Has Busta Rhymes ever been arrested? Yes, Busta Rhymes has been arrested on at least two occasions, though his legal troubles have done little to derail his career, and after more than 20 years in the hip-hop game, he remains one of the most famous rappers in the world. Busta Rhymes’ most infamous arrest, if you can call it that, occurred on August 20, 2006, when he was picked up for assaulting a man who spat on his car, USA Today reports. In May of the following year, Busta was bagged for drunk driving in New York, Billboard reports, as cops smelled booze on his breath after pulling him over for driving an SUV with overly tinted windows. Rhymes’ legal woes continued in 2009, when a judge ordered him to pay $75,000 to a man who claimed the MC had assaulted him in 2003, the New York Post reports.
The fact that fans even have to ask if Busta Rhymes has ever been arrested proves that his criminal wrongdoings haven’t overshadowed his artistic achievements, and at the age of 42, he’s still a musical heavyweight. Born Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr. on May 20, 1972, in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, Busta came on the scene in the early ’90s as a member of Leaders of the New School, the group he formed with several high school buddies from Long Island. After the Leaders split up in 1994, Busta went solo, and he’s since released nine studio albums. His 10th, “E.L.E. 2 (Extinction Level Event 2),” is due out in July 2014 on Cash Money.
Has Busta Rhymes ever been arrested outside of the U.S.? Indeed, he was nabbed at London City Airport in 2008 after British authorities denied his entry into the country. Their reason: those earlier assault charges. Despite the hassle — he was detained for 11 hours — Busta remains a beloved rap star around the world, and when “E.L.E. 2” hits the streets, it’s sure to sell plenty of copies on both sides of the pond.
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