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Busta Rhymes “goes off” on fans for using their phones during Essence Festival Performance: ‘F–k Your Phone’

The New York emcee took the stage at the Essence Festival in New Orleans on Friday, July 7, and got frustrated with fans who paid more attention to their cellular devices than to him.

Busta Rhymes told the crowd to “get off” their phones during his set at the 2024 Essence Festival: “I ain’t from that era.”

This past weekend, Busta Buss performed on the 2024 Essence Festival stage in New Orleans. During his performance, he surprised fans with what appears to be his own rendition of Kendrick Lamar‘s hard-hitting “Not Like Us” diss track.

Busta Rhymes also ignited a heated debate about cellphone usage at musical events after apparently reprimanding the crowd during his Essence Festival performance in New Orleans over the weekend.

In a fan-captured new video circling the internet, the 52-year-old rap veteran could be seen confronting attendees using their phones instead of fully engaging with the show.

“A-yo, f—k them camera phones, too. Let’s get back to interacting like humans. Put them weird a— devices down. I ain’t from that era. Them s--ts don’t control the soul. F—k your phone!”

The “Touch It” emcee proceeded to single out individuals on their phones, asking them to stand."I will point every last one of y'all out until y'all asses is up," he shouted. "I don't give a f--k. All age groups get yo' a-- up now!"

"Everybody up top, too, get y'all big head a--es up!" Busta demanded, adding that he has a "zero tolerance" policy for that kind of behavior. "Make me feel like we home!"


Take a look at the previewed unreleased remix “Not Like Us” below.


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