Busta Rhymes If You Don’t Know Now You Know Lyrics: Swagger, Skills, and Timeless Rhymes

Busta Rhymes If You Don't Know Now You Know Lyrics

Busta Rhymes’ “If You Don’t Know Now You Know” Lyrics: A Timeless Anthem for the Ages

OYWM – Yo, what’s up fam? It’s your boy here, and today we’re gonna dive deep into the legendary lyrics of Busta Rhymes‘ iconic track, “If You Don’t Know Now You Know.” This joint has been a staple in the hip-hop game for over two decades, and it’s still bumpin’ like it just dropped yesterday.


We’re live in five, four, three, two, ONE!

[Big Tigger]
Welcome everybody, you are “Live in the Den”
With Big Tigger hangin out today with one of my friends

[Busta Rhymes (Tigger)]
Whattup, okay if you ain’t know it be one of the best of all time
Busta Bust for short, for some better know me Bust’ Rhymes
(What’s good?) Maintainin (same here, just smashin)
(How the fam?) They all good my nigga, thanks for askin
You and yours?

[Big Tigger (Busta)]
We all blessed, things ain’t too bad
Still dealin with last year’s sudden loss of my dad
(Man, my condolences) Thanks dawg, let’s begin
Ain’t seen you in a sec, Busta what you been up to since then?

[Busta Rhymes]
Stayin healthy and keepin it movin while I just be showin
these other niggaz how to do it while I’m constantly growin
I’ve been learnin a lot, and still earnin a lot of money crazy
Doin my thing and securin a win for all my babies

[Big Tigger]
Aight, well it’s clear in this new year you’ve been busy
But how you been dealin with the drama of the loss of your man Izzy?

[Busta Rhymes]
It’s been one of the most traumatic times and I’ll never forget it
I’m survivin, thus bein a punchin bag for those affected
It’s somethin that I accepted, it was hard to understand
the way things happen, but in the end I guess it’s God’s plan

[Big Tigger]
Word, heard you beefin with five-oh, couple cases on rotation
And on top of that, Bust’ Rhymes is now on probation?

[Busta Rhymes]
Yeah, and I thank Judge Stevens and we was happy to see
that he ain’t send me up north cause I got a family to FEED

[Big Tigger]
Changed your image up last year, cut the dreads down low
And also, gave the appearance of some major muscles
Now on the low streets been talkin like it usually do
Busta Bust, help us out, the public needs to know

[Busta Rhymes]
Just for the record the reason a nigga cut off the dread
I had to shed, tired of carryin weight on my head
Secondly, it’s all good when niggaz talk, well they need to back it up
Only needles I use is when I tat-tat-tat it up

[Big Tigger (Busta)]
Uhh, some people sayin you changed, even your Flipmode fam (uh-huh)
I heard the word’s came safe from Rah Digga and Baby Sham (right)
Said you (Passed the Courvoisier) to pick up a gun
Said you more concerned about bein hard than havin fun

[Busta Rhymes]
Yo, wow Tig’, I see you takin it there; you got your arsenal, huh?
I think I know where you got that from, that Vibe article bruh
The press’ll turn your family against each other for ‘fetti, to sell a book
Besides we all talked already and we good

[Big Tigger (female)]
Wowwww, that’s what’s up, be clear it’s goin down
And if you wanna holla at Bust call us up right now
Phone lines is open, what y’all, wanna discuss?
What’s good caller, you “Live in the Den” with Big Tig’ and Bust
(Hey Tig’!) What’s good ma? (Enjoyin the show)
(But there’s somethin about Busta I’ve been dyin to know)
Well holla at him

[unknown female (Busta)]
Hey Busta (what’s good ma?)
I’ve been a fan since way back when you dropped “Woo-Hah”
(Woo-hah!!) Yeahhhh, that was my joint
Every album since then always been on point
(Thank you) Videos and big shows is hardcore
So why you think your albums haven’t sold more?

[Busta Rhymes]
Well baby, the nature of the business is unstable
Especially when your project ain’t properly promoted by your label
E’ry album I put out gold or platinum, just a second
Check the hardware on my walls is major, just for the record

[Big Tigger]
Read about you in a book or two
Now tell me Bust, please discuss, were they all lies or some of it true?

[Busta Rhymes]
Well I read about you in a couple of books too son
But I don’t even know, tell me which book you readin from

[Big Tigger] Aight, next caller

[unknown female (Busta)]
Hey Busta, heard about you on Miss Jones
(Why you bringin up old shit? You need to leave that alone)
So I’m sayin, is it true what she said?
Did you jump right out from between her legs and start fryin eggs?

[Busta Rhymes]
I can’t remember exactly but I used to ride to her hood
and pick her up all hours a night, thought the pussy was good
‘Bout 15 years ago, shit
I can’t imagine she’d remember that a nigga made a mean egg sandwich

[Big Tigger]
I seen a couple websites try to put you on blast (uh-huh)
with your relationship with homegirl with the real fat ass

[Busta Rhymes]
Who? You talkin ’bout Deelishis? Yeah her body is vicious
She like trouble; thus we only friends, y’all made us a couple

[Big Tigger]
How do you deal with the gossip, rumors and lies
and feelin like each and every move you make is analyzed?

[Busta Rhymes]
Yo, it’s all good, you see the blessing is a gift and a curse
To be in a position I am, shit could be worse

[Big Tigger]
I know my time’s runnin short so let me get to this thought
I’m sure you wanna thank your fans for all of their support

[Busta Rhymes]
Absolutely, see y’all are why I shine like the sun
Big up to all my peeps who been ridin with me since day one
It’s why I walk the streets with pride, you niggaz know how I shit it
It’s why I rep it thorough for all the fans who stay committed

[Big Tigger]
Busta, now you’ve been gettin it in since way back when
So what you say to critics sayin you can’t do it again?

[Busta Rhymes]
See I ain’t gotta say shit to ’em, I’m off to somethin else
Nigga check my résumé, bitch it speak for itself
It’s why I always do what I do, and I big up my chest
God put his hands on me, you could see that I’m blessed
And I’m grateful

[Big Tigger]
AIGHT! It’s time to go
But I thank y’all for tunin on in to the “Live in the Den” show

[Busta Rhymes]
And if you don’t knowww, now you know
And if you don’t knowww, now you know, nigga

[Outro: Tigger (Busta)]
Holla Busta [both men ad libbing]
(Yes, yes, yes) [ad libbing]
(Yes, yes, yes) [laughing]
That’s what’s up man, holla (ha ha ha, you crazy nigga)

The Backstory

Back in the day, when Busta was coming up in the game, he was part of the crew called Leaders of the New School. But when he went solo, he linked up with the Flipmode Squad and dropped his debut album, “The Coming,” in 1996. That’s when the world got to witness the birth of this classic track.

The Lyrics

Now, let’s break down these lyrics and see what makes ’em so dope.

Verse 1

I'll let you know, I'm wise beyond my years
But still I'm too young to settle down
And when I'm rippin' the microphone up
It's pathetic, how many instrumentals I own

Right off the bat, Busta lets us know he’s a wise and talented young emcee who ain’t ready to settle down yet. He’s boasting about his skills on the mic and how he owns the beats he spits on.


If you don't know, now you know, nigga
If you don't know, now you know, nigga
If you don't know, now you know, nigga
If you don't know, now you know, nigga

This chorus is straight fire, fam. It’s a bold statement, letting everyone know that if they slept on Busta before, they better wake up and recognize his skills.

Verse 2

I got the flow to make you throw your hands in the air
And say, "Oh, no, here he go again"
It's pathetic, niggas think that I'm wettin'
I got the flow to make you throw your hands in the air

In this verse, Busta flexes his confident and boastful flow, claiming he’s got the skills to make the crowd go wild. He’s not afraid to call out the haters who doubted him.

The Impact

This track was a game-changer for Busta Rhymes. It solidified his place as one of the most dynamic and energetic rappers in the game. The lyrics are a perfect blend of confidence, skill, and swagger, and they’ve inspired countless artists over the years.

Song HighlightsDescription
LyricsBold, confident, and boastful
FlowDynamic, energetic, and wild
ImpactSolidified Busta’s place in hip-hop history

So, there you have it, fam. “If You Don’t Know Now You Know” is a true classic that showcases Busta Rhymeslyrical prowess, mic presence, and undeniable talent. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and bump this joint loud and proud!


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