When Disaster Strikes...

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When Disaster Strikes...
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 16, 1997[1]
StudioDaddy's House Studios
(New York, NY)
Sound Techniques
(Boston, Massachusetts)
Soundtrack Studios
(New York, NY)
GenreHardcore hip hop
LabelFlipmode Records, Elektra Records
ProducerDJ Scratch, The Ummah, Smamello, Buddah, Latief, Busta Rhymes, Rashad Smith, Easy Mo Bee, Agallah, Rockwilder, Diddy
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: November 18, 1997
  3. "Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up"
    Released: March 28, 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB[3]
Pitchfork Media(8.2/10)[5]
Robert Christgau(choice cut)[6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[8]
The Source4/5 stars[4]

When Disaster Strikes... is the second studio album by American rapper Busta Rhymes, released by Elektra on September 23, 1997.[9] 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 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 Could See", "Dangerous", and "Turn It Up" – the latter two which found chart success on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. 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.[10] Its second single, "Dangerous", earned Rhymes a third consecutive nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 41st Grammy Awards the following year.

Track listing[edit]

1."Intro" (featuring Dolemite)  4:44
2."The Whole World Lookin' at Me"Trevor Smith Jr., George SpiveyDJ Scratch3:26
3."Survival Hungry"Smith, SpiveyDJ Scratch3:40
4."When Disaster Strikes"Smith, SpiveyDJ Scratch3:25
5."So Hardcore"Smith, James YanceyThe Ummah4:51
6."Get High Tonight"Smith, SpiveyDJ Scratch3:51
7."Turn It Up"Smith, Al GreenBusta Rhymes4:11
8."Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See"Smith, James Seals, Darrol Durant, Roger MunroeShamello, Buddah, Epitome (co)3:14
9."It's All Good"Smith,Latief, M. Bolden5:03
10."There's Not a Problem My Squad Can't Fix" (featuring Jamal)Smith, Jamal Phillips, Michael ClevelandBusta Rhymes5:56
11."We Could Take it Outside" (featuring The Flipmode Squad)Smith, Bergman Bergman, Rashia Fisher, W. Michael Lewis, Roger McNair, SpiveyDJ Scratch4:47
12."Rhymes Galore"Smith, Rashad SmithRashad Smith2:33
13."Things We Be Doin' for Money (Part 1)"SmithEasy Mo Bee3:18
14."Things We Be Doin' for Money (Part 2)" (featuring Rampage, Anthony Hamilton & The Chosen Generation)Smith, Carl DorseyAgallah, Clarence Dorsey (co)4:56
15."One" (featuring Erykah Badu)Smith, Erica Wright, Dana Stinson, Stevland MorrisRockwilder4:38
16."Dangerous"Smith, Lawrence Dermer, Rashad Smith, Henry Stone, Freddy StonewallRashad Smith3:37
17."The Body Rock" (featuring Rampage, Sean "Puffy" Combs & Mase)Smith, CombsPuffy5:33
18."Get Off My Block" (featuring Lord Have Mercy)SmithDJ Scratch3:58
19."Outro (Preparation for the Final World Front)"  2:31


Chart (1997) Peak
US Billboard 200[12] 3
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[13] 1


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Gold 100,000*
United States (RIAA)[15] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Steve Huey (1997-09-16). "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. Archived from the original on April 8, 2008. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  6. ^ "CG: busta rhymes". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  7. ^ "Rolling Stone : Busta Rhymes: When Disaster Strikes". Web.archive.org. 1997-10-22. Archived from the original on August 27, 2006. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "When Disaster Strikes: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  10. ^ Billboard. 2009-06-06. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  11. ^ "Busta Rhymes - When Disaster Strikes..." Discogs. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  12. ^ "Busta Rhymes Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  13. ^ "Busta Rhymes Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  14. ^ "British album certifications – Busta Rhymes – When Disaster Strikes". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved December 6, 2016. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type When Disaster Strikes in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  15. ^ "American album certifications – Busta Rhymes – When Disaster Strikes". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 22, 2017. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.