Busta Rhymes opens up about near 100-pound weight loss after major health scare

Karu F. Daniels, New York Daily News on

Published in Entertainment News

Busta Rhymes isn’t busting loose anymore.

The hip-hop legend is opening about how he lost 100 pounds within a year.

Weighing in at 254 pounds, the 48-year-old rapper says he initially gained weight following the death of two important men in his life — his father and his friend and longtime manager, Chris Lighty.

“I felt cheated,” Rhymes, whose real name is Trevor Smith Jr., revealed to Men’s Health magazine. “The two people I wanted to see me win were no longer here to see it.”

Due to the devastating losses, the “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” lyricist— known for his muscular physique — let himself go with poor diet habits and ending his workout regimen.

During an incident in 2019 one of his sons discovered him asleep in his car struggling to breathe. Rhymes says it took his son and his security team 20 minutes to wake him and get him inside.


A throat doctor later discovered that there were polyps in his throat, restricting 90 percent of his breathing and he had to have emergency surgery.

“That’s when I knew s—t was serious,” he shared “The doctor told me that if I caught a cold or slept wrong that I could die....It felt like this was on me now, and I had to steer things in a different direction. I was too young to be on all of these blood-pressure medications and acid-reflux medications.”

On Monday, the former Elektra Entertainment superstar appeared on “Tamron Hall” to discuss his weight loss journey.

Rhymes said the moment he knew his weight gain had gotten out of control was during a video shoot.


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