Trevor George Smith Jr. is a Jamaican-American rapper and actor professionally known as Busta Rhymes. He is also a record producer and a record executive.
Smith has three children with his high school sweetheart and former girlfriend Joanne Wood, who is a lesbian. In December 2005, he was awarded custody of the three children.
A member of the Five-Percent Nation, Smith identifies as a Muslim. Here are 13 more things about him:
- He was born to Jamaican parents Trevor Smith Sr. and Geraldine Green in Brooklyn, New York, City, United States.
- In 1984, he and his family moved from Brooklyn to Uniondale, Long Island, New York where he started rapping.
- He attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in Brooklyn with Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G” Wallace and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter.
- In 1990, he and his fellow Long Island natives Bryan “Charlie Brown” Higgins, James “Dinco D” Jackson and Sheldon “Cut Monitor Milo” Scott formed the hip hop group Leaders of the New School. Elektra Records released the group’s debut album “A Future Without a Past…” on July 30, 1991.
- In 1991, he graduated from Uniondale High School in Uniondale.
- His son T’Ziah Wood-Smith was born on February 26, 1993. Also in 1993, he made his acting debut in the film “Who’s the Man?” and the television movie “Strapped,” which were released on April 23, 1993 and on August 21, 1993, respectively.
- Elektra Records released his debut studio album as a solo artist titled “The Coming” on March 26, 1996. Also in 1996, he appeared as himself in the “New York Undercover” episode “Kill the Noise.”
- He voiced Reptar Wagon in the animated comedy film “The Rugrats Movie,” which hit theaters on November 20, 1998. Also in 1998, Jill Miskelly gave birth to their daughter Mariah Elizabeth Miskelly. In the same year, he appeared as himself in “The Wayans Bros.” episode “Busta Saves the Day.”
- He voiced Reptar Wagon again in the “Rugrats” episode “Wrestling Grandpa/Chuckie Collects,” which aired on May 1, 1999. Rhonda Randall gave birth to their daughter Cacie Smith on May 2, 1999. His son T’Khi Wood-Smith was also born in 1999.
- He starred opposite Alvin Nathaniel “Xzibit” Joiner in the action thriller “Full Clip,” which hit theaters on March 23, 2006. Aftermath Entertainment, Flipmode Records and Interscope Records released his seventh studio album “The Big Bang” on June 13, 2006. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 making it his first number one album. He has a child named Miracle Smith, who was born in 2006.
- On May 19, 2009, Flipmode and Universal Motown released his eighth studio album “Back on My B.S.,” which was banned in the United Arab Emirates because of his song “Arab Money.” He starred opposite Tom Berenger, Musetta Vander and Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones in the action thriller “Breaking Point,” which hit theaters on December 4, 2009.
- He appeared in the “Fresh Off the Boat” episode “Hi, My Name Is…,” which aired on April 26, 2016. He starred with Nick Cannon and Whoopi Goldberg in “King of the Dancehall,” which was screened at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2016. Cannon wrote and directed the drama film.
- At the age of 48, he competed in “The Masked Singer” Season 4 as the Dragon and eliminated in the first episode, which aired on Fox on September 23, 2020. Cannon, the host of the show, correctly guessed his identity before he was unmasked.