May 8, 2008

The other day, I received a phone call from official Passion of the Weiss, Secretary of Shadowboxin’, Barry “Disco Vietnam” Schwartz. In between Barry’s lectures on why the dumb are mostly intrigued by the drum and why I need to stop haranguing U-God, he asked me if I’d heard the new Busta Rhymes song.

I answered no, as other than “Goldmine,” his pretty great 2006 collabo with Raekwon, I haven’t taken Busta seriously since he decided to re-invent himself as a Pablo Escobar-like coke dealer, one who had apparently forgot the fact that he anchored “Scenario.” But when I finally heard, “Don’t Touch Me (Throw Da’ Water on ‘Em),” it was fairly clear that this is the best Busta cut since the days when he used to don dresses and bake brownies with Martha Stewart. To paraphrase Barry, sometimes an artist, even one as presumably washed-up as Busta hears the right beat, gets inspired and the next thing we know, he’s produced something comparable to his past glories.

So as long as Busta doesn’t ultimately reveal that “Don’t Touch Me” is a bizarre, anti-gay manifesto, its got a reasonably good shot at ending up as one of my top singles of the year. MP3’s are below, complete with instrumental, which means that one of the MC’s reading this (I know you’re out there), should hit it with your best shot like Pat Benatar. I promise this will be the first and last Pat Benatar joke I ever make. Good day.

MP3: Busta Rhymes-“Don’t Touch Me (Throw Da Water On Em)”
MP3: Busta Rhymes-“Don’t Touch Me Instrumental”