Busta Rhymes curses fans who are on their phones at Essence Festival: ‘I’m not from that era’

Busta Rhymes didn’t feel the crowd’s energy during his performance at Essence Festival on Friday night.

The “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” rapper, 52, cursed out fans in the crowd at his performance because they were on their phones watching the show.

“F—k them camera phones. Let’s go back to interacting as humans. Put them weird butt devices down. I’m not from that era. They don’t control us all. F—k your phone,” the rapper said, according to one fan’s video that was shared online.

Rhymes – born Trevor George Smith Jr. – went on to individually point out audience members and ask them to defend their action.

“I will show every last one of you until all the donkeys are raised,” he said.

“33 years of this s—t. I’m not used to n—how to sit down at my show. I don’t give a f—k. All age groups, rise now.”

“F—k go on?” he continued, calling to those seated at the top of the room. “Get up all you big asses.”

The reason behind the rapper’s outburst – which he described as giving “zero tolerance for bulls-t energy” – he explained, was because “this is my first time in New Orleans at the f-king 30 year anniversary of the Essence Festival.”

“Make me feel at home,” he closed.

As people sounded off on X with their thoughts on Rhymes’ unexpected robbery, many of them pointed out the empty seats in the crowd.

However, another social media user shared that the void was probably due to the heavy rain happening outside the event.

“For context, it was damn near a hurricane outside the stadium. That’s why there were only about 400 people there,” he said, sharing a video of the downpour.

“Also, don’t judge a short clip, it was hilarious, and he put on an amazing set. My department had a ball,” he added.

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