Busta Rhymes is sharing his weight loss journey, including the measures he went to before his transformation.
The rapper appeared on Monday’s “Tamron Hall” and shared he had to “duct tape” his stomach for a music video after gaining weight.
Speaking of 2020’s “Czar” music video, Busta said, “When I shot that video, there’s a scene of me wearing all white with a head wrap. When I initially put that all white on, it showed how badly out of shape that I was on camera. So we went in the dressing room and they duct-taped my stomach down.”
The “difficult” moment acted as a “reality check.”
“By the way, I never shared this ‘duct-taping my stomach down’ part with anyone on this planet,” he added.
While the weight gain didn’t affect his performances, he said that even his children had noticed.
“I think the real moments that were cutting deep was when I started to hear the conversations from my kids,” he told Hall. “The younger one, before he graduated from high school, sometimes when I would come out of the bedroom in the morning and I would put my hand out to give him a tap on the way to the bathroom or something, and he would walk past me and instead of slapping me on the hand, he was slapping me on the stomach.”
Before Busta’s 86-pound loss, he first had to undergo emergency surgery to get polyps removed from his vocal cords.
Busta recalled the doctor’s words: “I was growing these polyps on my vocal cords but what was making it worse was the behaviour pattern – the drinking and the smoking and the performing combined.” he explained. “I had to go to the throat doctor because I had to actually travel to Dubai to do a show that Friday. When that doctor saw what he saw, he immediately said ‘Oh my God. Oh my God. I have to send you to the emergency room at UCLA Medical and I need you to get in this ambulance that I’m calling for you now.’
“He said, ‘These polyps have grown so big that it’s now blocking 90 per cent of your breathing passages and if I send you home tonight and you catch a cold, the last 10% of your breathing passages can possibly be blocked by just the regular swelling of a gland or sore throat or just catching a regular cold and you could die tonight.’”
“Tamron Hall” airs weekdays on Global.