Over the past weekend, Busta Rhymes liberated his tenth studio LP Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God, a return to form for the New York hip hop legend that sees 22 tracks and a slew of assists from Pete Rock, Rakim, Kendrick Lamar, Q-Tip, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, and more. Given the weight behind the long-awaited project, one can expect the accompanying visuals to maintain the same level of quality.
Following previously released clips for “YUUUU” with Anderson .Paak and “The Don & The Boss” with Vybz Kartel, Busta delivers two more for the tracks “Czar” and “Master Fard Muhammad,” which feature M.O.P. and Rick Ross, respectively. “Czar” is directed by Busta and Benny Boom and begins with a message from an increasingly booked-and-busy Chris Rock, before the Flipmode veteran can be seen emerging from the waters after swimming with a shark. African and Arabic cultures are both referenced throughout, with additional cameos from T. Rodgers and Michael Blackson in the warrior-driven video.
“Master Fard Muhummad” takes a less aggressive approach, with Busta and Rozay standing amongst the Nation of Islam dressed to the nines at a lavish residence. Shots of the duo’s performance is interspersed with a wounded child, who is eventually led to the artists and their crew for continued enlightenment. It’s a powerful message delivered with the help of the Maybach Music-associated entity Dre Films, which matched Busta’s multi-layered subject matter:
“I thank God for the blessings of paths paved, as I journey through a jungle of lions so unscathed, until I speak in tongues when I visit my aunt’s grave/
And hustle like a genius with strength of a man’s slave, it gets deeper while he’s singing his praise, walk with me now.../”
Press play on both “Czar” and “Master Fard Muhammad” below. Also included is the Reloaded version of Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God that contains a few additional tracks.