Busta Rhymes – American rapper, actor, producer
Busta Rhymes’s real name is Trevor George Smith Jr. He was born on 20 May 1972 in Brooklyn, New York. He adopted the pseudonym in honor of a retired NFL player.
The musician started writing his first lyrics when he was just 12 years old. While in high school, the future rap star met Charlie Brown. As a duo, they won a contest organized by Public Enemy band.
The group members were the ones, who helped Trevor come up with a pseudonym. A little later, Smith and his school friends Dinco D, Charlie Brown, and Cut Monitor Milo formed a rap group Leaders Of The New School. They were inspired by such artists as Rakim, Public Enemy, and Eric B.
Trevor was 17 when he signed his first contract with Elektra label. In 1991, the band released its debut album, Future Without A Past. It gained some local popularity as an “underground” genre album. However, the group disbanded in 1993 right after releasing the second LP.