Year of the Dragon (Busta Rhymes Album)
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Year of the Dragon Busta Rhymes Album
Year of the Dragon
Busta Rhymes Year Of The Dragon Cover Art.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 21, 2012
Recorded2010-2012
GenreEast Coast hip hop
Length50:11
Label
Producer
Busta Rhymes chronology
Back on My B.S.
(2009)
Year of the Dragon
(2012)
Singles from Year of the Dragon
  1. "King Tut"
    Released: May 22, 2012

Year of the Dragon is the ninth studio album by American hip hop recording artist Busta Rhymes, it was released by Google Play as a free release on August 21, 2012.[1] The album features guest appearances from Anthony Hamilton, Cam'ron, Robin Thicke, Maino, Vybz Kartel, J-Doe, Reek da Villian, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Trey Songz and Lil Wayne.[2]

The album is no longer available on Google Play and cannot be officially purchased or streamed on any platform.

Background

The album's title (inspired by the Chinese zodiac) and cover art were revealed on July 9, 2012.[1] The official track list was released on August 8, 2012.[3] It was released on August 21, 2012 for free download via Google Play.[4]

Singles

The album's lead single "King Tut", featuring Reek da Villian and J-Doe, was released on May 22, 2012.[5] The music video for "King Tut", featuring Reek da Villian and J-Doe, was released on July 25, 2012.[6] The album's second single "Doin' It Again" featuring Reek da Villian and Chanel Nicole was released on August 1, 2012.[7] The music video for "Doin' It Again" featuring Reek da Villian and Chanel Nicole was released on September 12, 2012.[8] The music video for "Movie" featuring J-Doe was released on October 16, 2012.[9]

Critical response

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
HipHopDX3/5 stars[10]

Year of the Dragon was met with generally mixed reviews from music critics. Slava Kuperstein of HipHopDX gave the album three out of five stars, saying "The problem is the same one that's plagued just about every single Busta Rhymes album: the Dungeon Dragon cannot decide on a direction for the project. It's not cohesive in production, styles, or subject matter. Busta's all over the place, and does nothing to improve his reputation as one of the greatest emcees to not have a great album to his name. Here's to hoping the real album will be better."[10]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."I'm Talking to You"Ty Fyffe3:33
2."Til We Die" (featuring Rick Ross & Trey Songz)Dready4:27
3."Do That Thing"Focus3:42
4."Make It Look Easy" (featuring Gucci Mane)Ted Smooth3:37
5."Pressure" (featuring Lil Wayne)Pop & Oak3:10
6."Love-Hate" (featuring Robin Thicke)Mr. Porter3:57
7."Grind Real Slow"Bink!3:40
8."King Tut" (featuring Reek da Villian & J-Doe)Jahlil Beats4:42
9."Sound Boy" (featuring Cam'ron)3:23
10."Doin' It Again" (featuring Reek da Villian & Chanel)
Ted Smooth3:28
11."Wine & Go Down" (featuring Vybz Kartel)
Dready3:32
12."Movie" (featuring J-Doe)
4:12
13."Crazy"
  • T. Smith
  • Daniel
Dready3:27
14."Bleed the Same Blood" (featuring Maino & Anthony Hamilton)
K. Figz3:46

Sample notes

References

  1. ^ a b "ALBUM COVER: BUSTA RHYMES - 'YEAR OF THE DRAGON'". Rap-Up. 2012-07-09. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Busta Rhymes Reveals "Year Of The Dragon" Is Free Release, Lists Features". HotNewHipHop. 2012-07-26. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Busta Rhymes Year Of The Dragon Cover & Tracklist". Rap Radar. 2012-08-08. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "New LP: Busta Rhymes Year Of The Dragon". Rap Radar. 2012-08-21. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "New Music: Busta Rhymes Ft. Reek Da Villain & J Doe "King Tut"". Rap Radar. 2012-05-22. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "New Video: Busta Rhymes Ft. Reek Da Villian x J-Doe "King Tut"". Rap Radar. 2012-07-25. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "New Music: Busta Rhymes Ft. Reek Da Villian & Chanel "Doin It Again"". Rap Radar. 2012-08-02. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "New Video: Busta Rhymes Ft. Reek Da Villian x Chanel "Doin' It Again"". Rap Radar. 2012-09-12. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "New Video: Busta Rhymes x J-Doe "Movie"". Rap Radar. 2012-10-16. Retrieved .
  10. ^ a b Kuperstein, Slava (December 1, 2012). "Busta Rhymes Year of the Dragon". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2012.

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