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Extinction Level Event: The Final World Front

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Busta Rhymes 12/8/1998

Review

Busta Rhymes rocketed to superstardom in an alarmingly short time, simply because there was no other rapper quite like him. Nobody else in his position had his wild sense of humor, reckless fashion sense, and, most importantly, willingness to take risks. Yes, underground rappers like the Jurassic Five and the entire Wu clan relentlessly pushed the boundaries of hip-hop, but they operated at the fringes of pop culture. Busta placed himself smack in the middle of middle America, gleefully taking cameos on Cosby and recruiting both Janet Jackson and Ozzy Osbourne to appear on his third album, Extinction Level Event (The Final World Front). Where this could seem like pandering by some artists, there's no condescension or crass commercialism in his approach. Busta's party is careening out of control because he doesn't see a reason to exclude anybody. That's the reason why Executive Level is a richer listen than most contemporary hip-hop records -- it has hard beats, weird samples, unpredictable musical juxtapositions and collaborations, and sharp, intelligent rhymes. Like any artist who attempts so much, Busta occasionally falls flat (the rewrite of "Iron Man" wasn't a great idea), but there's so much happening on Executive Level that the missteps don't really matter -- especially since Busta has come up with a party record that doesn't just sound the end of the millennium, it feels like it. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 There's Only One Year Left!!! (Intro) Busta Rhymes 2:37
  3. 2 Everybody Rise Busta Rhymes 3:0
  4. 3 Where We Are About to Take It Busta Rhymes 3:5
  5. 4 Extinction Level Event (The Song of Salvation) Busta Rhymes 3:34
  6. 5 Tear da Roof Off Busta Rhymes 3:37
  7. 6 Against All Odds Busta Rhymes 2:59
  8. 7 Just Give It to Me Raw Busta Rhymes 3:1
  9. 8 Do It to Death Busta Rhymes 3:27
  10. 9 Keepin' It Tight Busta Rhymes 2:59
  11. 10 Gimme Some More Busta Rhymes 2:38
  12. 11 Iz They Wildin Wit Us & Gettin Rowdy Wit Us? Busta Rhymes 3:40
  13. 12 Party Is Goin' on over Here Busta Rhymes 2:32
  14. 13 Do the Bus a Bus Busta Rhymes 3:28
  15. 14 Take It Off Busta Rhymes 3:7
  16. 15 What's It Gonna Be Busta Rhymes 5:25
  17. 16 Hot Sh** Makin' Ya Bounce Busta Rhymes 3:30
  18. 17 What the F*** You Want!! Busta Rhymes 3:15
  19. 18 This Means War!! Busta Rhymes 4:36
  20. 19 The Burial Song (Outro) Busta Rhymes 5:4

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