Born John Lucks, Loaded Lux hails from Harlem, New York City. After spending his early school days at nearby St. Charles Borromeo Elementary School, he attended Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx.
While in school, Lucks gained a better understanding of not only himself, but of the priorities and drive needed to become successful. Combined with the discipline instilled in him by his parents, Lucks’ strengths and skills carried over into his music career.
Loaded Lux eventually took over—and forever changed—the underground rap battle scene. He coined his token catchphrase during his famous 2012 battle against Calicoe at New York City’s Webster Hall: “You gon’ get this WORK.”
Earlier this year, the Harlemite dropped his highly anticipated single featuring Redman and Method Man, “Rite.” Look out for his next mixtape project, You Gon’ Get This Work, coming soon.
Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr., (born May 20, 1972), better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American rapper, producer, and actor from Brooklyn. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the moniker Busta Rhymes, after NFL wide receiver George “Buster” Rhymes. Early in his career, he was known for his wild style and fashion, and today is best known for his intricate rapping technique, which involves rapping at a fast rate with lots of internal rhyme and half rhyme, and to date has received eleven Grammy nominations for his musical work.
About.com included him on its list of the 50 Greatest MCs of Our Time (1987–2007), while Steve Huey of Allmusic called him one of the best and most prolific rappers of the 1990s. In 2012, The Source placed him on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time. MTV has called him “one of hip-hop’s greatest visual artists.”
Busta Rhymes was both a member of Leaders of the New School and a founding member of the record label Conglomerate (founded as Flipmode Entertainment) and production crew The Conglomerate (formerly Flipmode Squad). In November 2011, Busta Rhymes signed a deal with Cash Money Records. He has so far released eight studio albums, with the first being the 1995 platinum-selling album The Coming. His list of hit singles include “Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check”, “Dangerous”, “Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up”, “What’s It Gonna Be?!”, “Pass the Courvoisier, Part II”, “I Know What You Want” and “Touch It”, among several others. He is set to release his tenth album, E.L.E.2 (Extinction Level Event 2), in 2014, which will be a sequel to his 1998 album E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front.