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DVD Review - Busta Rhymes - Everything Remains Raw

May 30th, 2004

Busta Rhymes' reggae influenced rap is quite possibly the most recognizable style in rap today. Everything Remains Raw is the first live DVD released in his more than a decade long career. The DVD contains a good mixture of concert footage, backstage / tour bus footage and special features.

When it comes to music DVDs there are basically three things you look for: audio and video quality, song selection and special features. The sound and video quality of the DVD are excellent, I can't emphasize that enough. The concert footage is shot in hi-definition the video is ultra sharp, which is in stark contrast to the home movies that comprise most of the special features. All the high marks of Busta Rhyme's solo career are on the disc. However, depending on your particular tastes, there may be one or two lesser-known songs that are missing from the concert, but that's to be expected. Also, he and Spliff Star really keep the crowd's energy high throughout.

The three main special features on the disc are Flipmode Squad, Flipmode Garage and The Flipmode Fortress. The deal with the artists that comprise the band, the vehicles they drive and the tour bus they use, (or the moving mansion as Busta refers to it.) Average 4 minutes in length and have some pretty good insight into the group.

Rounding out the special features is an Easter Egg featuring home movie footage of Busta Rhymes' European and African tour. To access this footage go to Audio Setup; once there just keep pressing up until a red biohazard symbol appears. Click that symbol to watch the home movies.

If you are big fan of Busta Rhymes, then this is an excellent addition to your collection. In fact, if you are just a fan of rap in general the DVD is worth picking up.

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