When Disaster Strikes...

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When Disaster Strikes...
Studio album by Busta Rhymes
Released September 16, 1997[1]
Recorded 1996-1997
Length 72:56
Label Flipmode Records, Elektra Records
Producer Busta Rhymes (co-exec.), Rick Posada (co-exec.), DJ Scratch, Rashad Smith, Smamello & Buddah, The Ummah, Rockwilder, Easy Mo Bee, Diddy, 8 Off
Busta Rhymes chronology
The Coming
When Disaster Strikes...
E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front
Singles from When Disaster Strikes
  1. "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See"
    Released: August 13, 1997
  2. "Dangerous"
    Released: 18 November 1997 (US), 30 December 1997 (UK)
  3. "Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up"
    Released: April 21, 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Billboard (favorable)[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[3]
NME (7/10)[4]
Pitchfork Media (8.2/10)[5]
RapReviews (9/10)[6]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[9]
The Source 4/5 stars[4]
Yahoo! Music (unfavorable)[10]

When Disaster Strikes... is the second studio album by American rapper Busta Rhymes, released by Elektra on September 16, 1997.[11] The album follows the same theme as The Coming, the apocalypse. The album was a commercial success, sporting the hit singles "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" and "Dangerous". The album, upon its release, has received critical praise from most music critics, and opened at number three on the official US Billboard 200 album chart, and peaked at the top spot on the Top R&B Albums chart. The album generated three singles: "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See", "Dangerous", and "Turn It Up"—all of which found chart success on the Billboard Hot 100. The album's lead single, "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See" (notable for its music video that lampooned the 1988 film Coming to America) earned a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 40th Grammy Awards in 1998.[1] The album was certified platinum by the RIAA.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   Rudy Ray Moore 4:44
2. "The Whole World Lookin' at Me"   DJ Scratch 3:26
3. "Survival Hungry"   DJ Scratch 3:40
4. "When Disaster Strikes"   DJ Scratch 3:25
5. "So Hardcore"   The Ummah 4:51
6. "Get High Tonight"   DJ Scratch 3:51
7. "Turn It Up"   Busta Rhymes 4:11
8. "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See"   Shamello, Buddah, Epitome (co) 3:14
9. "It's All Good"   Latief, M. Bolden 5:03
10. "There's Not a Problem My Squad Can't Fix" (featuring Jamal) Busta Rhymes 5:56
11. "We Could Take it Outside" (featuring The Flipmode Squad) DJ Scratch 4:47
12. "Rhymes Galore"   Rashad Smith 2:33
13. "Things We Be Doin' for Money (Part 1)"   Easy Mo Bee 3:18
14. "Things We Be Doin' for Money (Part 2)" (featuring Rampage, Anthony Hamilton & The Chosen Generation) 8-Off Agallah, Clarence Dorsey (co) 4:56
15. "One" (featuring Erykah Badu) Rockwilder 4:38
16. "Dangerous"   Rashad Smith 3:37
17. "The Body Rock" (featuring Rampage, Sean "Puffy" Combs & Mase) Diddy 5:33
18. "Get Off My Block" (featuring Lord Have Mercy) DJ Scratch 3:58
19. "Outro (Preparation for the Final World Front)"     2:31


Chart (1997) Peak
US Billboard 200[13] 3
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[14] 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Steve Huey (1997-09-23). "When Disaster Strikes - Busta Rhymes". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  2. ^ Billboard - Google Boeken. 1997-09-27. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  3. ^ Matt Diehl (1997-09-26). "When Disaster Strikes Review". EW.com. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  4. ^ a b "Busta Rhymes - When Disaster Strikes CD Album". Cduniverse.com. 2008-01-13. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  5. ^ "Busta Rhymes: When Disaster Strikes: Pitchfork Record Review". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  6. ^ "Busta Rhymes :: When Disaster Strikes... :: Violator Records". Rapreviews.com. 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  7. ^ "CG: busta rhymes". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  8. ^ "Rolling Stone : Busta Rhymes: When Disaster Strikes". Web.archive.org. 1997-10-22. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "Busta Rhymes Reviews on Yahoo! Music". Web.archive.org. 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  11. ^ "When Disaster Strikes: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  12. ^ Billboard. 2009-06-06. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  13. ^ "Busta Rhymes Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Busta Rhymes. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  14. ^ "Busta Rhymes Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Busta Rhymes. Retrieved September 19, 2013.