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Imperial Brothers – We Come To Rock

Cutting Records (US) [CR-201] 1984

South Bronx natives, The Imperial Brothers, began in the early 80’s performing at shows and park parties with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa, Doug E. Fresh, Whiz Kid, Kool Herc, etc.

Originally known as the Imperial 5, the members were Mark Ski and Mr. Ice, who were friends from their early teens, Soul Supreme Mean Gene, OG Rock and Prince Master Rhymes who was introduced by Mr. Ice. The group also had casual members such as Brother B of the B-Boys, Dizzy Dee, Too Swift & Jay Cee. Following the incarceration of Prince Master Rhymes the group became the Imperial 4, however, due to the comings and goings of the casual members a decision was made to lose the number and call themselves simply The Imperial Brothers. Together with their DJ’s Disco Dee and Doc Savage only Mark Ski aka El Don, Mr. Ice, OG Rock and Soul Supreme Mean Gene aka Chedda actually featured on any recordings. All the artists names including the DJ’s are etched into the runout groove on the B side.

The group signed a 5 year deal with brothers Aldo and Amado Marin’s Cutting Records in 1984 and released their debut track ‘We Come To Rock’ which was produced by Hashim and Aldo and engineered by Jay Burnett. ‘We Dub To Scratch’ also featured the DJ skills of Whiz Kid (RIP).

There are a couple of colour variations for this release with identical track listings, a light beige label and a darker beige label. The light beige label also includes the label address below the artist name which is omitted from the darker label. Another thing to note is that on the darker beige label the mix ‘Be Bop Scratch Mix’ is printed all upper case unlike the light beige label. This darker beige label is actually modern unofficial pressing from 2000/2001.

There is also a one-sided acetate which is identical to side A of the general release.

[Acetate info courtesy of Fab. Big thanks to El Don for the Imperial Brothers history]

One-Sided Acetate

Side A

We Come To Rock (Club Version) [6:24]
We Dub To Scratch (Be Bop Scratch Mix) (featuring Whiz Kid) [6:54]

General Release

Side A

We Come To Rock (Club Version) [6:24]
We Dub To Scratch (Be Bop Scratch Mix) (featuring Whiz Kid) [6:54]

Side B

We Come To Dub (Instrumental Dub) [7:12]

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