EBONY Evolution explores the past, present and future of our favorite stars. In an in-depth interview, we get an intimate look into Black trailblazers' lives, loves and careers through their voices and perspectives.

Staying connected to what's fresh, new and current is how Busta Rhymes, one of the five icons featured on our Hip-Hop 50th anniversary commemorative covers, has sustained and thrived through generations of hip-hop. “It's what keeps my blade sharp,” he declares. Paying homage to the ones who came before him, Busta reveals who helped him glow up when he first busted out on the rap scene and why he's all about "dropping gems" for the next music generation.

Get schooled and learn more about Busta Rhymes' journey in this latest episode of EBONY Evolution.

The Hip-Hop 50 commemorative print issue is on sale from September 19, 2023 to December 19, 2023. Get your copy at magazines.com, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Walgreens, Target, Publix, Safeway, Kroger, Books A Million, and more, plus select retailers in London and South Africa.

EBONY hip-hop 50 Busta Rhymes. Shot By Keith Major