Label: Flipmode/Elektra Records

Nowadays Busta Rhymes plays up his early life in Brooklyn more than his time in Uniondale, L.I. (where he attended high school and began his rap career as a member of Leaders of the New School) but he has, on occasion, acknowledged how his move to the suburbs gave him the space to embrace his creativity and become the character we know today.

Credit Uniondale then for the rapper’s sophomore LP, When Disaster Strikes..., which saw Busta at his creative peak. From the blockbuster singles “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” and “Dangerous” to darker fare like “Survival Hungry” and “Things We Be Doin’ For Money, Pt. 2,” and the collaboration with Erykah Badu ("One"), the whole album felt huge—for Busta, for hip-hop, and for Strong Island.