Violator: The Album

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Violator: The Album
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Compilation album by Violator
Released August 10, 1999
Recorded 1999
Genre Hip-hop
Label Violator/Def Jam
Producer The Beatnuts, DJ Scratch, Diamond D, Havoc, Q-Tip, Swizz Beatz
Violator chronology
Violator: The Album
Violator: The Album, V2.0
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Violator: The Album is a hip-hop/R&B compilation album, released on August 10, 1999 by Def Jam Recordings. It was the first release through the imprint Violator Records, a spin-off of Mona Scott & Chris Lighty's Violator Management company. A number of then-Violator Management clients and associates appear on the album, among them Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, and Noreaga.

The LP features production from the likes of The Beatnuts, DJ Scratch, Diamond D, Havoc, Nottz Q-Tip and Swizz Beatz. The album featured many popular artists at the time, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Mobb Deep, Ja Rule and the Hot Boys, among others. Violator proved to be a success, making it to #8 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and spawned one sequel, Violator: The Album, V2.0, in 2001. Q-Tip's "Vivrant Thing", the first solo single for the former A Tribe Called Quest member, was the album's first single and a major pop success. "Say What", by LL Cool J, was the album's second single.

The album was certified gold on September 29, 1999.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro" – 2:54
  2. "Vivrant Thing" (Q-Tip) – 3:10
  3. "Whatcha Come Around Here For" (Flipmode Squad) – 4:13
  4. "I Wanna Fuck You" (Noreaga) – 3:55
  5. "Say What" (LL Cool J) – 3:51
  6. "First Degree" (Da Franchise, Ja Rule) – 4:01
  7. "Heavy Weights" (Fat Joe, Big Pun, Eightball) – 4:29
  8. "Ohh Wee" (Cru) – 3:52
  9. "Do What Playas Do" (Mysonne, Mase, Eightball) – 4:08
  10. "Nobody Likes Me" (Mobb Deep) – 4:05
  11. "Nobody" (Next, Mysonne) – 4:45
  12. "Thugged Out Niggaz" (Capone-n-Noreaga, Final Chapter) – 3:42
  13. "Shit That He Said" (Big Noyd) – 3:48
  14. "Beatnuts Forever" (The Beatnuts)– 3:05
  15. "What My Niggaz Want" (Cam'ron, Busta Rhymes) – 2:41
  16. "The Truth" (Mysonne) – 4:13
  17. "Who Can I Trust" (Cormega, Lil' Wayne) – 4:02
  18. "Bus-A-Bus (Remix)" (Busta Rhymes) – 3:33
  19. "Violators" (L Boogie, Sonya Blade, Noreaga, Mysonne, Prodigy, Busta Rhymes) – 5:37
  20. "Outro" – :11

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