than a decade. The album, ‘Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God,’ brings together fellow veterans – including Rakim and Q-Tip – with contemporary stars including Kendrick Lamar and Anderson .Paak.
It also features other A-list collaborations with Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Rick Ross.
The first ‘Extinction Level Event’ record was released in 1998 while the sequel is Busta’s first full-length effort since 2012’s ‘Year of the Dragon.’
“There’s just a whole lot of craziness going on,” Busta said. “But ultimately, this album is the embodiment of trying to inform people and try to empower people and try to remind people that you do have the ability to grow and nurture and nourish yourself and feed yourself and who you affect directly and indirectly to be greater – and also unwind sometimes and be able to remember that we still have to — we still have to live.”
“We still gotta laugh. We still got to learn. We still got to love. That’s important. That’s the recharge part.”
On Thursday, the rapper released the single, ‘Look Over Your Shoulder’ featuring Kendrick Lamar. Its accompanying lyric video finds the two rappers trading verses over a sample of Jackson 5’s ‘I’ll Be There.’