E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front
Studio album by Busta Rhymes
December 15, 1998
Producer Busta Rhymes
(exec.), Rick Posada (also exec.), DJ Mr. Stanneke, Nottz, Swizz Beatz, Jamal, Rockwilder, Rashad Smith, Armando Colon, DJ Scratch, Darrell "Delite" Allamby, Kenny "Flav" Dickerson, Hassan Big Haas The Fantom, Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, Nashiem Myrick, Diamond D
Busta Rhymes chronology
Singles from E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front
Released: September 15, 1996
" Gimme Some More"
Released: October 26, 1998
" What's It Gonna Be?!"
Released: March 9, 1999
is the third E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front studio album by American rapper Busta Rhymes. The album was released on December 15, 1998 by Flipmode and Elektra Records in North America. The album follows the apocalypse theme that was explored by Rhymes in his first two studio albums, (1996) and The Coming (1997). Musically, the album is composed of When Disaster Strikes East Coast, West Coast, horrorcore, and hardcore hip hop music. Upon release, the album was widely praised by critics, and received three Grammy Award nominations for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 42nd Grammy Awards. E.L.E. also spawned three singles that attained chart success, including the Billboard Janet Jackson-featuring " What's It Gonna Be?!", which became Rhymes' highest-charting single on the US as a lead artist, reaching number three. The album was certified Billboard Hot 100 Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling over one million copies.
Critical reception [ edit ]
The album received generally favorable reviews from most music critics. At the
42nd Grammy Awards, the album earned three nominations, one for the album itself in the category of Best Rap Album, a Best Rap Solo Performance nomination for "Gimme Some More" and a Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group nomination for "What's It Gonna Be?!" with Janet Jackson. [1 ]
Commercial performance [ edit ]
The album debuted at number twelve on the official
US album chart, remaining on the chart for thirty-two weeks. Billboard 200 [12 ] E.L.E. peaked at the number two spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, peaking inside the top fifty for thirty-five weeks. In the [13 ] United Kingdom, E.L.E. entered at number fifty-four on the official UK Albums Chart, charting for seven weeks. On January 8, 1999, the album was certified [14 ] Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipping 1,000,000 copies. [15 ]
Album cover [ edit ]
The album, and cover were influenced by popular disaster movies around the time of the album's release in 1998, primarily
and Armageddon . Busta Rhymes explained in an interview that the cover was inspired by the disaster movie Deep Impact Deep Impact, showing his image of an asteroid hitting New York City. [16 ]
Track listing [ edit ]
"There's Only One Year Left!!! (Intro)"
DJ Mr. Stanneke
"Where We Are About to Take It"
"Extinction Level Event (The Song of Salvation)"
"Tear da Roof Off"
Swizz Beatz 3:36
"Against All Odds"
(featuring The Flipmode Squad)
"Just Give It to Me Raw"
"Do It to Death"
"Keepin' It Tight"
Rashad Smith, Armando Colon 4:27
Gimme Some More"
DJ Scratch 2:39
"Iz They Wildin Wit Us & Gettin' Rowdy Wit Us?"
(featuring Mystikal) Darrell "Delite" Allamby, Kenny "Flav" Dickerson
"Party Is Goin' on Over Here"
"Do the Bus a Bus"
"Take It Off"
Hassan Big Haas The Fantom 3:07
What's It Gonna Be?!" (featuring Janet Jackson) Darrell "Delite" Allamby
"Hot Shit Makin' Ya Bounce"
Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, Nashiem Myrick 3:32
"What the Fuck You Want!!"
Diamond D 3:15
"This Means War!!"
(featuring Ozzy Osbourne) Busta Rhymes
"The Burial Song (Outro)"
Charts and certifications [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
References [ edit ]