A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario” Turns 25 Today

Twenty five years ago, the legendary hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest introduced a young rapper by the name of Busta Rhymes to the world. A hyper but charismatic emcee, Busta Rhymes, who was then part of the Leaders of the New School alongside Charlie Brown and Dinco D, made a name for himself on the classic posse cut “Scenario” at the age of just nineteen-years-old. His classic verse was sampled by many hip hop figures over the years including the likes of Afrika Bambaataa, Eminem and Nicki Minaj. Here are the lyrics to his legendary verse in its entirety:

Watch, as I combine all the juice from the mind
Heel up, wheel up, bring it back, come rewind
Powerful impact – boom! – from the cannon
Not bragging, try to read my mind just imagine
Vo-cab-u-lary’s necessary
When digging into my library
Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!
Eating Ital Stew like the one Peter Tosh
Uh! Uh! Uh! All over the track man
Uh! Pardon me, uh! As I come back
As I did it yo I heard you beg your pardon
When I travel through the town I roll with the squadron
RRRRRROAW RRRRRRROAW like a dungeon dragon
Change your little drawers cause your pants are sagging
Try to step to this, I will twist you in a turban
And have you smelling ripe like some old stale urine
Chickity-choco, the chocolate chicken
The rear cock diesel, buttcheeks they were kicking
Yo, bust it out before the Busta bust another rhyme
The rhythm is in sync (Uh!) the rhymes are on time (time!)
Ripping up this dance just like a radio
Observe the vibe and check out the scenario


When looking at the longevity of Busta Rhymes’ music, it’s a well-known fact that Busta is one of the most entertaining and original M.C.’s of our generation. However, what many of us might not remember is that Busta’s been entertaining us way before we were able to understand the complex rhyme schemes and intricate poetic techniques sprinkled throughout hip hop. Many of us (especially us millennials) first heard Busta Rhymes when he famously voiced the lovable Reptar Wagon in the 1998 animated adventure comedy film “The Rugrats Movie.” Along with his contributions as Reptar, Busta also is credited as an artist on the movie’s soundtrack on a song called “On Your Marks, Get Set, Ready, Go!” which can be found below:

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