On this date a quarter-century ago, Busta Rhymes did the inevitable and released his highly anticipated solo album The Coming on Elektra Records.

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Even though the Leaders Of The New School were a celebrated group within the culture, it was always suggested that Busta drop a solo project minus LONS. With production from the likes of Easy Mo Bee, DJ Scratch, and even Busta Buss himself, The Coming served as an introductory project of what was to come from one of the greatest lyricists in the game. Appearance from the likes of the late Notorious B.I.G., A Tribe Called Quest(who first introduced Busta on “Scenario”), Heavy D and The Boyz, and Mary J. Blige.

The 13 track, full-length studio album was chock full of hits including “Everything Remains Raw”, the Zhane-powered “It’s A Party”, and the album’s lead single “Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check”. This album also introduces Busta’s own “Flipmode Squad” consisting of Lord Have Mercy, Rampage, Rah Digga, and Spliff Star.


Salute to Busta on his premiere project; definitely an important piece of Hip Hop history!