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“Gimme Some More” is the Grammy–nominated lead single American rapper Busta Rhymes released from his third solo album E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front. It is often considered to be the very summit of Busta's complex, breathless, high-speed rhyming delivery most prominent in his early work.[1] The song was produced by regular Busta collaborator DJ Scratch. The violin riffs that accompany the main beat are sampled from the opening theme to Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho, composed by Bernard Herrmann.

"Gimme Some More"
Single by Busta Rhymes
from the album E.L.E.
B-side"Do It Like Never Before"
ReleasedOctober 26, 1998 (1998-10-26)
Recorded1998; Larrabee North Studio
(North Hollywood, California)
GenreHardcore hip hop
Songwriter(s)Trevor Smith
Producer(s)DJ Scratch
Busta Rhymes singles chronology
"Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up"
"Gimme Some More"
"What's It Gonna Be?!"
Audio sample

In 2000, it was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance at the Grammy Awards, but it lost to Eminem's "My Name Is." Rhymes first performed the song live with The Roots on Saturday Night Live with "Tear da Roof Off" on February 13, 1999.

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Gimme Some More" was directed by Hype Williams along with Busta Rhymes himself, credited there as Busta Remo. Like many of Busta's earlier music videos, it is shot through fisheye lens in fast motion and is largely absurdist in nature. Opening up with a Looney Tunes-like intro, the video begins with Busta Rhymes narrating in the background, recalling how he once bumped his head as a child. A little boy portraying Busta as a child acts this out. A woman runs out of house to the aid of Busta, asking him, as Busta narrates, "Did you bump your head?" Busta says, "Yeah..." The woman then asks, "So that means you gon' switch it on 'em?" To this, Busta replies, "Yeah...Flip Mode...Flip Mode is the greatest!" Suddenly, the child turns into a hideous, little blue monster with big yellow eyes and sharp teeth, and chases the woman around and throughout the house. The story is intercut with scenes of Busta Rhymes and other members of Flip Mode Squad in outrageous costumes and situations. Busta is seen as a boxer, stock broker, police officer, miner, pistol-toting, Yosemite Sam-like Texan, body builder, pimp and a person tied up about to get run over by a train a la The Perils of Pauline. The video ends on an unresolved cliffhanger, with the woman trapped on top of a refrigerator and the monster climbing closer and closer towards her.

It was nominated for "Breakthrough Music Video Of The Year" at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards. A VHS tape of the music video came free with a purchase of the album E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front.[2]

Track listingEdit

CD singleEdit

  1. "Gimme Some More" (Clean Version)
  2. "Gimme Some More" (Dirty Version)
  3. "Do It Like Never Before"

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (1999) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 29[3]
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 5[4]
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 36[5]
UK Singles Chart 5


  1. ^ Busta Rhymes: Extinction Level Event - The Final World Front Archived 2006-08-28 at the Wayback Machine. Rolling Stone.
  2. ^ "Busta Rhymes - Gimme Some More". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  3. ^ Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - "Gimme Some More"
  4. ^ Bubbling Under Hot 100 - "Gimme Some More"
  5. ^ Rhythmic Top 40 - "Gimme Some More"

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