The Imperial (album)

July 29, 2011

Flipmode Squad and The Conglomerate
Origin New York, USA
Genres Hip hop, Rap
Years active 1996–present
Labels Flipmode, Universal Motown
Members
Busta Rhymes
Spliff Star
Reek Da Villian
Dready
Show Money
J-Doe
Seige Monstracity
DJ Ice Cold
Nikki Grier
Lonny Bereal
N.O.R.E.
DJ Scratchator
Past members
Serious
Lord Have Mercy
Roc Marciano
Meka
M. Dollars
Labba
Papoose
Rah Digga
Rampage
Baby Sham
DJ Scratchator
Chauncey Black

The Flipmode Squad is a production crew and musical group, founded and fronted by rapper Busta Rhymes. The first Flipmode album debuted in 1998 with The Imperial, Rampage and Rah Digga went on to record solo efforts. In the move to J Records in 2000, Lord Have Mercy left Flipmode Squad in preference of a solo career in 2000, feeling that Busta was holding him down.[1][2]

A second Flipmode Squad release, Rulership Movement, was set for release in 2003 on J Records, but because of the label change to Aftermath it was never released. It was been announced that the album might be released sometime in 2009, but this never materialized.

The founding member, Busta Rhymes has joined Dr. Dre‘s Aftermath label recently. Rah Digga & Spliff Star have appeared alongside Busta in the “Touch It (Remix)” video, lending credibility to Flipmode’s longevity.

Rah Digga left the Flipmode Squad after feeling that she needed to move on and release yet long awaited Sucker Free album. The newest addition to the group is Show Money[3][4] who has made an appearance in the “Don’t Touch Me (Throw da Water on ’em)” and “I Got Bass” music videos. DJ Scratchator left Flipmode/The Conglomerate in 2009 and he returned now in July 2011. Reek Da Villian left Flipmode in February 2009, because of business reasons and headed up to The Conglomerate which is the current Flipmode. Flipmode releases are on Flipmode Entertainment.

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