Busta Rhymes

Busta Rhymes Reminisces on Battling Jay Z in High School

  /  05.07.2015

Busta Rhymes was destined for greatness. During his visit to DJ Skee’s new Fuse show “SKEE TV” on Thursday, the hip-hop icon reminisced about coming up as an MC in high school. He attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School with two fellow legends, the Notorious B.I.G. and Jay Z.

He never knew Biggie was an MC because Busta was never actually in class. “I didn’t know Biggie rhymed in school ’cause in school we was cuttin’ a lot of class and we was smokin’ a lot of weed and bullshittin’,” he admitted.

But he was familiar with Hov’s talent. “I knew Jay Z was rhyming ’cause me and Jay Z battled in school, speed rapping,” he said. “He had finessed the speed rapping phenomenally at that time and I was new with the speed rapping, but losing that battle to Jay in speed rapping is what made me one of the most dangerous speed rappers today.”

Years later, the tables have turned. “Jay know he can’t see me in no speed rapping today,” laughed Busta.

However, if it wasn’t for Jay, Busta wouldn’t have honed in on his speed rapping. “He inspired my desire to want to master it because, under the circumstances of how I took the L, it didn’t rest well with me.”

He sharpened his skills, hoping for a rematch, but that moment never came.

For the rest of the interview, tune in to “SKEE TV” on Fuse at 10:30 p.m. tonight.


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