November 26, 2002
Sbme Special Mkts.
Rap, East Coast Rap, Hardcore Rap

Album Review

No matter whether the title's a reference to the increased risk of terrorism in Busta's hometown circa 2002 ("sh*t is crazy!") or to the fact that rap's most volatile and unpredictable personality is back and bigger than ever, It Ain't Safe No More continues in the vein of loose-cannon classics like 1997's When Disaster Strikes and 2001's Genesis. And when he's on, he's better than ever, too; the title track features a P-Funk singalong and a vivid, synth-heavy production over some of the tightest spitfire raps heard on any hip-hop LP of the new millennium. After a half-hearted melodrama called "What Do You Do When You're Branded," Busta returns to what he does best on "Call the Ambulance" -- incapacitating all comers with rhymes as hardcore as they are hilarious. "What Up" is half-Neptunes and half-Raymond Scott, and the single "Make It Clap" is just the latest classic Flipmode anthem. Except for a few overblown performances and quasi-epic productions, It Ain't Safe No More finds Busta Rhymes with the same sure grip on his distinctive personality.
John Bush, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Intro
  2. It Ain't Safe No More
  3. What Do You Do When You're Branded
  4. Call the Ambulance
  5. We Goin' to Do It to Ya
  6. What Up
  7. Turn Me Up Some
  8. Make It Clap
  9. Take It Off, Pt. 2
  10. Taste It
  11. Hey Ladies
  12. I Know What You Want
  13. Riot
  14. Hop
  15. Together
  16. Struttin' Like a G.O.D.
  17. The Struggle Will Be Lost
  18. Till It's Gone
  19. Make It Clap [Remix][*]
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