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The films that influenced the slang of Imperious Ent; Top 5

Colloquial language is ONE element of Imperious Ent but what is largely unknown is what influences this speech. Along with environment, the world of media has sculpted how we talk.

Here is a rundown of five influential films in no particular order

Imperious Entertainment provide unique insight and perspective on all aspects of culture.  We are grateful to the reader in sharing our vision.  In order to fully assume the role of special co-commentators of the culture, Imperious Entertainment wish to publish posts that are “introspective” in nature.  This allows our readers to get into the minds of Jeks and Rams – as they should.  Before diving into the slang, background will be provided in order for it to make sense.  Without further ado let us break down the top 5 influential picks in this particular category.

#1 “Doing a Billy’s Moms” – Scream 2

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Debbie Loomis captured in her typical bulgy eyed pose

The background to this slang is particularly important so if you may, allow me to set the scene.

In the first installment of the “Scream” series the mastermind killer was Billy Loomis who was the boyfriend of the main actress Sidney Prescott.  Billy met his demise when Sidney was able to overturn the tables and shoot the brainwashed teen.  Fast-forward to “Scream 2” and it was a case of deja-vu for our heroine Sidney as a further spree of killings took place around her.  The mastermind killer was Debbie Loomis, the mother of fallen psycho Billy.  The motive – REVENGE.

Keeping up? …

Studying the picture will instantly draw you to the bulging eyes of Debbie, a somewhat crazed individual.  In the hood when you are checking out the opposite sex you can use the phrase “clocked him/her.”  This is acceptable.  Not to sound like we have delusions of grandeur but Imperious Ent always do things on a bigger stage.  Instead of saying “clocked” we use the more penetrative description of “she was doing a Billy’s Moms.”

Hopefully, the above has not been lost in translation.

#2 “Ayo let me get an extra water B” – Paid In Full


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Rico and Mitch in Paid In Full

Cult classic.  There is no way you can be from London and ‘of the culture’ and not having seen this film. Cam’Ron’s character was Rico, which was meant to be based on former Harlem kingpin Alpo (Snitch). Mitch’s character played by Mekhi Phifer was based on Rich Porter, another Harlem OG in the streets.  They formed two-thirds of the ‘holy trinity’ who were making a killing back in the Reagan era of the 1980’s.

Rico, ever the opportunist, introduced himself to Mitch after holding it down during a physical altercation. His motive for showing this generosity was the imminent fortune Mitch was due to be in receipt of upon release from prison. Whilst in the lunch queue Rico stole the show by dropping the now infamous “Ayo let me get an extra water B” to the catering staff.  Rico managed to bring a great deal of humour to the world of hustling.  Numerous shopkeepers in our travels have been asked this same question – if only they knew its origins.

 #3 “That’s the discipline” – Heat 

De Niro and Pacino in the same movie was bound to emit powerful quotations.  In the 1995 crime classic, De Niro and Pacino share one scene.  There is a mutual respect between the two characters, each on the other side of the line between good and bad.  Pacino who plays the Detective is trying to get into the mind of the serial thief De Niro.  De Niro comes across as extremely vacant coming out with the amazing “grease gun” quotes that are so effervescent with any of his crime related characters.

Take a break and enjoy the scene…

It may be pretty vacant but the quote “That is the discipline” has applied to many of our actions in life. Without incriminating ourselves in any shape or form the featured quote has prevented any notion of jittery knees in our movement.

#4 “Open up your pretty brown eyes” – Save the Last Dance

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Sara (belly top), Derek (black sweater) and Chanel (coat) in Save The Last Dance

Dance classic.  Save the Last Dance depicted a ghetto romance story with a twist due to the lovers differing ethnicity. Sara was the Caucasian girl who transferred to the “predominantly” African-American school and fell for the potential medic, Derek.  You would have thought this was pre-civil rights the way this union bothered people.  An aside Derek’s sister Chanel was happy to give her blessings at first but born out of frustration she dropped a classic quote to Sara in the health clinic.

“Open up your pretty brown eyes.”  This was aimed at Sara by Chanel in order for her to stop living in a bubble and accept the harsh realities of the world through another person’s lens.

Here at Imperious Ent we have often had to tell people to open up their pretty brown eyes (ALLEGEDLY).  This may come as a surprise to the recipient but in a way it is a back-handed compliment. (Yeah, I’m reaching – it’s a pisstake).

#5 “You think you’re big time?” – Carlito’s Way

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Carlito Brigante in a jam

Carlito’s Way was a classic starring the incomparable Al Pacino.  Carlito played by Al reluctantly accompanied his rookie nephew to a spot to make a ‘collection.’  What ensued was the nephew being finessed out of some dope and perishing at the hands of some fellow hustlers.  Carlito managed to hold it down and got off some shots before finding the safe haven of the bathroom.  He mimicked the sound of reloading the weapon – although he was out of bullets.  He improvised and screamed “You think you’re big time?”

Here at Imperious Ent we have definitely had to shut down some artists in our past who thought they were bigger than the label.  Okay, I’ll stop shining light to the shenanigans but I can distinctly remember in my earlier corporate days shutting down a co-worker by asking her whether she thought she was big time.

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