BROOKLYN, New York — The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards brought a ton of hip-hop talent from all over to Brooklyn, and Busta Rhymes made sure he rolled out the red carpet for his out-of-town friends Kanye West and Lil Wayne. He also seized the opportunity and shoot a music video on Saturday.
"I was just trying to capitalize on the moment of us all being in the same city, at the same time," Busta told MTV News when he walked the red carpet on Sunday night.
"Thank You" features Q-Tip, Kanye West and Lil Wayne, and while the all-star collaboration needs no reasoning, Busta had a very deliberate reason to bring the three MCs together. "We did everything in our power to show the camaraderie, because it's been a lot of talk that over the last year or two about conflict between G.O.O.D. Music and Young Money and Cash Money," the Dungeon Dragon told us.
There was a time when Drake and Kanye West weren't on speaking terms, and Lil Wayne's beef with Pusha T spilled over into records, but Bus says it was all overblown. "I just wanted to put it to bed and create an eventful moment where me and Wayne being Young Money/Cash Money on one team, Q-Tip and Kanye be on another movement on G.O.O.D. Music; just showing that camaraderie and that alliance and just making it official on a real hip-hop level," he explained.
The single will be featured on Busta's forthcoming Extinction Level Event 2, and though the song hasn't been released yet, nailing the video shoot this weekend was important to his roll-out. He even called on his friend Director X to help out with what seemed to be an impossible feat. "In 24 hours' notice, my bro came through, hit the pavement running and we're busting ass with the way we made the Spielberg movie," Busta said.