Busta Rhymes swearily slates fans for using phones at gigs

Busta Rhymes has swearily slated fans for using their phones during his gigs credit:Bang Showbiz
Busta Rhymes has swearily slated fans for using their phones during his gigs credit:Bang Showbiz

Busta Rhymes has swearily slated fans for using their phones during his gigs.

The 52-year-old ‘Dangerous’ rapper – born Trevor George Smith Jr – flew into a rage at the crowd constantly filming his performance during his show at the Essence Festival in New Orleans on Friday (05.07.24) night.

He said: “F*** them camera phones. Let’s get back to interacting like humans. “Put them weird a** devices down. I ain’t from that era.

“Them s**** don’t control us all. F*** your phone.”

Busta was shown on footage – ironically shot by fans – pointing out individuals in the crowd and asking them to stand up for his act.

He added: “I’m gon’ point every last one of y’all out until y’all a**** is up.

“Thirty-three years of this s***. I ain’t used to n***** sitting down at my show. “I don’t give a f***. All age groups, get you’re a** up, now.”

Turning to those seated at the top of the room he continued to rant: “F*** goin’ on? Get y’all big head a**** up.”

Busta said his outburst was down to him having “zero tolerance” for “bulls*** energy”.

He added: “This is my first time in New Orleans at the f****** 30-year anniversary of the Essence Festival – make me feel like we home.”

Many fans slated Busta for his foul-mouthed attack on the crowd and their phone.

But many supported his stance, saying they wanted bans on phones at gigs.

Others pointed out how many seats were empty at Busta’s gig and sneered he had no right to have a go at the fans who did show up.

But another social media user said the emptiness was most probably due to a rainstorm outside of the event.

He said online while sharing a video of the deluge: “For context, there was damn near a hurricane outside of the stadium.

“That is why there were only like 400 people in there.

“Also, don’t judge a short clip – it was light-hearted, and he put on an amazing set. My section had a ball.”