Busta Rhymes calls out the crowd at the 2024 Essence Music Festival for using their phones.

July 9, 2024 – Busta Rhymes showed his frustration and began cursing out the Essence Festival crowd, saying “F*** (bleep) them cameras too, put them camera phones down, let’s get back to interacting like humans.”

The rapper continued “Put them weird ass devices down.” I ain’t from that era…”

“Get yo ass up. I will point every last one of ya’ll out until your asses is up. 33 years doing these shows, and I ain’t used to n****s sitting down at my shows. All age groups get yo ass up.”

He continued to remind everyone that he wanted to feel like he was home.

Where Is The Essence Festival Held?

Busta pointed out that it was his first time in New Orleans and he was glad to be in attendance at this year’s 30th anniversary of the festival.

The four-day festival is regularly held in New Orleans over the fourth of July weekend and consists of a multi-day party celebrating all things related to artistic genres.

Busta Rhymes Legend

The rap artist holds credibility in the music industry because of his versatility in working with many different musical acts. His voice is unique and stands out among his peers.

The rapper who has maintained longevity in the music industry for well over three decades is currently on tour with Rapper Missy Elliott. The tour is called Out of This World and also features singers Ciara and Timbaland.


The 12-time Grammy nominee is one of the most creative and lyrically gifted in the Hip Hop industry. Busta’s real name is Trevor Smith Jr., and the 52-year-old was born in Brooklyn, New York to Jamaican parents.

His quick flavor rap flow became his signature style with his hit song “Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check” released in 1996.

His impressive resumé includes collaborations with artists Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, and more.

Busta is also a record producer and an actor. He will be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2025, for his artistic creativity and the impact he has made in the music industry.

The North American ‘Out Of This World’ tour is currently playing across the USA and Canada from July until August.

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Published by HOLR Magazine

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