Year of the Dragon (Busta Rhymes album)

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Year of the Dragon
Studio album by Busta Rhymes
Released August 21, 2012
Recorded 2010-2012
Genre East Coast hip hop
Length 50:11
Label Google Play
Producer Ty Fyffe, Dreads Beats, Bernard "Focus..." Edwards, Jr., Ted Smooth, Andrew "Pop" Wansel, Oak, Mr. Porter, Bink!, Jahlil Beats, Boi-1da, Lamar "Mars" Edwards, Young Yonny, CyFyre, Willy Will
Busta Rhymes chronology
Back on My B.S.
Year of the Dragon
E.L.E.2 (Extinction Level Event 2)
Singles from Year of the Dragon
  1. "King Tut"
    Released: May 22, 2012

Year of the Dragon is the ninth studio album by American hip hop recording artist Busta Rhymes, it was released by Google Play as a free release on August 21, 2012.[1] The album features guest appearances from Anthony Hamilton, Cam'ron, Robin Thicke, Maino, Vybz Kartel, J-Doe, Reek da Villian, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Trey Songz and Lil Wayne.[2]


The album's title, inspired by the Chinese zodiac, and cover art were revealed on July 9, 2012.[1] The official tracklist was released on August 8, 2012.[3] It was released on August 21, 2012 for free download via google play.[4]


The album's lead single "King Tut", featuring Reek da Villian and J-Doe. was released on May 22, 2012.[5] The music video for "King Tut" featuring Reek da Villian and J-Doe was released on July 25, 2012.[6] The album's second single "Doin' It Again" featuring Reek da Villian and Chanel Nicole was released on August 1, 2012.[7] The music video for "Doin' It Again" featuring Reek da Villian and Chanel Nicole was released on September 12, 2012.[8] The music video for "Movie" featuring J-Doe was released on October 16, 2012.[9]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
HipHopDX 3/5 stars[10]

Year of the Dragon was met with generally mixed reviews from music critics. Slava Kuperstein of HipHopDX gave the album three out of five stars, saying "Year of the Dragon feels more like a mixtape than an album, but if Busta bills it as an album, then that’s what it is. As such, it’s disjointed. Many may see features such as Wayne and Gucci as reaches to remain relevant (and lord knows that Busta’s tried extremely hard to reach the younger crowd over the past five years or so), but that’s not what drags this project down. In fact, the features show out pretty well, save some maddeningly corny lines from Weezy. The problem is the same one that’s plagued just about every single Busta Rhymes album: the Dungeon Dragon cannot decide on a direction for the project. It’s not cohesive in production, styles, or subject matter. Busta’s all over the place, and does nothing to improve his reputation as one of the greatest emcees to not have a great album to his name. Here's to hoping the real album will be better."[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "I'm Talking to You"   Ty Fyffe 3:33
2. "Til We Die" (featuring Rick Ross and Trey Songz) Dready Beats 4:27
3. "Do That Thing"   Bernard "Focus..." Edwards, Jr. 3:42
4. "Make It Look Easy" (featuring Gucci Mane) Ted Smooth 3:37
5. "Pressure" (featuring Lil Wayne) Andrew "Pop" Wansel, Oak 3:10
6. "Love-Hate" (featuring Robin Thicke) Mr. Porter 3:57
7. "Grind Real Slow"   Bink! 3:40
8. "King Tut" (featuring Reek da Villian and J-Doe) Jahlil Beats 4:42
9. "Sound Boy" (featuring Cam'ron) Boi-1da 3:23
10. "Doin' It Again" (featuring Reek da Villian and Chanel) Ted Smooth 3:28
11. "Wine & Go Down" (featuring Vybz Kartel) Dready Beats 3:32
12. "Movie" (featuring J-Doe) @Williedonut, Young Yonny (co.), 4:12
13. "Crazy"   Dready Beats 3:27
14. "Bleed the Same Blood" (featuring Maino and Anthony Hamilton) Willy Will 3:46


  • "I'm Talking to You" contains a sample of "Shout" by Tears for Fears
  • "Do That Thing" contains a sample of "Ante Up" by M.O.P.
  • "Make It Look Easy" contains a sample of "Blues and Pants" by James Brown
  • "Grind Real Slow" contains an interpolation of "I Like It" by DeBarge
  • "Doin' It Again" contains a sample of "Round And Round" by Hi-Tek featuring Jonell


  1. ^ a b "ALBUM COVER: BUSTA RHYMES – ‘YEAR OF THE DRAGON’". Rap-Up. 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  2. ^ "Busta Rhymes Reveals "Year Of The Dragon" Is Free Release, Lists Features". HotNewHipHop. 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  3. ^ "Busta Rhymes Year Of The Dragon Cover & Tracklist". Rap Radar. 2012-08-08. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  4. ^ "New LP: Busta Rhymes Year Of The Dragon". Rap Radar. 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  5. ^ "New Music: Busta Rhymes Ft. Reek Da Villain & J Doe "King Tut"". Rap Radar. 2012-05-22. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  6. ^ "New Video: Busta Rhymes Ft. Reek Da Villian x J-Doe "King Tut"". Rap Radar. 2012-07-25. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  7. ^ "New Music: Busta Rhymes Ft. Reek Da Villian & Chanel "Doin It Again"". Rap Radar. 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  8. ^ "New Video: Busta Rhymes Ft. Reek Da Villian x Chanel "Doin’ It Again"". Rap Radar. 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  9. ^ "New Video: Busta Rhymes x J-Doe "Movie"". Rap Radar. 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  10. ^ a b Kuperstein, Slava (December 1, 2012). "Busta Rhymes Year of the Dragon". HipHopDX. Retrieved August 24, 2012.