NEW YORK — The Flipmode general's been away for a little while, but don't think for a second that he's sweating the competition.
For his new LP, The Big Bang, Busta Rhymes shunned his usual album-a-year MO and instead took three years to make an effort that includes guest appearances from Stevie Wonder, Rick James, ODB and Eminem (see "Busta Rhymes In Studio With Timbaland, Dr. Dre").
"With the significant caliber of people that came through to support this project, in addition to me having three years to just brainstorm with [Dr. Dre], I got to learn a lot," he said. "I got to condition myself on how I'mma come at the game in a new and a different way. I think that patience was my best weapon this time around, because I was able to have some things fall in my lap. I don't think dudes is really gonna be able to compete with me this time around."
Busta said the album title is "the perfect definition of just how big I'm gonna bang the street. It's gonna bang everything so big."
And with tracks produced by Dre (the Doc also spits a 24-bar verse on the LP), Timbaland, the Neptunes, Scott Storch, Erick Sermon and Swizz Beatz, it's no wonder Bus is so confident.
Despite the three-year hiatus, Busta said, no one has taken his spot, "which is a great thing for me, and a thing I'm gonna use to my advantage. There's a wide-open lane. ... There's nothing that feels, sounds or dynamically comes off the way this album is about to. That's something I always pride myself on, being able to do it different from how everybody else is doing it. ... I always made it difficult for [other artists] to do me. Stay in your lane and do you because you're gonna hurt yourself trying to do me."
Big Bang is due in March.