The 25 Best Long Island Rap Albums

17. Busta Rhymes, The Coming (1996)

Label: Elektra Records

Busta Rhymes had five years after his breakout performance on A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario,” and three years after the demise of his group Leaders of the New School, to prepare a classic debut. He certainly made good on his promise with The Coming

While the debut single "Woo Hah!! (Got You All In Check)" offered Bussa Buss as a zany character suitable for mainstream consumption, the album itself took a much darker tone, introducing the apocalyptic themes that would color nearly all of his successive LPs. Busta's Y2K fearmongering proved to be unfounded but, from an artistic standpoint it was a win.

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