Rapper Busta Rhymes trended on social media after he railed against "weird ass" government Covid-19 mandates during a recent concert gig.
Busta, born Trevor Smith Jr., expressed his opinion during the Seoul Tacos 10th Anniversary Block Party in St. Louis, Missouri in June.
He noted that "you can't even breathe freely," while wearing a face mask. The rapper also said government officials who try to "take our civil liberties away" can "suck a d**k."
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Busta and other rappers hit the road after the CDC announced people who are fully vaccinated can go maskless indoors and outdoors.
"This is my second show in front of human life in the last fifteen f**kin' months. COVID can suck a d**k. All these little weird-ass government policies and mandates can suck a d**k. Stop tryin' to take our civil liberties away. It feels good to be back outside, we outside for real."
"It's called the God-given right of freedom, right?" he continued. "No human being supposed to tell you you can't even breathe freely. F**k your mask. I mean I’m sayin', some of y'all might feel differently but, f**k your mask. I can't rhyme to you with a mask on. We can't eat food with a f**king mask on. We can't even see each other smile with a mask on. I come from a time when before i even used to want to holler at a chick, I used to have to do s**t with my face to let her know that I’m into her."
"All of that energy gets blocked when your mask is on. Energy is important, and we are all conductors of f**kin’ good energy. We also got to be clear when a motherf**ker trying to give you bad energy, you can tell only from the expression on their face. I wanna see the face, f**k your mask. I mean, I'm sorry I gotta go political and s**t, I miss my people, we gotta talk."
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Busta Rhymes paid tribute to his late friend and collaborator MF DOOM as "a God MC and incredible human being".
The rap legend - whose real name was Daniel Dumile - passed away on October 31, according to a statement by his wife Jasmine on December 31.
DOOM, aka Zev Love X, Metalface and King Geedorah, worked with Busta frequently since their 1991 track "Nitty Gritty Remix" with the former's group KMD.
Busta admitted he is struggling to come to terms with the devastating loss of the beloved rapper - who was just 49.
Alongside a video of their 2016 track "In The Streets" - which also featured The Chicago Kid - Busta began his lengthy post on Instagram: "Rest easy on levels that words can't describe @MFDOOM."
"It has taken me days to come terms with this enough to type about it and I still can't believe it or come to terms with it. I'm completely f**ked up by the loss of this God MC & incredible human being!! Over 30 years of friendship & brotherhood almighty!! I wanted to believe this was another elaborate scheme by the great Whodini MF DOOM himself but this time I have received the confirmations that it wasn't."
On DOOM's legacy, Busta added: "This has meant something to our culture that no other MC has because he figured out something that none of us before him and that was to be completely free!!!"
DOOM suffered a devastating loss when his beloved 14-year-old son died of unknown causes. The rapper announced his son's death on Dec. 18, 2017.
"KING MALACHI EZEKIEL DUMILE 2/22/03 – 12/18/17 The greatest son one could ask for. Safe journey and may all our ancestors greet you with open arms. One of our greatest inspirations. ‘Thank you for allowing us to be your parents. Love you, Mali."
Doom also lost his brother Dingilizwe Dumile, aka KMD's DJ Subroc, who was killed as he crossed a busy highway in New York in 1993.
KMD was dropped from the record label the same week Subroc died.
KMD was best known for their bubblegum rap song "Peachfuzz," featuring 3rd Bass and Grand Puba on the xylophone.
Old school rapper Busta Rhymes (left) showed off his dramatic weight loss on Instagram after fellow rapper T.I. (right) dissed him as too old to battle rap.
Busta, who has a new album coming out, asked T.I. to battle him on Verzuz. But T.I. turned him down flat, saying, "I salute and respect Busta a whole lot. I just think the generational gap might be just a little too much."
Busta responded, saying "age don't make no difference, and "it don't matter when you came out. I know people that been out before me that I put out more albums than them after I came out after them. This ain't got nothing to do about generation."
The 48-year-old rapper, born Trevor George Smith Jr., continued:
"Just let the world know truly that you don't want this bust a** that you was about to get. It's okay. Cause, see, the difference between me and you, my brother, and we're both kings. I'm actually a god."
Busta then took to Instagram to share before and photos after working out in the gym to prove he's never too old to compete with the younger generation.
He captioned the photos:
"DON'T EVER GIVE UP ON YOURSELF!! LIFE BEGINS RIGHT NOW!!! MY DEDICATION IS DIFFERENT!! I WOULD NEVER PUT OUT AN ALBUM AND NOT BE IN THE BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE!! I RESPECT MYSELF TOO MUCH AND I RESPECT Y’ALL TOO MUCH!!! I’M ONLY HERE TO INSPIRE!!"
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Def Jam Records held a listening party for rap artist Rick Ross's new album Mastermind at the Colony Theater on Miami Beach. Other celebs in the house included Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, DJ Khaled, Cash Money Records co-founder Bryan "Baby" Williams, music producer Scott Storch, up-and-coming rapper Lambo (Gloria James' boyfriend), and more. Mastermind is set to be released on March 4.
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Rap mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs, his concubine, Cassie Ventura, music industry exec Bu Thaim, Big Teach and Keenan Jasper. Rapper Busta Rhymes, Torch of MMG and Underground sensation Travis Scott celebrated DJ Efreezy's birthday presented by Varsity LG at Dream nightclub in Miami. Combs and Cassie snuggled and necked in the VIP. They behaved like a couple still caught up in the throes of Dopamine-fueled passion. Then again, they have been together for quite a few years... It could really be Love.
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I'm not feeling this style worn by NBA baller Carmelo and his boy, rapper Diego Cash at the Velvet Room this past Sunday.
I was told not to mention the words "suspect" or "How U doin" in regards to the old school culottes 'Melo is sportin'. I was also told not to go in on them for dressing alike right down to the faux diamond pendants. So I won't mention any of that.
Local businessman and club promoter Alex Gidewon, right, with Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets
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