Busta Rhymes had an island named after him. Read to know the reaction of Twitter users when this fact about Massachusetts was discovered

Fans of famous hip-hop artist Busta Rhymes have discovered that there is actually an island named after him. And people on Twitter are actually losing their minds mostly because the island had gone unnoticed for so many years.

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Busta Rhymes island

The island is actually a 40-by-40 foot island in Mill Pond, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and named after Hip Hop artist Busta Rhymes. According to Slate magazine, since 2009, the island was regularly visited and tended by Kevin O’Brien.

“It’s a very small little island [with] rope-swinging, blueberries, and … stuff Busta would enjoy,”

O’Brien told Boston.com almost a decade ago.


Slate magazine in 2009 had published a story on Kevin O’Brien. Kevin, then 27, would frequently visit the island with friends for a hangout or with family. He said he began to take care of the island in 2005. He is an unofficial caretaker of the island.

He also voluntarily planted fruit and cleaned up after trash left behind by other visitors. Kevin O’Brien felt like it was a second home. So, he thought he needed to properly name the island. The name he decided should be unforgettable as well as fitting. Thus he named the island Busta Rhymes. Since teenage, Kevin was a fan of the rapper.

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Attempt to name officially

Kevin O’Brien did attempt to make the island’s name official by submitting a proposal to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. However, he received a reply that in order to name a piece of land after a celebrity, the individual must have been dead for at least 5 years. And so the island was never officially named the Busta Rhymes Island.

Determined Kevin was able to geotag Busta Rhymes Island on Google Maps.

Unofficial name

According to Angela Snell, director of parks and recreation in Shrewsbury, the island has no name.

Snell said “It’s just a small pond in the Town of Shrewsbury. And residents use it for canoeing or fishing. There’s no swimming at the pond, so it’s really just to enjoy nature and that kind of stuff.”

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Social media reaction

On March 6 of this year, the unusual fact about Massachusetts was reminded. Altas Obscura had mentioned the island’s existence and people quickly reacted to it. The tweets soon went viral and more people received the information.

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Social media users heartily appreciated this information as well as thanked Kevin. We’ve included some reactions below.

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Short bio on Busta Rhymes

Busta Rhymes’s real name is Trevor George Smith Jr. He was born on May 20, 1972, in Brooklyn, New York City. His parents were Geraldine Green and Trevor Smith Sr. who are from Jamaica. Busta has 4 children- 3 sons, T’Ziah (born 1993), T’Khi (born 1999), Trillian (born 2001), and a daughter Mariah (born 1998).

Busta is an American rapper, actor, record producer, and record executive. He has released nine studio albums. The first album, The Coming was released in 1996 and was platinum-selling. The hip-hop artist received 11 Grammy Award nominations for his work.