The Big Bang (Busta Rhymes album)

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The Big Bang
Busta Rhymes - The Big Bang.png
Studio album by Busta Rhymes
Released June 13, 2006 (2006-06-13)
Recorded 2005–2006
Genre Hip hop
Length 62:48
Label
Producer
Busta Rhymes chronology
It Ain't Safe No More
(2002)
The Big Bang
(2006)
Back on My B.S.
(2009)
Singles from The Big Bang
  1. "Touch It"
    Released: May 1, 2006
  2. "I Love My Bitch"
    Released: June 6, 2006
  3. "New York Shit"
    Released: July 10, 2006
  4. "In the Ghetto"
    Released: July 2006

The Big Bang is the seventh studio album by American rapper Busta Rhymes.[1] It was released on June 13, 2006, by Aftermath Entertainment, Flipmode Records and Interscope Records. Production for the album took place during 2005 to 2006 at several recording studios and was handled by Dr. Dre, Swizz Beatz, Mark Batson, DJ Scratch, J Dilla, Timbaland, Mr. Porter, will.i.am, Sha Money XL, JellyRoll, Black Jeruz, Nisan Stewart and DJ Green Lantern. The official cover artwork was revealed on May 7, 2006. The tracklisting was released on the 15th.

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 making it Busta's first number one album, selling 209,000 copies in its first week, and certified gold by RIAA.

Background[edit]

It was released on June 13, 2006 & is his first album without his Signature Dreadlocks he had for most of his career as he transitioned a new look with a shaved head as you see in the inside album booklet. It is his only release under Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment record label. Full production of the album came from Dr. Dre, Swizz Beatz, will.i.am, Mr. Porter, Erick Sermon, Green Lantern, Timbaland, J Dilla and DJ Scratch. Featured guests include Nas, Stevie Wonder, Rick James, Kelis, Raekwon, Eminem and many more. Five singles have been released for the album: "Touch It", "Touch It Remix", "I Love My Bitch", "New York Shit" and "In the Ghetto". Music videos were released for all of them. The finalized version of the "Touch It Remix", for which a video was shot, was not included on the final album.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (64/100)[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly A−[4]
IGN (7.9/10)[5]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[6]
NME (8/10)[2]
Okayplayer (83/100)[7]
Pitchfork Media (2.4/10)[8]
Robert Christgau (dud)[9]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[10]
XXL 4/5 stars (XL)[11]
Yahoo! Music UK 6/10 stars[12]

The tracks "I'll Hurt You" featuring Eminem and "Where's Your Money?" featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard both leaked but received lukewarm responses. The first single was "Touch It" and reached number sixteen on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Touch It" featuring a sampled portion of Daft Punk's "Technologic", also garnered a major remix. The second single "I Love My Chick" features Kelis and will.i.am. Stevie Wonder plays piano and sings on "Been Through the Storm". The song "Get Down" was featured in the movie "Step Up 2: The Streets" but was not included on the soundtrack.[13]

Busta Rhymes was really pleased with the album: "I would not have changed The Big Bang album for the world. It's still one of my if not the favorite album of mine from a lyrical standpoint, a conceptual standpoint and a musical standpoint." He praised the Dr. Dre produced song "Legends of the Fall Off" for the "gravediggin beat with the shovel in the dirt" calling it "unbelievable". He also praised "You Can't Hold a Torch", "Don't Get Carried Away" and "Gold Mine". He also said "The only thing I probably would have changed is I Love My Chick would not have been on that album. I probably would have put "I Love My Chick" on another album that it would have been more appropriate for."[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album became Busta's first and only album to debut at number one on the charts with over 209,000 copies sold during the first-week of release. On August 30, 2006 the album was certified gold for shipments of over 500,000 units. The album has sold 823,000 copies as of November 22, 2011[15] The album became Busta Rhymes' highest charting album in the UK, debuting on the UK albums chart at number nineteen. His previous highest album peak was #34 for the album When Disaster Strikes, almost ten years before the release of The Big Bang.

Track listing[edit]

The Big Bang
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Get You Some" (featuring Q-Tip and Marsha Ambrosius)
3:45
2. "Touch It" Swizz Beatz 3:34
3. "How We Do It Over Here" (featuring Missy Elliott)
Dr. Dre 3:36
4. "New York Shit" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
  • T. Smith
  • George Spivey
  • Swizz Beatz
  • Douglas Lucas
  • Francois Weyer
DJ Scratch 5:22
5. "Been Through the Storm" (featuring Stevie Wonder)
4:06
6. "In the Ghetto" (featuring Rick James) James 3:53
7. "Cocaina" (featuring Marsha Ambrosius)
  • Dr. Dre
  • Batson
3:32
8. "You Can't Hold the Torch" (featuring Q-Tip and Chauncey Black) J Dilla 3:39
9. "Goldmine" (featuring Raekwon)
  • Sermon
  • Dr. Dre[a]
3:45
10. "I Love My Bitch" (featuring will.i.am and Kelis) will.i.am 3:47
11. "Don't Get Carried Away" (featuring Nas)
Dr. Dre 3:30
12. "They're Out to Get Me" (featuring Mr. Porter)
Mr. Porter 5:02
13. "Get Down" (featuring Timbaland)
  • Timbaland
  • Stewart
3:40
14. "I'll Do It All" (featuring LaToiya Williams)
  • T. Smith
  • David Drew
Jellyroll 5:02
15. "Legend of the Fall Offs"
Dr. Dre 4:40
Total length: 62:48

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[b] signifies an orchestra producer

Samples[edit]

Credits[edit]

  • "Get You Some"
    • Keyboards: Mark Batson
  • "How We Do It Over Here"
  • "Been Through The Storm"
    • Arranger: Jose A. Molina
    • Conductor: Jose A. Molina
    • Orchestra Production: Busta Rhymes
    • Keyboards: Mark Batson, Dawaun Parker & Mike Elizondo
    • Cellos: Christopher Glansdorp, Claudio Jaffe, David W. Cole & Ross T. Harbaugh
    • Violins: Alfredo Oliva, Carol A. T. Cole, Dina Kostic, Geremy C. Miller, Glen Basham, Gustavo A. Correa, Huifang Chen, Joan E. Faigen, John DiPuccio, Kurt Coble, Lazlo Pap, Mei Mei Luo, Orlando J. Forte, Scott Flavin, Tina M. Raimondi & Yien Hung
  • "In the Ghetto"
    • Saxophone: Jason Freese
    • Trombone: Francisco Torres
    • Trumpet: Ron Blake
    • Horn Arrangements: Dawaun Parker
    • Additional keyboards: Dawaun Parker
  • "Cocaina"
    • Keyboards: Mark Batson
    • Guitar: Mike Elizondo
    • Additional keyboards: Che Vicious
  • "You Can't Hold The Torch"
  • "Goldmine"
  • "I Love My Bitch"
    • Moog Bass: will.i.am
    • Drums: will.i.am
    • Bass: Keith Harris
    • Fender Rhodes: Keith Harris
    • Synthesizer: Keith Harris
    • Clarinet: Keith Harris
  • "Don't Get Carried Away"
    • Keyboards: Lionel Holoman & Dawaun Parker
  • "Legend Of The Fall Offs"
    • Keyboards: Dawaun Parker

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[16] 42
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[17] 29
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[18] 43
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[19] 42
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[20] 6
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[21] 27
French Albums (SNEP)[22] 18
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[23] 10
Italian Albums (FIMI)[24] 60
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[25] 11
Scottish Albums (OCC)[26] 31
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[27] 6
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[28] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[29] 19
US Billboard 200[30] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[31] 1
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[32] 1
Preceded by
Decemberunderground by AFI
Billboard 200 number-one album
June 25, 2006 – July 1, 2006
Succeeded by
Loose by Nelly Furtado

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[33] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[34] Gold 823,000[15]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  34. ^ "American album certifications – Busta Rhymes – The Big Bang". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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