LATEST: A secret audio recording reveals hip-hop star Busta Rhymes being verbally abused by the suspected killer of his bodyguard ISRAEL RAMIREZ, shortly before the fatal shooting outside a New York City studio.

The New York Daily News claims it has a transcript of a 53-minute recording, which charts the argument leading up to the murder of the 29-year-old father-of-three in Brooklyn, where Rhymes was filming the promo to his new single TOUCH IT (REMIX).

The recording appears to confirm rumours G-Unit member Tony Yayo was a central figure in the dispute.

Rhymes, real name TREVOR SMITH, has been criticised by police and Ramirez's family for failing to co-operate with the murder investigation.

JERRY SCHMETTERER, spokesman for the Brooklyn district attorney, says, "I hope the person who has this tape or video would cooperate with authorities, especially if it provides evidence in this case."

The tape recording features Rhymes acting as a peacemaker, but he is branded "a bitch" by another man, who is believed to be the murderer. Although the shooting isn't heard on the tape, because it was outside the studio, the mayhem of screaming and the call to emergency services is caught.

The owner of the tape is currently offering the recording to various media organisations for $50,000 (GBP29,000).