Earlier this week Busta Rhymes released the single “Flipmode Squad Meets The Conglomerate”. The Flipmode Squad members consisting of Busta Rhymes, Rah Digga, Rampage, Spliff Starr, Baby Sham, and Lord Have Mercy. They had an impressive run from the mid 90’s through the early 2000’s. Busta’s crew, The Conglomerate represented by O.T. Genasis, J-Doe, Trillian,Prayah, and Aaron Cooks were initially established in 2011 and still active today. Hopefully this is an indication that Busta’s tenth studio album will be released soon. Back in 1996 Busta’s debut album The Coming featured a track with Flipmode Squad along with the legendary crew Def Squad. The track was ironically titled “Flipmode Squad Meets Def Squad”.
Busta Rhymes – Flipmode Squad Meets The Conglomerate
Busta Rhymes – Flipmode Squad Meets Def Squad
The Def Squad consists of Redman, Erick Sermon, Keith Murray, and Jamal as an extended member. Throughout the years Busta Rhymes has worked together with these artists on numerous occasions. The first time was from the posse cut “The Points” from the 1995 soundtrack Panther. Busta paired up with Redman, Jamal, Notorious B.I.G., Coolio, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and others. The following year, Busta would link up with entire Def Squad on the song “Yeah” from Keith Murray’s sophomore album Enigma.
Busta Rhymes – The Points feat. Redman, Jamal, Notorious B.I.G., Coolio, & Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
Keith Murray – Yeah feat. Busta Rhymes, Erick Sermon, Redman, & Jamal
In 1997 Busta Rhymes released his sophomore album When Disaster Strikes … which included the song “There’s Not a Problem My Squad Can’t Fix” featuring Jamal. 1998 brought Busta and Redman back together again. This time around they appeared with the group A Tribe Called Quest on the song “Steppin ‘It Up” off their album The Love Movement. Towards the end of that same year Redman released Doc’s da Name 2000 which included the second single “Da Goodness” featuring Busta.
Busta Rhymes – There’s Not a Problem My Squad Can’t Fix feat. Jamal
A Tribe Called Quest – feat. Busta Rhymes & Redman
Redman – Da Goodness feat. Busta Rhymes
Busta Rhymes would team up with Redman again on “Reverse” a track from Puff Daddy’s 1999 album Forever. Also appearing on the track was Shyne, G-Dep, Cee-Lo and Sauce Money. It wasn’t until 2003 Busta would link up with a Def Squad member again. This time it was on “On Smash” from Keith Murray’s album He’s Keith Murray. The most recent collaborations Busta did with a Def Squad member appeared on mixtape tracks in 2009 and 2010. The first was “Stars Are Born” that consisted of Busta with Redman and the Game. The latter being “Doin It” linking Busta with Redman one last time off the mixtape Funk From Hell.
Puff Daddy – Reverse feat. Shyne, G-Dep, Busta Rhymes, Cee-Lo, & Redman
Keith Murray – On Smash feat. Busta Rhymes & Kell-Vicious
Busta Rhymes – Stars Are Born feat. The Game & Redman
Redman – Doin It feat. Busta Rhymes
With Busta Rhymes tenth album set to drop soon hopefully it will include some features from Def Squad members. It would serve as a nice homage to Busta’s debut album The Coming. The track “Flipmode Meets Def Squad” is a timeless classic. Much like other collaborations Busta has done with Def Squad members over the years.