Following up his troubled 2006 release The Big Bang
, Back on My B.S.
-- or B.O.M.B.S. -- is guided by the "return to form" template, sometimes to a fault. "Give Em What They Askin For" is an exercise in yelling, kicking, and screaming "I'm back" as loud as you can, and while fans will likely cheer, Busta
and producer Ron Brownz
are just preaching to the converted and should have left this hookless monster on a mixtape. A handful of similar tracks suffer from this same problem of ambition over inspiration, but for every miss, there's a hit, and you don't have to look any further than the other Busta
team-up, "Arab Money," which acts as an Arabic-sampling alternative to its equally infectious older brother, "Mundian to Bach Ke." The Jelly Roll
production "Sugar" is the wild sound of Kraftwerk
with an Isley Brother
in their ranks, while Pharrell
gives "Kill Dem" a Neptunes
-styled version of dancehall, allowing Busta
to turn on the patois and let his Jamaican heritage take control. Odd that a comeback album would put unsurprising Akon
and John Legend
collaborations in the fourth quarter, but even odder is the successful closing bit of Euro-disco called "World Go Round" which falls somewhere between a Flo Rida
single and a new wave club classic. That's more highlights than last time out, and even if B.O.M.B.S. fails to put Busta
back on top, it is certainly a step in the right direction.