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EPMD

On the surface, the sample-reliant productions and monotone rapping styles of Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith had little to recommend them, but the duo's recordings as EPMD were among the best in hip-hop's underground during the late '80s and early '90s. Over the course of four albums (from the 1988 classic Strictly Business to 1992's Business Never Personal), the group rarely varied from two themes: dissing sucker MCs and recounting sexual exploits. A closer look, however, revealed that the duo's rhymes were nothing less than incredible, simply undervalued due to their lack of intonation during delivery. EPMD also had a feel for a good groove, and created numerous hip-hop classics, including "It's My Thing," "You Gots to Chill," "Get the Bozack," "Strictly Business," and "Rampage."

Though EPMD's hardcore style influenced the urban-oriented gangsta '90s, Erick Sermon (aka E Double E; b. Nov. 25, 1968) and Parrish Smith (aka Pee MD; b. May 13, 1968) were both raised in the Long Island suburb of Brentwood. They moved into rap separately, with Smith DJing for Rock Squad on a single for the Tommy Boy label. After coming together in 1987 -- at which time they named themselves EPMD, short for "Erick and Parrish Making Dollars" -- they recorded their debut, "It's My Thing," in three hours. The single was later licensed to Chrysalis, and EPMD signed to Sleeping Bag/Fresh Records for the debut album Strictly Business. Propelled by several strong singles (including "You Gots to Chill" and the title track), the album eventually went gold, as did 1989's follow-up, Unfinished Business. Signed to Def Jam by the beginning of the '90s, EPMD returned in 1990 with Business as Usual and Business Never Personal two years later.

By 1992, they presided over an extended family dubbed the Hit Squad, including Redman, K-Solo, and Das EFX. The duo split later that year, however, prompting solo careers for each member; Sermon debuted in 1993 with No Pressure, and Smith made his statement on 1994's Shade Business. The duo then re-formed EPMD in 1997, recording a strong comeback LP named Back in Business. Out of Business followed in 1999, but the rappers continued pursuing their own projects through the late '90s and early 2000s. Both released solo albums, and Sermon partnered with Redman and Keith Murray as part of the Def Squad supergroup. Nevertheless, they also found time to continue performing together as EPMD, and 2008 saw them returning to the studio for We Mean Business. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: We Mean Business (Explicit)

1. Puttin' Work In

2. What You Talkin'

3. Roc-Da-Spot

4. Blow

5. Run It

6. Yo

7. Listen Up

8. Bac Stabbers

9. Never Defeat Em

10. Jane

11. Left 4 Dead

12. They Tell Me

13. Actin' Up

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Track List: Out Of Business

1. Intro

2. Pioneers

3. Right Now

4. Check 1, 2

5. Symphony

6. Hold Me Down

7. Rap Is Still Out Of Control

8. The Fan

9. Draw

10. U Got Shot

11. House Party

12. The Funk

13. Symphony 2000

14. Jane 6

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Track List: Back In Business (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. Richter Scale

3. Da Joint

4. Never Seen Before

5. Skit

6. Intrigued

7. Last Man Standing

8. Get Wit This

9. Do It Again

10. Apollo Interlude

11. You Gots 2 Chill '97

12. Put On

13. K.I.M.

14. Dungeon Master

15. Jane 5

16. Never Seen Before (Remix)

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Track List: Business As Usual (Explicit)

1. I'm Mad

2. Hardcore

3. Rampage

4. Manslaughter

5. Jane 3

6. For My People

7. Mr. Bozack

8. Gold Digger

9. Give The People

10. Rap Is Outta Control

11. Brothers On My Jock

12. Underground

13. Hit Squad Heist

14. Funky Piano

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Track List: Unfinished Business

1. So Wat Cha Sayin'

2. Total Kaos

3. Get The Bozack

4. Jane II

5. Please Listen To My Demo

6. It's Time To Party

7. Who's Booty

8. The Big Payback

9. Strictly Snappin' Necks

10. Knick Knack Patty Wack

11. You Had Too Much To Drink

12. It Wasn't Me, It Was The Fame

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Track List: Strictly Business

1. Strictly Business

2. I'm Housin'

3. Let The Funk Flow

4. You Gots To Chill

5. It's My Thing

6. You're A Customer

7. The Steve Martin

8. Get Off The Bandwagon

9. D.J. K La Boss

10. Jane

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So smooth
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I'm Eric Sermon... And I'm Parish Smith......❤
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G
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'Sum say im def the ol school say im the joint!!' ALWAYS luv that line...
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Take a stroll listen to rock n roll......
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YOU GOT'S 2CHILL!!!!
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If you tired then go take a nap
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One of the best groups
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High school days..the best!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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One of the best groups ever
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easr , west these mofos just one the best ! so just leave it to rest they can snap a necks , they collect the checks ! and thery are my neighbors i grew up not to far from them on long island.
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West coast typa beat
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Remember when they broke up and the world seemed like it was coming to an end? They're that great!!!
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Old school gold
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I love epmd, as well as the other real hip hop artist from the 80's. This is when hip hop was hip hop���������
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EPMD...now this is real hip-hop.
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Love EPMD, but how did they influence urban-orient e d gangsta, whatever John Bush meant by that. Some of these people writing the bios don't have a clue sometimes
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You a customer
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My jam still
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Let's get down to business-EPM D
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Not Personal just Business-EPM D
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Bizzy doin Business-EPM D , T h e r e next CD.
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There needs to be a CD w the top old school mcs and today's top mcs and let the Mic skills speak for them selves!! Bet the old schoolers would kill these watered down so called "MC's"!!!! WHAT???
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flappo10
Holding it down in the 201 back in the late 80s and 90s.
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Kraazeec@gma i l . c o m .... or the charmderry@g m a i l . c o m this is a hot station
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I love me some old school ... it's kraazeec good. . Lol
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ka702os
Jane!
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Pure RIDE AND CHEEF music! Just let this RIDE......
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Them good days
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This that real s**t!!! Old school 4life!!
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Ya it does
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This s**t goes as hard today as it did years ago!
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pandora is slippin'
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Business Never Personal aint on here? Psh.
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Don't read this because it actually works.you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your love.tomorro w will be the best day of your life.however if you don't post this to at least 5 songs in the 143 minutes the worts day of your life will be tomorrow.whe n your done press f6 in the comment section,your lovers name will come in big letters.This is scary because it actually works
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Use to bummp this track loud on the block..213 Area..CaliL0 v e . . .
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Heard this track back at the homie ditched party..Jr. High dayz babyy..yesss i r ! ! ! CaliLove..21 3 Area...Surf0 l i f e . . . # E p M d # C r U z z I n D a y z # L o w r i d i n g 0 n T h e B l v d # U g 0 t # T h E # C H i l l S
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New school rappers wish they could handle the 80s rappers
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Str8 up classic I don't smoke crack I smoke MC'S
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88 best yr for hip hop
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Im 40 she 8
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I was rappin this song lol y my only neice said dang auntie u no this u can rap
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Real hiphop f**k this bubble gum Drake Bullshit . Couldn't cypher for one minute with Eric sermon
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Best duo
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When rapper's could really rap, and you could understand every word. Today's music is complete garbage.
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Eric an parish makin dollas they was too cool in juice lol
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Skill
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johngoode79
Real Hiphop at it's best,tag team u young cats check the chemistry the style the flow the delivery listen and learn hound your craft
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Need Crossover !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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Back in my day
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