On Tuesday night, Janet Jackson stopped in New York for the latest show on her “Together Again” tour. During the show, fans were treated to a special appearance from none other than Busta Rhymes. Jackson’s longtime collaborator made the most of his time on stage as he took time to shower her with praise and give her flowers, literally.
“I don’t want to disrupt the programming too much, but I brought some gifts for you, queen…We’re going to give you your flowers. I’m going to give you your bouquet while you can smell them,” he said.
“Oh my gosh,” Jackson chuckled.
“In 1998, 25 years ago, I’m on the Belt Parkway going from Long Island to Manhattan. I’m listening to Janet Jackson do an interview with Angie Martinez promoting The Velvet Rope album. Angie Martinez asked her, ‘What rapper have you never worked with before that you would like to work with?’ She said, ‘Busta Rhymes’…Excuse my language, but I almost crashed my fucking car,” Busta Rhymes continued.
The two stars would go on to release “What’s It Gonna Be?” from his third studio album, Extinction Level Event: The Final Front. Released as the album’s final single, the track was certified Gold by the RIAA and crept into the top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100.
“To this day our video is the most expensive hip-hop video ever made in the history of hip-hop culture,” Busta Rhymes said.
“You cannot play with the royal empress. Please know that.”