The Coming

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The Coming
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 26, 1996 (1996-03-26)
StudioThe Mix Palace
(West Hempstead, NY)
Nipskab Lab
(New York, NY)
Soundtrack Studios
(New York, NY)
GenreHardcore hip hop
ProducerDJ Scratch, Easy Mo Bee, Busta Rhymes, Rashad Smith, The Vibe Chemist Backspin, The Ummah, Rick St. Hilarie
Busta Rhymes chronology
T.I.M.E. (with Leaders of the New School)
The Coming
When Disaster Strikes...
Singles from The Coming
  1. "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check"
    Released: February 27, 1996[1]
  2. "It's a Party"
    Released: June 25, 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(choice cut)[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[4]
Q3/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[6]
The Source4/5[5]

The Coming is the debut studio album by American rapper Busta Rhymes. It was released on March 26, 1996, by Elektra Records.[7] The album features Def Squad members Redman and Keith Murray, Q-Tip, Zhané and several Flipmode Squad members. Production was handled by DJ Scratch, Easy Mo Bee and The Ummah, among others. It serves as Rhymes' first solo album after the break up of former group Leaders of the New School three years prior and Rhymes' first full-length project after numerous guest appearances on other songs with artists such as A Tribe Called Quest, The Notorious B.I.G., Heavy D and the Boyz and Mary J. Blige.

The record reached number six on the Billboard 200 chart in 1996 and received a Platinum certification from RIAA after selling 1,000,000 copies in the United States by February 1999. The single, "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check" reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1996. Rhymes earned his first nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 39th Grammy Awards.[8]

Track listing[edit]

1."The Coming (Intro)" (featuring Lord Have Mercy & Rampage)Trevor Smith Jr., Rick St. HilaireDJ Scratch, Rick St. Hilaire4:32
2."Do My Thing"Smith, George SpiveyDJ Scratch4:00
3."Everything Remains Raw"Smith, Osten Harvey Jr.Easy Mo Bee3:41
4."Abandon Ship" (featuring Rampage)Smith, Roger McNairBusta Rhymes6:02
5."Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check" (featuring Rampage)Smith, Rashad SmithBusta Rhymes, Rashad Smith4:31
6."It's a Party" (featuring Zhané)Smith, Renee NeufvilleEasy Mo Bee5:53
7."Hot Fudge"Smith, Marlon KingThe Vibe Chemist Backspin5:09
8."Ill Vibe" (featuring Q-Tip)Smith, Kamaal FareedThe Ummah3:29
9."Flipmode Squad Meets Def Squad" (featuring Jamal, Redman, Keith Murray, Rampage & Lord Have Mercy)Smith, McNair, Keith Murray, Reggie Noble, Jamal Phillips, KingThe Vibe Chemist Backspin8:10
10."Still Shining"Smith, James YanceyThe Ummah2:57
11."Keep It Movin'" (featuring Leaders of the New School)Smith, Bryan Higgins, James Jackson, Sheldon Scott, YanceyThe Ummah7:32
12."The Finish Line"Smith, SpiveyDJ Scratch5:06
13."The End of the World (Outro)" (featuring Spliff Star)Smith, St. HilaireRick St. Hilaire2:48

Leftover tracks


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
Canadian Albums Chart 9
German Albums Chart 80
Swedish Albums Chart 39
UK Albums Chart 48
US Billboard 200 6
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[9] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[10] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (1996-03-26). "The Coming - Busta Rhymes". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
  3. ^ "CG: busta rhymes". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
  4. ^ David Browne (1996-05-10). "The Coming Review". Retrieved 2014-06-26.
  5. ^ a b "Busta Rhymes - Coming CD Album". 1996-03-26. 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. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Busta Rhymes – The Coming". Music Canada. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  10. ^ "American single certifications – Busta Rhymes – The Coming". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 22, 2017. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.