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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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    '80s Hip-Hop

    '80s Hip-Hop
    9 songs

    '80s Urban Music

    '80s Urban Music
    9 songs

    Underground Hip-Hop

    Underground Hip-Hop
    2 songs

    '90s Hip-Hop

    '90s Hip-Hop
    1 song

Albums by

Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Gold Digger
  3.   You Gots to Chill
  4.   So What Cha Sayin'
  5.   Strictly Business
  6.   Crossover
  7.   The Big Payback
  8.   Rampage
  9.   Get the Bozack
  10.   Jane II
  11.   Knick Knack Patty Wack
  12.   You're a Customer
  13.   Hardcore
  14.   Symphony 2000
  15.   Let the Funk Flow
  16.   It's My Thang
  17.   Jane
  18.   Head Banger
  19.   Richter Scale
  20.   Please Listen to My Demo
  21.   Da Joint
  22.   Intrigued
  23.   You Gots 2 Chill '97
  24.   Boon Dox
  25.   It's Going Down
  26.   Underground
  27.   Check 1, 2
  28.   Symphony
  29.   Play the Next Man
  30.   Manslaughter
  31.   Funky Piano
  32.   Draw
  33.   Chill
  34.   The Steve Martin
  35.   Apollo Interlude
  36.   It's My Thing
  37.   Get Off the Bandwagon
  38.   Never Seen Before
  39.   You Had Too Much to Drink
  40.   Who Killed Jane
  41.   Total Kaos
  42.   The Truth
  43.   Rap Is Outa Control
  44.   Put On
  45.   Pioneers
  46.   Mr. Bozack
  47.   Last Man Standing
  48.   K.I.M.
  49.   Jane 5
  50.   It Wasn't Me, It Was the Fame
  51.   I'm Mad
  52.   I'm Housin'
  53.   Hold Me Down
  54.   Hit Squad Heist
  55.   Give the People
  56.   For My People
  57.   Dungeon Master
  58.   Do It Again
  59.   Cummin' at Cha
  60.   Can't Hear Nothing But the Music
  61.   Brothers on My Jock
  62.   Scratch Bring It Back (Part 2-Mic Doc)
  63.   U Can't
  64.   Serious
  65.   Yo
  66.   What You Talkin'
  67.   They Tell Me
  68.   Run It
  69.   Roc-Da-Spot
  70.   Puttin' Work In
  71.   Never Defeat 'Em
  72.   Listen Up
  73.   Left 4 Dead
  74.   Bac Stabbers
  75.   Actin' Up
  76.   U Got Shot
  77.   The Funk
  78.   The Fan
  79.   Skit
  80.   Right Now
  81.   Nobody's Safe Chump
  82.   Jane 6
  83.   Jane 3
  84.   D.J. K La Boss
  85.   Danger Zone
  86.   Get Wit This
  87.   House Party
  88.   Intro
  89.   It's Time to Party
  90.   Strictly Snappin' Necks
  91.   Who's Booty
  92.   Blow