Busta Rhymes opens up about what inspired his 100 lb. weight loss

Andre L. Perry for Men’s HeathBusta Rhymes opened up about his 100 lb. weight loss in the Jan./Feb. issue of Men’s Health magazine. 

Weighing 254 lbs. today, the 48-year-old rapper said he’s focused on his music, but not nearly as much as his health. 

Busta admitted his food and workout regimen changed in 2009 during the making his recent album, Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God. 

“Believe it or not, I made the album when I was at my most unhealthy,” he tells Men’s Health. “I was so focused on the music being the best that it could be, I didn’t put any time into taking care of myself.”

In the midst of supporting his six children, Busta said he was overwhelmed by the loss of his longtime manager Chris Lighty in 2012 and his father in 2014. 

He said he “felt cheated” being that “the two people I wanted to see me win were no longer here to see it.”

“Those were the two most important male figures in my entire life. Early on, Chris Lighty was telling me that this was the best album that I ever made,” Busta continued about Lighty, who had begun visiting Busta’s studio sessions for the first time in 22 years.

“I was waiting for him to tell me that I was making something special, and then he tells me, but he dies before I could put the album out,” he said. 

Busta’s health became more apparent to his family, after one of his sons found him struggling to breathe after falling asleep in the car after a night of partying in 2019.

These days, Busta is sleeping, eating better and exercising more to be the healthiest version of himself, while promoting, ELE2. “I ain’t just getting in shape to look good with my music,” he adds.

By Rachel George
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