EPMD "Strictly Business" CD

EPMD "Strictly Business" CD

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The 1980's gave birth to a series of rap groups whose names would be forever etched in the hip-hop hall of fame: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, The Treacherous Three, Run-D.M.C., De La Soul, Public Enemy, and the Beastie Boys. These are a few of the many recalled fondly by hip-hop fans and also acknowledged by critics as directly responsible for laying the foundations of hip-hop's success in the 1990's and beyond. There's one name that never seems to get it's due though; one group that quietly went gold on four straight albums simply by being about their "Business."

Erick and Parrish Making Dollars. Not a very profound name for a group, but when you shorten it to EPMD it rolls off the tongue like water on a duck's back. Simple, yet incredibly fresh. Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith only cared about one thing - making the raps to make your hands clap, fingers snap and toes tap. Two brothers from Brentwood, Long Island who were dead serious about making you bust a move. Hardcore, but not cartoonishly gangster. Clever, but not obscenely complicated. Smooth, but still rugged enough for all the b-boys while fly enough to pull the honeys. The group itself was something of a contradiction - Parrish Smith a.k.a. PMD often called himself "MC Slow Flow" yet Erick Sermon a.k.a. E Double E was often the same tempo or a step slower. In fact, given the latter's lisp, it was almost impossible to imagine him at a breakneck pace. Like his contemporary Kool G. Rap, it was equally impossible to imagine him being as dope WITHOUT it. The way he spoke left you hanging on every word, and partner P balanced E's thick-tongues deep throated flow with a mellow baritone that mixed their raps like vanilla and chocolate.

Of course, no great artist or group can make an impact without a great introduction. "Strictly Business" may have implied their hip-hop work ethic, but the album could have fallen on deaf ears without a great single to expose them to a jaded New York rap audience, and subsequently the world. With "It's My Thing," EPMD found their niche. The sound of the helicopters flying in at the beginning of the track says it all - EPMD's on attack and dropping in without notice. E and P both came to bust some serious verbals. rapreviews.com -- by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Track Listing:
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

Type: Music

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