June 20, 2000
Rap, Alternative Rap, Hardcore Rap, East Coast Rap

Album Review

Busta Rhymes is undoubtedly one of the best and most distinctive rappers of the '90s. He's also one of the most prolific; Anarchy, released in the summer of 2000, is his fourth album since 1996. Each one has been jammed full of material and also a little erratic, packed not only with great singles and tongue-twisting performances but also filler that gets by mostly on Busta's personality. Clocking in at around 78 minutes, Anarchy is no exception to the rule. Its best moments are as brilliant as ever, but there are also signs that Busta's winning formula is starting to show a little wear and tear. "C'Mon All My Niggaz, C'Mon All My Bitches" has the insanely rapid-fire delivery of E.L.E.'s "Gimme Some More," which sums up the difficulty of Anarchy in a nutshell: no matter how incredible it is, we've heard much of this from Busta before. Of course, the converse is also true: a lot of it is still incredible, no matter how familiar, and there are a few intriguing production touches. But, perhaps for the first time, Busta's singular yet now familiar style isn't quite enough to carry the weaker material, which often feels too tossed off. It doesn't help, either, that Anarchy follows the same sort of millennial-apocalypse concept that enlivened E.L.E. (and, to a certain extent, When Disaster Strikes); it's a little disappointing to hear such an inventive rapper retreading familiar territory. It seems almost impossible that Busta could produce a true failure, but by this point, a growing number of fans may not salivate over a new album nearly as much as the inevitable best-of collection.
Steve Huey, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. The Current State of Anarchy (Intro)
  2. Salute da Gods!!
  3. Enjoy da Ride
  4. We Put It Down for Y'all
  5. Bladow!!
  6. Street Shit
  7. Live It Up
  8. Fire
  9. All Night
  10. Show Me What You Got
  11. Get Out!!
  12. The Heist
  13. A Trip Out of Town
  14. How Much We Grew
  15. Here We Go Again
  16. We Comin' Through
  17. C'mon All My Niggaz, C'mon All My Bitches
  18. Make Noise
  19. Ready for War
  20. Why We Die
  21. Anarchy
  22. Outro
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