Busta Ponders Tour Plans After "Rhyme & Reason" Delay

Hip-hop wildman Busta Rhymes was stoked at the notion of spending a chunk of his summer with the Beastie Boys and Rage Against The Machine as an opening act on the "Rhyme & Reason 2000" tour.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the tour bus.

Busta may not hit the road at all after Beastie Boy Mike D's shoulder injury put "Rhyme & Reason" on the shelf for the time being. The rapper had planned to use "Rhyme & Reason" to support his recently released album "Anarchy." Busta had intended to, in his own unique words, "bang 'em in the head from the middle of the summer until the end of the summer all the way back to school. We're gonna keep banging you in your head from back to school all the way to Thanksgiving and then to the year 2001." [RealAudio]

However, with "Rhyme & Reason" derailed for a bit, whether all that banging will take place remains to be determined. Busta is scheduled to perform on "Late

Night With Conan O'Brien" on August 22, where he is expected to uncork his current single "Fire." The next offering from "Anarchy," "Make Noise" (a duet with Lenny Kravitz), should surface soon.

As we previously reported, the "Rhyme & Reason" tour was postponed indefinitely after Mike D injured his shoulder in a bicycle accident (see "'Rhyme & Reason' Tour Postponed; Rage Delays S.F. Shows""). The Beastie MC recently went under the knife to repair separated ligaments and has been ordered to rest for six weeks before undergoing physical therapy (see "Beasties' Mike D To Undergo Shoulder Surgery").

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