When Disaster Strikes...

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When Disaster Strikes...
Studio album by Busta Rhymes
Released September 16, 1997[1]
Recorded 1996-1997
Genre Hardcore hip hop
Length 72:56
Label Flipmode Records, Elektra Records
Producer Rudy Ray Moore, DJ Scratch, The Ummah, Smamello, Buddah, Latief, Busta Rhymes, Rashad Smith, Easy Mo Bee, Agallah, Rockwilder, Diddy
Busta Rhymes chronology
The Coming
(1996)The Coming1996
When Disaster Strikes...
E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front
(1998)E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front1998
Singles from When Disaster Strikes
  1. "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See"
    Released: August 1997
  2. "Dangerous"
    Released: November 1997
  3. "Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up"
    Released: March 28, 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Billboard (favorable)[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[3]
NME (7/10)[4]
Pitchfork Media (8.2/10)[5]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[8]
The Source 4/5 stars[4]

When Disaster Strikes... is the second studio album by American rapper Busta Rhymes, released by Elektra on September 16, 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"—all of which found chart success on the Billboard Hot 100. 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]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro" (featuring Dolemite)     4:44
2. "The Whole World Lookin' at Me" Trevor Smith, Jr., George Spivey DJ Scratch 3:26
3. "Survival Hungry" Smith, Jr., Spivey DJ Scratch 3:40
4. "When Disaster Strikes" Smith, Jr., Spivey DJ Scratch 3:25
5. "So Hardcore" Smith, Jr., James Yancey The Ummah 4:51
6. "Get High Tonight" Smith, Jr., Spivey DJ Scratch 3:51
7. "Turn It Up" Smith, Jr., Al Green Busta Rhymes 4:11
8. "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" Smith, Jr., James Seals, Darrol Durant, Roger Munroe Shamello, Buddah, Epitome (co) 3:14
9. "It's All Good" Smith, Jr., Latief, M. Bolden 5:03
10. "There's Not a Problem My Squad Can't Fix" (featuring Jamal) Smith, Jr., Jamal Phillips, Michael Cleveland Busta Rhymes 5:56
11. "We Could Take it Outside" (featuring The Flipmode Squad) Smith, Jr., Bergman Bergman, Rashia Fisher, W. Michael Lewis, Roger McNair, Spivey DJ Scratch 4:47
12. "Rhymes Galore" Smith, Jr., Rashad Smith Rashad Smith 2:33
13. "Things We Be Doin' for Money (Part 1)" Smith, Jr. Easy Mo Bee 3:18
14. "Things We Be Doin' for Money (Part 2)" (featuring Rampage, Anthony Hamilton & The Chosen Generation) Smith, Jr., Carl Dorsey Agallah, Clarence Dorsey (co) 4:56
15. "One" (featuring Erykah Badu) Smith, Jr., Erica Wright, Dana Stinson, Stevland Morris Rockwilder 4:38
16. "Dangerous" Smith, Jr., Lawrence Dermer, Rashad Smith, Henry Stone, Freddy Stonewall Rashad Smith 3:37
17. "The Body Rock" (featuring Rampage, Sean "Puffy" Combs & Mase) Smith, Jr., Sean Combs Diddy 5:33
18. "Get Off My Block" (featuring Lord Have Mercy) Smith, Jr. DJ Scratch 3:58
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Steve Huey (1997-09-23). "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 for Busta Rhymes. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  13. ^ "Busta Rhymes – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Busta Rhymes. Retrieved September 19, 2013.