A confession: I haven't gotten past the introduction to the “Twerk It” video. Was a rough cut leaked and did everybody just shrug? See me in my office, Director X. But Busta Rhymes is recovering thanks to a simpler clip for “Thank You,” his excellent throwback single with “Scenario” accomplice Q-Tip, who is so great even Yeezus forgets to blink. Another confession: Lil Wayne and Kanye West don't so much feature as act like DJs, telling us what we're listening to as we listen. It's less annoying than it sounds. If you haven't heard the song, Alicia Myers' 1981 disco hit “I Want To Thank You” donates its ceaselessly ascending guitar line for the rappers to spit furiously over, with the singer's own hook forming the grateful, graceful drop.
Busta Rhymes' E.L.E.2 is out soon on YMCMB.