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After years of setting the pace for hip hop's best, Busta Rhymes got his due with his 1996 solo debut The Coming, selling well over a million records and leaving would-be competitors in the dust. Busta brings his wild energy, wicked humor and larger-than-life skills to an explosive new level on his second release, When Disaster Strikes. Certified platinum by the RIAA (10/97).

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Busta Rhymes opens his second album with a ridiculous monologue predicting global destruction before the year 2000. The only thing in danger of vaporizing over the next two years is Rhymes's career. Listening to Busta's gruff voice for well over an hour is an endurance test of the highest order, especially after MTV and radio have relentlessly subjected listeners to his "Woo-haa!" battle cry. Thankfully, Busta makes his pipes contort in every way possible on When Disaster Strikes... From mellow to wild, over an eclectic mix of samples that range from Seals & Croft to KC & the Sunshine Band to Henri Mancini. Sean "Puffy" Combs produces a track called "The Body Rock" that sounds like an old-school Tribe Called Quest cut, while Erykah Badu helps Busta forget the rampant sexism and violence for a minute as the unlikely duo gets spiritual on "One." Disaster avoided...for now. --Aidin Vaziri

1. Intro
2. The Whole World Lookin' At Me
3. Survival Hungry
4. When Disaster Strikes
5. So Hardcore
6. Get High Tonight
7. Turn It Up
8. Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See
9. There's Not A Problem My Squad Can't Fix
10. We Could Take It Outside
11. Rhymes Galore
12. Things We Be Doin' For Money Part 1
13. Things We Be Doin' For Money Part 2
14. One
15. Dangerous
16. The Body Rock
17. Get Off My Block
18. Outro (Preparation For The Final World Front)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 16, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • ASIN: B000002HQ1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,743 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Norfeest VINE VOICE on September 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
People are going to probably think I'm crazy, but I think this is Busta's best album. When I first heard this album, I had to go to court the very day that it came out. When I got out of court around 12 noon, I had just missed my bus. So I had to wait at the bus stop for an hour and I was getting tired of the CD I had in my Discman (Love, Peace, & Nappiness by The Lost Boyz, I think). So I walked over to some CD shop and bought this Busta CD. For an hour and 30 minutes (metro buses in DC/MD are almost ALWAYS late), it was just me and Busta vibing at the bus stop. I thought this album was better than his first joint. "The Coming" wasn't as complete as this album was. He also switched his style up and managed to remain tight. I always thought his screaming and yelling was somewhat gimmicky and I thought it was refreshing to hear him just rhyme for a change. There are a few missteps on this album though. Tracks like "Get High Tonight" and "There's Not A Problem My Squad Can't Fix" are good songs, but they're only good for one or two listens before you get tired of them. While "Turn It Up" and "Survival Hungry" aren't bad tracks, they are definitely boring tracks. And the Intro is incredibly long (4:44). There are some positives about this album that outweigh the negatives though. Contrary to popular belief, "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See" is a classic joint. Tracks like "The Whole World Lookin' At Me", "Dangerous", and "Rhymes Galore" show Busta at his lyrical peak. Throw in tracks like "Get High Tonight", "The Body Rock", and "We Could Take it Outside" and you have a very well rounded album. You even get a sample of Erykah Badu kickin' knowledge alongside Busta on the very underrated "One".Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nick Mackler on October 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"When Disaster Strikes", Busta Rhymes sophomore album shows the rap/hip-hop artist spitting his lyrics over top some heavy, boucing beats and, ultimately flowing masterfully. Although at times Busta's voice can be frustrating in it's growliness, the flow is sensational, and lyrically this album is on the mark.

The Intro opens angrily and raw, with reputed verbal shouts sounding distinctly brutal. This leads into maybe the best hip-hop cut on the album, "The Whole World Looking At Me", with a chorus sung nicely. The beat is composed orchestrally, and very well. "Survival Hungry" expresses a flashy flow from Busta, spitting his rhymes effectively. The self-titled track boasts great intensity, a very essential element in rap.

"So Hardcore" is another intense rap track, with a rather obscure chorus reference. "Turn It Up" is the most popular track on the album, with it's groovy, down-to-earth beat and impressive rhymes. "We Could Take It Outside" is in my opinion the best song off "When Disaster Strikes", easily incorporating some of Busta's best lyrics into some very impressive verses, and also seeing a great guest appearance from a female rapper. "Rhymes Galore" in some senses spoils great lyrics, because the beat lacks in rhythmic, or musical qualities to it. "Dangerous is a strong album cut, and "Get Off My Block" has a catchy, very memorable chorus. The album ends on an Outro.

To conclude, this is definitely a solid selection in the genre of rap music, as Busta Rhymes has one of the best flows in the rap industry, and can deliver his rhymes very quickly. The trademark growl is great at times too, adding a heavy effect to each of his songs. Highly recommended for rap and hip-hop fans, and is definitely one of Busta's best releases.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nuisance on February 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Busta Rhymes was on a roll. His first album The Coming, was a hip hop classic in its own right and he keeps it moving with his second effort. This album is more of the schizophrenic Busta Rhymes I remember and not the stranger Im seeing now. Songs like THE WHOLE WORLD LOOKIN AT ME, SURVIVAL HUNGRY, TURN IT UP, PUT YOUR HANDS WHERE MY EYES COULD SEE(Crazy song, even crazier video), RHYMES GALORE, THERE'S NOT A PROBLEM MY SQUAD CANT FIX, WE COULD TAKE IT OUTSIDE, ONE(one of Busta's best duets with Erykah Badu). DANGEROUS(another hot single with a weird but tight video) and GET OFF MY BLOCK keep this album in constant rotation. Filler: Get High Tonight is the worst weed record since.........Ludacris's Blueberry Yum Yum! The Body Rock also sucks plus why oh why would you make a track with Puffy and Mase(hip hop's Pinky and The Brain)? WHY?. Bottom Line: Busta's second album When Disaster Strikes proves that Busta is no flash in the pan. Hot production, super lyrics from Busta Rhymes and company are all the recipes for success on this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam Delu on June 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Well, The Intro is about as lame as possible. Why do artists date their works with stupid predictions or exclamations about the year that the work comes out (1997?)
There's some good rhyming here, and Erykah Badu (!) on one track, so it's not a waste of money. Still, I'm not sure this is the place to spend hard earned dollars unless you are a huge fan of Busta' or are working on a comprehensive Rap/Hip Hop library (my reason for getting it).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MgiB on September 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
FOUR AND A HALF stars. Busta is a great mc let alone a great entertainer. he leaves you singing along with the songs ie."put your hands where my eyes can see" which is very hard to do with me. when i first heard that song i went crazy and had to get this album. I still listen to is since the time i bought it.

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