Imperial Brothers

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 of We Come To Rock.
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).
As of 2007, El Don and Chedda reunited and were making tracks appearing on Smack dvd and New york mixtapes. They were reportedly working on a comeback album with Bad Habit Muzik a label based in France.

Singles & EPs

Imperial Brothers - We Come To Rock album art Imperial Brothers We Come To Rock Cutting Records US 1984 Sell This Version
Imperial Brothers - Live It Up album art Imperial Brothers Live It Up Cutting Records US 1985 Sell This Version


BH009 Imperial Brothers - Breathe (Strange Rollers Remix) album art Imperial Brothers Breathe (Strange Rollers Remix)(File, MP3, 320) Bad Habit Muzik BH009 UK 2012
BH021 Imperial Brothers - Choon (100Me Remix) album art Imperial Brothers Choon (100Me Remix)(File, MP3, 320) Bad Habit Muzik BH021 UK 2014

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