View Full Version : Busta Rhymes Honors Slain Bodyguard With Performance and Video

03-08-2006, 11:34 PM
Busta Rhymes dedicated his performance at Power 105.1 New York's Fourth Annual Birthday Bash to slain bodyguard Israel Ramirez.

At the concert held Long Island, NY's Nassau Coliseum, he also revealed that he hoped to unite the Hip-Hop community.

"An unfortunate situation killed my friend," Busta told the crowd before pledging to have fun in Ramirez's name. "My friend, my loved one who was doing a real good job keeping me safe."

Ramirez was gunned down February 5 outside of Brooklyn, NY's Kiss the Cactus Production Studios. Though Busta (born Trevor Smith) is believed to have been next to Ramirez at the time of the shooting, he's yet to talk with authorities. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly is presently considering putting Busta in front of a grand jury. Meanwhile, Busta blasted the media's coverage of Ramirez's killing.

"The media make me look like a -- making me look real -- crazy," Busta told the audience attending the show. "We weren't on some drug spree wilding out. We went to work that day to secure the food on the table for our children."

Busta also spoke of the "Touch It" remix video, offering that it shows that not all rappers have beef. The video, which premiered on MTV's "Direct Effect" last night (March 6), begins with images of Ramirez as Busta commemorates the bodyguard.

In addition to Busta, the video features Mary J. Blige, DMX, Lloyd Banks, Papoose, Rah Digga and Missy Elliott, among others.

"You know we had to finish this video, right?" Busta says in the video's introduction. "A lot of artists coming together to represent a unified front, just wanted to make sure that people see this thing so that you didn't die in vain. I love you and I miss you, homie, I hope I make you proud."

In related news, Busta is already in a bit of legal trouble. Melvin Smith, a 37-year-old handy man from East Orange, NJ, recently filed a lawsuit against the rapper and his bodyguard, claiming the two roughed him up after he requested an autograph.