With a roster that includes such rap heavyweights as Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Violator really needs no introduction.

With a roster that includes such rap heavyweights as Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Violator really needs no introduction. 1999's Violator: The Album produced such hits as Q-Tip's "Vivrant Thing." This time out, the imprint relies heavily on its rookie acts, including newcomer JoJo Pelligrino, whose "Fiend" lifts from Eric B. & Rakim's "Microphone Fiend." Fellow rising stars Da Franchise shine with Butch Cassidy on "Livin' in Da City." Although the Violator novices represent the next generation well, the veterans ably hold their own. Witness Busta Rhymes on the party anthem "What It Is," Noreaga on the Neptunes-produced "Grimey," and "Ex" by Elliot, Ja Rule, and Tweet.—RH

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