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Busta Rhymes delivered an emotional speech while honored with the 2023 BET Awards lifetime achievement award on June 25
“So, I’m gonna wear it on my sleeve. I do wanna cry,” the hip-hop star began as he recalled his humble beginnings as a member of Leaders of the New School, Peoplereports.
“My oldest child was a 3-year-old in the ‘Woo-Hah!!’ video back in ’96. He’s 30. He’s right here,” Busta said while noting that five of his six kids were at the awards show.”
He added: “I went on, and I had five more kids after that. So, I got six beautiful children. Five out of the six of them is here, T’ziah, Mariah, Cacie, T’khi, Trillian and the young boss who’s home.”
The Grammy nominee also recalled getting “kicked out” of Leaders of the New School four years before releasing his debut solo album in 1996.
Busta recounted moments from his early days in hip-hop when he would bring marijuana to recording studios and post up like he was supposed to be there.
“I knew all of the receptionists that worked at the studios, and I would call them — ‘Who’s working in there tonight?’ And they would tell me, and I would go to this little weed spot,” Busta said.
“I would act like I was working in those studio rooms the night before and I forgot something in there.
‘Y’all, I left my rhyme book. I gotta get something. I gotta look for something. Good to see y’all. Can I come through?'” he shared.