A large media has gathered and all are waiting anxiously for the arrival of one international superstar, Busta Rhymes, days before his scheduled Big Brother performance.
The huge figure of Busta Rhymes walks through the door, and the cameras start clicking and flashing and there is a great sense of expectation that pervades the Michelangelo Hotel’s conference room in Sandton.
Seeing Rhymes in person is surprisingly less intimidating than on television. Those who had never seen him on television could be forgiven for thinking that he himself is a bodyguard.
The rapper, who is over six feet tall, is now bulkier than ever and appeared relaxed, happy to be in Africa.
Whilst Rhymes admitted he knows little about Big Brother, his research has led to his enlightenment and respect for the reality show. He did, however, state that he does not think he would be able to last 91 days.
“I don’t think I could last 91 days; I don’t want to be in the house with guys for 91 days. Maybe if you left me in there with Jennifer Lopez, Haile Berry and Angelina Jolie…”
Rhymes also said he was willing to work with African artists, highlighting the fact that he constantly played a song by Nigerian artist, Phase, on his IPod for 3 to 4 weeks after hearing the song. He said he collaborates with artists whom he believes share the same vibes and energy.
“I have plans to go anywhere I’m wanted,” he said.
Having already been to Nigeria and Angola, Rhymes’ local fans may be encouraged by the news that he is not ruling out performing or visiting any country in Africa.
“I have never found reason not to come back to Africa,” he said.
Africa is the richest part of the planet, he said.
“We chose the best part of the plant. It is the seed and the fruit of mankind,” Rhymes said, when asked what comes to mind when he thinks of Africa.
He said that he may return to doing movies. The 38-year-old rapper acknowledged the support from his family, which he says helps him enjoy his everyday life.