The multiplatinum rapper and record producer was honored with the lifetime achievement award at the 2023 BET Awards. Busta Rhymes was introduced by comedian Marlon Wayans, who praised him as a brilliant musical force. Notably, the award recognizes industry pioneers who have made a notable impact on culture and entertainment.
‘Every song this man has done, he’s been a part of other people’s hits and been stealing hits for years,’ Marlon said as he introduces Busta at the BET Awards.
He added, ‘If you know Busta, we are all happy for Busta in this room, ’cause everybody knows he deserves it. He’s a good brother, a great dude.’ As he received the prestigious honor, it appears to be an emotional moment for the ‘Woo-Hah!! Got You All in Check rapper, who attributed part of his success to his Black cultural heritage.
“I’m (going to) wear it on my sleeve. I do want to cry,” Busta said, before dabbing his eyes with a towel.
“A lot of greatness from our people and our culture is by default ‘cause it’s just the magic that we have,” Busta added. “I just am grateful (for) the blessing that has been bestowed upon me and this gift that I have been given, and this fire that continues to burn as a passion in my soul.” He continued: “It’s just me trying to do my duty to continue to advance the culture and continue to contribute in a significant way.”
‘I see so many people in here that I have known and grown with for a long time. You’re watching me grow and I love y’all, and I know y’all love me.’ Busta also thanked his peers in the hip-hop community, stating, “I’m a real giver of love. Sometimes, I know I might overwhelm y’all. I want to hug you, and I won’t let you go. I’ll shake your hand tight. I speak to you from a place (that) I really want you to know I mean what I’m saying.”
However, the tribute to Busta followed the MC teamed up with Spliff Star for “Ante Up Remix”, “Scenario,” “Look At Me Now” and “I Know What You Want,” before a long list of A-listers jumped in, including Scar Lip with “This Is New York,” Coi Leray with “Players” and BIA with “Beach Ball.” Midway into his performance, Busta celebrated dancehall alongside Dexta Daps (“Shabba Madda Pot”), Spice (“So Mi Like It”), Skillibeng (“Whap Whap”), and Cutty Ranks with “A Who Seh Me Dun (Wait Deh Man).”
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