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  • Summary: The first album on the Universal Motown label for the rapper features guest artists such as Lil Wayne, Jadakiss, T. Pain, Pharell, Akon, T.I., Estelle, Mary J Blige, J. Foxx, J. Legend, and Common.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 80
    His sometimes unkempt vocal performances can work better in the smaller doses of singles or cameos, but here, as on 2006's "The Big Bang," he sounds like he has made the album his metier. [Jul 2009, p.98]
  2. Busta Rhymes has finally made an album that works from beginning to end--it is just a shame that the lack of crossover hit singles will doubtless leave BOMBS a slightly unappreciated gem.
  3. What there is not quite enough of is Rhymes himself--the deft MC is a bit crowded out by collaborators' mic turns and auto-tuned refrains.
  4. Back On My B.S. is 50 minutes of largely no-nonsense Busta, fist firmly planted in the mid-'90s. Of course, with that we get the expected ups and downs, but what Busta lacks in album length longevity, he makes up for in force.
  5. For every track that finds him returning with full force to the tongue-twisting ways of his youth ('Don't Believe 'Em') or addressing tabloid gossip with refreshing honesty ('If You Don't Know'), there's a blatant trend grab like the Auto-Tune-abusing 'Hustler's Anthem '09.'
  6. 50
    But two decades deep in the game, Busta is still beholden to a style that ping-pongs between silly and steroidal, making his stabs at honesty fall awkwardly flat.
  7. B.S. includes far more filler than it needed to.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. theimperial
    May 25, 2009
    Extremely well made album. most likely album of the year!
  2. Raya
    May 22, 2009
    Bus let me down on this old school hip hoppers are dyin for some good music.
  3. Feb 3, 2012
    Terrible i was really excited for this album and busta said its goin to b the best. BIG LIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Busta neverTerrible i was really excited for this album and busta said its goin to b the best. BIG LIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Busta never delivered. E.L.E.2 Better be better than this piece of garbage album Expand
  4. SeanL
    May 22, 2009
    This is a disgrace to hip hop, everything he once represented and busta should be ashamed of himself for droppin an album this terrible.