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Busta Rhymes: 'Hip-hop has changed so much since I started'

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Busta Rhymes has suggested that hip-hop has changed a great deal since he first became famous in the 1990s.

The rapper, whose breakthrough solo hit was 1996's 'Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check', suggested to The Huffington Post that record companies have almost become obsolete with the rise of mixtapes.

Rapper Busta Rhymes hosts the Palms Pool Saturday Party at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas

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Busta Rhymes arriving at the 2012 BET Awards in Los Angeles

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"These record companies are making it a lot easier for themselves to not be needed because they don't develop artists anymore," Rhymes said.

"And if artists are left to have that responsibility to develop themselves on their own, when they become the s**t and they become the stars, would they need a record label? They already became the s**t without the record label."

He continued: "Becoming the s**t on their own is what makes the label want to do business with them, but if they're already the s**t, why do they need the label?

"That's why the independent movement has become so powerful in the past five years. That's the only thing I see that's changed a lot, among other things."

Watch Busta Rhymes's 'King Tut' music video below (warning - mature content):



Rhymes also chided record labels for not properly promoting their artists.

"They're not throwing money around like they used to. We used to spend $2 million on a video, at least I did," he recalled. "So them days is over, but there's a lot of things that have changed. Radio has changed, I think it's starting to come back around."

The musician went on to say: "A real climate shift that's happened in music lately has definitely been inspiring things for the better, or a little bit better over the past couple of years. But ultimately, I'm not mad at where hip-hop is. Sometimes for good changes to come we have to encounter some bad ones, that's how life is, a balance of good and bad.

"But I definitely feel like hip-hop is at an amazing stage right now, both professionally and creatively. And I think as long as we stay on this course we'll be back to the things that we love and maybe even better."

Rhymes recently released a new mixtape Year of the Dragon, which features Lil Wayne, Trey Songz and Rick Ross.

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