Busta Rhymes performs Rap Medley at the 2021 VMAs – Billboard
Busta Rhymes delivered a surprise adrenaline rush at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards when he took the stage at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Sunday (September 12).
As Swizz Beatz teased before the rapper hit the stage for a performance announced hours earlier, Brooklyn-native Rhymes is a “hip-hop icon behind some of the most dope videos of all time.” – and some of the fastest rhymes. And during his set, Busta did not hesitate to show verbal gymnastics that even Eminem would envy him.
Joined by Spliff Star, the set began with the unmistakable rhythm of the 1997 Rhymes classic “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” as the stage was bathed in fog and lit in a golden hue, with the two men in matching bright red. and white outfits.
It was followed by MOP’s “Ante Up” remix, on which Rhymes was a featured actor along with Remy Ma and Teflon; the classic “Scenario” from A Tribe Called Quest, on which Rhymes appeared; “Touch that”; “Look at Me Now” by Chris Brown, which he guest-starred alongside Lil Wayne; and finally ending with “Pass the Courvoisier”.
As he finished the set breathlessly, Rhymes told the live audience, “Brooklyn, never forget that!”
The 2021 MTV Video Music Awards aired to a live audience from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Doja Cat hosted the ceremony and performed as well.
Watch the performance below: