Matt Diehl
August 13, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Violator: The Album

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
LL Cool J, Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Various Artists
Producers
Def Jam, Violator
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a B+

In recent years, Violator Records/Management has become a key player in the hip-hop hierarchy; its nest remains home to rap killer bees like Busta Rhymes, Big Pun, and Noreaga, all of whom make appearances on the commemorative comp Violator: The Album. The supa-dupa fly lineup makes for a diamond-sharp survey of today’s fiercest street funk, but two cuts stand out: ”Say What” remains LL Cool J’s hardest-hitting track in years, while the vibrant funk of Q-Tip’s ”Vivrant Thing” proves he doesn’t need the Tribe vibe for slamming solo success.

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