Busta Rhymes promises to be "smacking everybody in the forehead" by year's end with his next solo LP as well as the second effort from his Flipmode Squad crew.
"We are definitely going to blaze the streets with some new heat," the flamboyant rapper said.
Busta Rhymes is aiming for an August 21 release for the follow-up to last year's platinum-selling Anarchy, while Flipmode Squad's next project, The Rulership Movement, should arrive in the fall. The Flipmode album originally was planned to come out in October or November; the reason for the delay was unclear at press time.
Flipmode Squad also features Baby Sham, Rah Digga, Spliff Star, Rampage, Serious and Roc-Marciano. They released their debut, The Imperial Album, in 1998.
Busta Rhymes is working primarily in New York on both projects, which will come out on former Arista chief Clive Davis' new label, J Records.
The MC, who has collaborated with everyone from Janet Jackson to Ozzy Osbourne, declined to divulge details about his as-yet-untitled solo disc. But he said the album will boast some major guest stars, as usual.
"I do have some real tricks up my sleeve," Busta Rhymes said. "I keep it consistent with the surprise collaborations. It's always an honor to see people come out and contribute to my masterpieces. ... I just want to make sure I keep it undisclosed, so when I do blast officially with the new Busta Rhymes solo LP, I'm smacking everybody in the forehead."
The rapper recently finished shooting the film "Narc," costarring Ray Liotta and Jason Patric.
"I play a guy who is being pinned with the murder of a police officer that I didn't do," he said. "I'm being tortured and put through the most extreme abuse to clear my name. And you'll see the rest of it when it comes out."