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
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 and Q-Tip. 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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