The Imperial
Studio album by Flipmode Squad


September 1, 1998


August 1997 - April 1998


Soundtrack Studios
(New York City, New York)


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, Underground hip hop




Elektra Records / Violator Records


Busta Rhymes (exec.), DJ Scratch, Swizz Beatz, M.D., Da Beatminerz, Rockwilder, L.E.S., Tony Touch

The Imperial is the debut studio album by American Hip hop group Flipmode Squad (consists of Rampage, Spliff Star, Lord Have Mercy, Baby Sham, Rah Digga and Busta Rhymes. It was released in September 1, 1998 through Elektra Records and Violator Records. Recording sessions was mostly taken place at Soundtrack Studios in New York City from August 1997 to April 1998. The production on the album was handled by DJ Scratch, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz, M.D., Da Beatminerz, Rockwilder, L.E.S. and Tony Touch.

The Imperial spawned the singles: "Cha Cha Cha", "Everybody On The Line Outside" and "Everything".

Track listing[edit | edit source]

  1. "The Imperial (Intro)" - 5:00
  2. "To My People" - 4:56
  3. "Settin' It Off" - 4:22
  4. "Run For Cover" - 3:32
  5. "I Got Your Back" - 5:46
  6. "This Is What Happens" - 5:30
  7. "Everybody On The Line Outside" - 5:06
  8. "Last Night" - 3:59
  9. "Where You Think You Goin'" - 4:40
  10. "We Got U Opin (Part II)" - 5:02
  11. "Straight Spittin'" - 4:43
  12. "Money Talks" - 4:26
  13. "Cha Cha Cha" - 4:11
  14. "Hit 'Em Wit Da Heat" - 4:17
  15. "Do For Self" - 5:22
  16. "Everything" - 3:40

Samples[edit | edit source]

The Imperial (Intro)

  • "Light and Squeeky Old Wood Screen Door Opens and Closes With a Bounce" by The Hollywood Edges Sound Effects Library

To My People

  • "MacArthur Park" by Richard Harris

I Got Your Back

  • "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" by The Floaters

Everybody On The Line Outside

  • "Impressions of the Sorcerer" by Tangerine Dream

Last Night

  • "East of the River Nile" by Augustus Pablo

We Got U Opin (Part II)

Straight Spittin'

  • "Come In Out of the Rain" by Parliament

Money Talks

  • "Long Way Around" by Parliament

Cha Cha Cha

  • "Midnight Groove" by Love Unlimited Orchestra

Hit 'Em Wit Da Heat

  • "Gotta Get Away" by Flambing Ember

Do For Self

  • "Love Theme" by Dominic Frontiere
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