Busta Rhymes, Who Is Trending After Physical Altercation with Female Fan, Seen with 7 ft Shaquille O’Neal in Iconic Photo From 1997

Published 08/30/2022, 8:00 PM EDT
UNDATED: Shaquille O’Neal raps in a studio. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

This rare photo from the 90s of Shaquille O’Neal and Busta Rhymes will certainly make you nostalgic. The two legends have been mavericks in their respective fields for a long time. In this recently resurfaced photograph, both Shaquille O’Neal and Busta Rhymes are around 25 years old.

In the 1992 NBA draft, the Orlando Magic selected Shaq as the number one overall pick. Soon after, the Big Diesel began to dominate the paint at an unprecedented level, in a way that would terrorize defenses for years to come. Following his stint as the centerpiece of the Magic organization, Shaq would move to LA on a staggering seven-year $120 million deal in 1996.

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The 7′ giant would immediately make the Los Angeles Lakers his home and continue to prosper. This rare photo is from 1997, one year after Shaq signed for the Lakers.

Shaquille O’Neal and Busta Rhyme’s rare photo

Incidentally, Shaquille O’Neal and Busta Rhymes are both 50 years old. Therefore, they were both in their mid-twenties, about 25 years old, during the time the picture was taken.

As a matter of fact, the photo was taken at MTV Rock ‘n Jock basketball in 1997. Both Shaq and Rhymes look filled with energy and passion.

In other words, they seem to be enjoying themselves and their broad smiles display the rapport between them. With his 7′ stature, the Lakers legend is obviously towering over the 6’ tall rapper. But their impeccable chemistry appears to bridge the disparity in their heights.

As we all know, Shaq is not only a massive hip-hop aficionado, but he’s a rapper himself. In fact, his studio album ‘You Can’t Stop the Reign’ featured legendary artists like Biggie Smalls, Nas and Jay-Z. Therefore, it’s not surprising at all that Shaq and Busta Rhymes would get along with each other.

Busta Rhymes’ physical altercation with a female fan

Busta Rhymes recently grabbed headlines after indulging in a physical altercation with a female fan. As it turns out, a female fan tried to touch the 50-year-old rapper during a live concert.

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Soon after, the ‘Touch It’ emcee asked to stop the music and confronted the lady. He even told the lady’s boyfriend to make sure that his partner is not acting inappropriately. The veteran artist seemed visibly disturbed by the lady’s actions.

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Satagni Sikder

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Satagni Sikder is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He has a Master's degree in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and has been following the NBA since 2017. Moreover, he supports the Dallas Mavericks, and unsurprisingly, Luka Doncic is his favorite player.

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