Trevor Smith, better known as Busta Rhymes (born May 20, 1972), is a Grammy-nominated Jamaican-American rapper, songwriter, and actor. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the name Busta Rhymes (from former NFL wide receiver George “Buster” Rhymes).
Smith’s musical career began at the age of 17 as a member of the hip hop crew Leaders of the New School along with fellow Long Island natives Charlie Brown, Dinco D, and Cut Monitor Milo. They began recording in 1989 and released their debut album A Future Without a Past in 1991 on Elektra Records. In 1993, they released T.I.M.E. (The Inner Mind’s Eye). Soon after, however, internal problems arose within the group, and the group broke up on the set of Yo! MTV Raps.
Smith broke out with a 1996 solo hit single, “Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check” from his platinum record album The Coming. His second album, When Disaster Strikes, released in 1997, produced the hit singles “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” and “Dangerous”.