Busta Rhymes has been the recipient of some online body shaming over the years — but nobody can laugh now. On Thursday night (October 22), the Hip Hop legend shared an Instagram post with his 2.8 million followers showing off an impressive body transformation with side-by-side photos.
In the first, Busta is sporting a sizable belly and in the second, he reveals his recently rediscovered six-pack.
“DON’T EVER GIVE UP ON YOURSELF!!” he wrote in all caps. “LIFE BEGINS RIGHT NOW!!! MY DEDICATION IS DIFFERENT!! I WOULD NEVER PUT OUT AN ALBUM AND NOT BE IN THE BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE!! I RESPECT MYSELF TOO MUCH AND I RESPECT Y’ALL TOO MUCH!!! I’M ONLY HERE TO INSPIRE!!”
Bus-A-Bus also made sure to shout out his trainer Victor Munoz who, according to his Instagram page, is a celebrity trainer, diet and nutrition coach and owner of Team Pro Edge. He also thanked several other people involved in his journey to fitness.
“Thank you coach @victormunoz_proedge,” Busta added. “Thank you Legend @mrolympia08. Thank you King @kaigreene Thank you Icon @dominicandominator & @chefdeliche.”
Photos of Busta at Munoz’s gym stretch back to at least May 2019, so the 48-year-old MC has been grinding for awhile. In one photo, dated July 17, 2019, Munoz points out he’s “coming along.”
With Busta’s transformation complete, he can focus on promoting his forthcoming album Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God, which arrives on October 30. The project serves as the long awaited follow-up to 1998’s Extinction Level Event: The Final World Front.
Busta announced the project’s title with the help of fame comedian Chris Rock in August. Check out the trailer below and find pre-orders here.