Busta Rhymes To Sign With Dr. Dre's Aftermath Records

Rapper Busta Rhymes has defected from J Records

and will ink a deal with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment.

"We haven't signed the papers yet, but the

deal is done," Busta's manager Chris Lighty told AllHipHop.com. "They

have been working together for his album for the past few weeks."

Lighty said that the two titans in rap have known

each other for years and have always had a mutual respect for each other. Their

best-known collaboration together, "Break Ya Neck," was featured on

Busta's Genesis album, an album that also spawned the massive single,

"Pass The Courvosier."

The follow up, It Ain't Safe No More,

was a commercial disappointment compared to other releases in the rapper's catalog

and was his last album release for J Records.

Rumors swirled that Busta was set to sign with

Dre after It Ain't Safe No More and felt comfortable with the super producer.

"Dre has known Busta for years," Lighty

added. "Dre had done songs with Busta in the past and had an interest in

working with Busta intimately when he his deal was finished. And simply put,

who wouldn't want to work with Dr.


Busta Rhyme's untitled Aftermath Records album

is scheduled for a June/July 2004 release date.