For further information, contact:

Karen J. LaFlamme, (253) 841-5024;

or cell (253) 691-2005

Puyallup, WA - June 13, 2003 - Intense. Rugged. Potent. Focused.

Each term paints a perfect picture of one of hip-hop's greatest artists, Busta Rhymes. With five platinum albums, one platinum single and three gold singles among his lengthy list of recording accomplishments, he has been one of rap's most bankable stars since breaking onto the scene seven years ago.

Busta will perform at the Puyallup Fair's 2003 Columbia Bank Concert Series on Friday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets on Saturday, June 21 at noon. Ticket prices are $31.50 for infield, reserved seats, and reserved grandstand seating $26.50. Tickets include Fair gate admission.

"It Ain't Safe No More...," Busta's latest CD, continues to be a dominant force on the Billboard Top R&B / Hip-Hop albums chart. Since its release two months ago, the project has consistently landed among the Top 20 of the chart, powered by the current hit collaboration with Mariah Carey, "I Know What You Want," (Top 3 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for the past three weeks) and the project's lead single "Make It Clap." The collection earned an enthusiastic three-star review in USA Today and is an album the Los Angeles Times says is "Rhymes' most consistently solid collection to date."

In his short, yet enriched career, Busta has worked with R&B superstars such as Mary J. Blige, TLC and A Tribe Called Quest. He used his musical success to branch out into film (appearing in such critically acclaimed movies as Higher Learning, Finding Forrester, Narc, and Shaft) and as a pitchman (he's been the face of everything from Mountain Dew to Sprite to Miller Lite). He also created his own production/management company, Flipmode Squad.

With his first album, 1996's "The Coming," Busta Rhymes showed that

his unyielding energy, inventive beats and impeccable imagery would set him apart from any other artist. In fact, the vibrant, colorful "Woo Hah!! Got you All In Check" video established Busta as one of the most creative hip-hop personalities.

Each of Busta's subsequent albums, 1997's "When Disaster Strikes...," 1998's "E.L.E.: Extinction Level Event: The Final World Front," 2000's "Anarchy" and 2001's "Genesis," was certified platinum and

demonstrated that the wiry rapper was a pillar of consistency in a genre in which heroes are discarded as quickly as they are crowned.

The vibrant, articulate and Caribbean-accented Busta Rhymes began rapping at the age of 12, when he moved from his native Brooklyn to Long Island. His undeniable performances in rapping events led to meeting his future partner MC Charlie Brown. They began rapping together and won a contest sponsored by Chuck D and Public Enemy. Soon they were recording together, and were known in the rap industry as LONS (for Leaders of the New School).

Tickets will be going on sale for the remainder of the Puyallup Fair 2003 Columbia Bank Concert Series line-up this summer. Visit the Fair website, for updates. Other concerts currently selling tickets include:


Date Entertainer Time Seating

Sept. 5 (Fri) PRCA Rodeo 1:00 p.m. $15.50

Chris LeDoux & PRCA Rodeo 6:00 p.m. $24.50

Sept. 6 (Sat) PRCA Rodeo 1 & 6 p.m. $15.50

Sept. 7 (Sun) PRCA Rodeo 2:00 p.m. $15.50

Sept. 9 (Tues) "Weird Al" Yankovic 7:00 p.m. *$10/Free

Sept. 10 (Wed) Chicago 7:00 p.m. $37.50/$32.50

Sept. 11 (Thur) Jars of Clay plus Special Guest7:00 p.m.*$10/Free

Sept. 12 (Fri) Busta Rhymes 7:00 p.m. $31.50/$26.50

Sept. 14 (Sun) Neil Sedaka 4:00 p.m. *$10/Free

Sept. 15 (Mon) "New Faces of Country": 5:00 p.m. *$10/Free

Jessica Andrews, Craig Morgan

& Dierks Bentley

Sept. 17 (Wed) Alabama "The American 7:00 p.m. $500-$45

Farewell Tour"

Sept. 21 (Sun) The Allman Brothers Band 4:00 p.m. $36.50/$31.50

* Shows that are $10/Free DO NOT INCLUDE Fair gate admission. Concerts with free grandstand seating are first come, first-seated, as there are no tickets issued for limited free seating.

Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Fred Meyer, Tower Records, Wherehouse Music and other independent locations. Tickets may also be purchased via phone with American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit cards by calling Ticketmaster at (253) 627-TIXS in Tacoma, or (206) 628-0888 in Seattle, or via the Internet by logging onto Ticketmaster's website at To save the convenience charge, purchase tickets in person at the Ticketmaster outlet at the Fairgrounds.

The Puyallup Fair first started in 1900. This Pacific Northwest

tradition features top name entertainment, the PRCA Rodeo, rides, exhibits, food, flowers, and animals. For further information about the Sept. 5-21, 2003 Puyallup Fair, visit our website at or call the 24-hour hotline at (253) 841-5045.