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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, Rovi
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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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Love me some EPMD back in my Let's Go Pandora
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Great memories listening to this
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Cad its faxz
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Eric & Parish Making Dollars!
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i'll take old skool over new skool anyday. Real Hip-Hop will never die!!!!
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I Love it
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I am so thankful I Am from this era! The real rap music!
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williambaine s j r
Best rap grouo
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Dayuum ... My Jam ��������
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Just make a comeback that's all I have to say!!!!!
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ON SOME REAL S#/T Y'ALL NEED TO GET BACK TOGETHER :-) :-) :-) AND THAT'S COMING FROM THE HEART EPMD WAS HARD TO F#!K WITH @#/+?#;)$&!
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Erick you got alot of skllls dont quit give us more
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E DOUBLE = PUNCHLINE PRINCE
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PARRISH SMITH = UNDERRATED
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Old school!!!! EPMD with Roger Trotman (sampling)!! ! You Got To Chill!!!
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That's that shittt.
That's that shittt.
Feel that BEAT & BASE LINE...
Ayeee. So whatcha Sayin!!!
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Tell em Amario81
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Real Rappers!!!
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ERICK PARRISH MILLENNIUM DUCATS
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My favorite rap group!!!
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Diggum snacks!
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Soundcloud.c o m / j o h n - b a s e m e n t got dat real hiphop!
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kaliabriggs2 0 1 2
One of the best duo's ever
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Do I hear real hiphop?! Nice
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kaliabriggs2 0 1 2
U a customer
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Nas took this beat for nastradamus! ! ! Proven that this is classic s**t!!
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The ill est of all that ills eons u a f**kin customer
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It of the old testament to the first time u )ear
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real music
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NO CROSSOVER EVER!!!!!!!
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