First coming on the New York City music scene in 1977, Busy Bee worked with many of hip-hop’s founding fathers, including Mele Mel, Afrika Bambaataa, and Kool DJ AJ.
Known for his comedic rhymes, Busy Bee originally gained a large following through MC rap battles in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and New Jersey.
He was famously roasted by Kool Moe Dee at Harlem World in Manhattan, NY, December 1981, in one of the earliest documented rap battles.
In the early 1980s Afrika Bambaataa asked Busy to join his Zulu Nation where the young MC would DJ for Bambaataa’s Zulu Nation parties.
Busy Bee continues to rhyme today, most recently appearing on KRS-One and Marley Marl’s collaborative 2007 album, Hip-Hop Lives.
Busy Bee was featured in the 1983 film Wild Style, billed as the first hip-hop motion picture, directed by Charlie Ahern.
More recently, he played himself in the 2002 inner-city drama Paid in Full.
He had an early 12″ pre-Sugarhill Records was “School days” in 1980.
On Sugar hill he made “Making Cash Money” in 1981 and “Busy Bee’s Groove” in 1984.
His biggest record to date is “Suicide” in 1987 which was produced by Jazzy Jay and appeared on Strong City.
He did release two albums (“Running Thangs” in 1988 and “Thank God for Busy Bee”), but his work on the Wild Style soundtrack is widely considered his most memorable recordings as well as some featured tracks on the Sugar Hill box set.
He appeared on Funkmaster Flex’s Mixtape Vol. 3 in 1998.
He currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife of over 20 years, Michelle. He has two daughters.
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