The Coming

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The Coming
Studio album by Busta Rhymes
Released March 26, 1996 (1996-03-26)
Recorded 1994-1995
Length 63:50
Label Elektra
Producer DJ Scratch, The Ummah, Busta Rhymes (exec.), Rick Posada (exec.), Rick St. Hilaire, Rashad Smith, Easy Mo Bee, The Vibe Chemist Backspin
Busta Rhymes chronology
The Coming
When Disaster Strikes...
Singles from The Coming
  1. "Woo-Hah!! Got You All in Check"
    Released: January 6, 1996
  2. "It's a Party"
    Released: June 25, 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
Q 3/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[4]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[6]
The Source 4/5 stars[3]

The Coming is the debut album by American rapper Busta Rhymes, released on March 26, 1996 by Elektra Records.[7] Recording sessions for The Coming began in late 1994, and concluded in early 1995 at various recording studios. The Coming features rapping from Def Squad members Redman and Keith Murray as well as a guest appearance from Q-Tip and singing from Zhané and different future Flipmode Squad members. One notable song on the album is "Keep It Movin" which features Busta's former group Leaders of the New School, and it would mark the last time they would ever make a song together. It has production from many famed producers and production teams such as DJ Scratch, Easy Mo Bee and The Ummah.

The Coming was a critical and commercial success for Busta Rhymes. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1996 and has since received a platinum certification from RIAA. Allmusic gave at a near perfect 4.5 out of 5 star rating. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic says that "Busta Rhymes has never had such an impressive showcase for his rhymes as he does on The Coming".[1] It boasts the hit single "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check" which reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1996. It was nominated for a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance [8] and Steve Huey of Allmusic says that the song "catapulted Busta Rhymes into solo superstardom".[9] It also ended up sporting another hit single, "It's a Party" featuring Zhané. The Coming has sold 793,000 copies by June 2009. The Coming, along with When Disaster Strikes... and E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front, is seen as a classic rap album.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer Length
1. "The Coming (Intro)" (featuring Lord Have Mercy & Rampage) Trevor Smith, Roger McNair, George Spivey, Rick St. Hilaire DJ Scratch, Rick St. Hilaire 4:32
2. "Do My Thing"   Trevor Smith DJ Scratch 4:00
3. "Everything Remains Raw"   Trevor Smith, Osten Harvey Easy Mo Bee 3:41
4. "Abandon Ship" (featuring Rampage) Trevor Smith, Roger McNair Busta Rhymes 6:02
5. "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check" (featuring Rampage) Trevor Smith, Rashad Smith Rashad "Ringo" Smith 4:31
6. "It's a Party" (featuring Zhané) Trevor Smith, Renee Neufville Easy Mo Bee 5:53
7. "Hot Fudge"   Trevor Smith, Marlon King The Vibe Chemist Backspin 5:09
8. "Ill Vibe" (featuring Q-Tip) Trevor Smith, Kamaal Fareed The Ummah 3:29
9. "Flipmode Squad Meets Def Squad" (featuring Jamal, Redman, Keith Murray, Rampage & Lord Have Mercy) Trevor Smith, Roger McNair, Wayne Notise, Keith Murray, Reggie Noble, Jamal Phillips, Marlon King The Vibe Chemist Backspin 8:10
10. "Still Shining"   Trevor Smith, James Yancey The Ummah 2:57
11. "Keep It Movin'" (featuring Leaders of the New School) Trevor Smith, Bryan Higgins, J. Jackson, S. Scott, James Yancey The Ummah 7:32
12. "The Finish Line"   Trevor Smith, George Spivey DJ Scratch 5:06
13. "The End of the World (Outro)" (featuring Spliff Star) Trevor Smith, Rick St. Hilaire Rick St. Hilaire 2:48

Leftover tracks[edit]


Chart (1996) Peak
US Billboard 200[11] 6
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[12] 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine (1996-03-26). "The Coming - Busta Rhymes". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  2. ^ David Browne (1996-05-10). "The Coming Review". Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  3. ^ a b "Busta Rhymes - Coming CD Album". 1996-03-26. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  4. ^ "CG: busta rhymes". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  5. ^ "Busta Rhymes: The Coming : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". 1998-02-02. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  6. ^ The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  7. ^ "Coming: Busta Rhymes: Music". Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  8. ^ Call Us Free: 1-800-800-0800. " Shopping". Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  9. ^ Steve Huey (1996-03-26). "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check - Busta Rhymes, Rampage, The Last Boy Scout". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  10. ^ Billboard. 2009-06-06. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  11. ^ "Busta Rhymes – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Busta Rhymes. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  12. ^ "Busta Rhymes – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Busta Rhymes. Retrieved September 19, 2013.