By Matthew Bridge
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer
The 2014 BET Awards were filled with all types of good performances and entertaining situation. By far, Busta Rhymes was the biggest talk of the event for various reasons. His weight gain and how big he looked was what got Twitter going, along with his outfit.
Back in 2006, during the 2006 BET Awards, Busta Rhymes had one of the biggest performances in the award show history. His “Touch It” performance alongside Remy Ma, Lloyd Banks, and the others was classic. But, recent years have seen Busta Rhymes take a background position.
When few people saw Busta Rhymes over the past few years, seeing him at the 2014 BET Awards, this was their first time seeing him in years. People came up with some hilarious reactions and Busta Rhymes knows about all of them. He talked about this and his ELE 2 album with Complex.
Read excerpts of Busta Rhymes’ interview with Complex below:
Speaking of social media, did you happen to notice some of the commentary regarding the BET Awards?
I mean, I heard about shit but you know that’s cool.
Okay, fair enough. Is there anything else you want to—
No, what happened?
There were people talking about your attire at the award show. I didn’t know whether it was something you cared about or just ignored.
It’s a good thing. One thing people have to remember about Busta Rhymes is that if I ever really gave a fuck, I wouldn’t be the same dude that everybody has grown to love 22 years later. I’m the same dude who could comfortably put on Givenchy shit, Tom Ford shit, and then could come through, turn around and customize a sleeveless trench vest like the one that I had on when I was standing next to Martha Stewart.
I love to do the things that other people can’t. I love to do the things that other people won’t. That’s what makes Busta Rhymes Busta Rhymes. If I started to change that, I think a lot of people would no longer feel the same way about the Busta Rhymes that they came to grow to love. I don’t do what I do to satisfy everybody. I do what I do to make the people that love Busta Rhymes happy, and that’s it.
The beautiful thing at the end of the day is that there’s never been a time in music when a motherfucker isn’t talking about Busta Rhymes. It’s when they stop talking that we have a concern. And I’m not really going to have that concern ever. You’re going to see me doing a whole of other shit in addition to this, because I’m always going to diversify the portfolio, and I’m always going to keep growing, and keep going. The same guy that you might have some bad shit to say about is going to be the same guy that’s going to fuck everybody up on every record that he gets on, and he’s going to outperform everybody on every stage that he performs on, and he’s going to wear whatever the fuck he wants, and he’s going to say what the fuck he wants, and he’s going to do what he wants because that’s the same guy that everybody has known to love.
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