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Out of Business [Limited Edition]
     

Out of Business [Limited Edition]

by EPMD
 

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Legendary rappers EPMD (an acronym for Erick and Parrish Making Dollars) are definitely giving us our money's worth with their sixth album, OUT OF BUSINESS. Inspired by fellow rap legend Rakim's 1997 release, THE 18TH LETTER: THE BOOK OF LIFE, this double CD is a deadly combination of highlights

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Legendary rappers EPMD (an acronym for Erick and Parrish Making Dollars) are definitely giving us our money's worth with their sixth album, OUT OF BUSINESS. Inspired by fellow rap legend Rakim's 1997 release, THE 18TH LETTER: THE BOOK OF LIFE, this double CD is a deadly combination of highlights from their classic catalogue ("You Gots to Chill," "So Wat Cha Sayin'," "Headbanger," "Crossover") and brand-spankin' new material ("Pioneers," "Check 1, 2" "Hold Me Down," "Symphony 2000") that remains in step with rap music's ever-changing times. Sounding almost rejuvenated since their well-documented 1992 breakup, Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith now operate under a new moniker, Erick and Parrish Millennium Ducats -- a clear sign that despite the title of their latest, these rap veterans are celebrating their past with an eye toward the future. Swayze.

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All Music Guide - John Bush
After the popular, praised 1997 comeback album Back in Business, Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith returned with another solid effort that proved they remained one of the best combos in hip-hop, as relevant and tight in 1999 as they were ten years earlier. Most of the tracks are in-house productions (either Sermon or Smith), a true rarity in the '90s hip-hop world, and they lend the album a continuity sorely lacking considering the legion of rap albums that feature a different producer for each track. And as the duo has done for ages, EPMD does more than just trade in familiar riffs to drive the tracks on Out of Business. The only familiar sample is on the "Intro," and even there, Sermon and Smith turn "Fanfare for Rocky" into something over and above the original. The pair's raps have definitely progressed in the past ten years, as "Pioneers," "U Got Shot," "Right Now," and "Hold Me Down" more than prove. One of the album highlights is the anti-crossover diatribe "Rap Is Still Outta Control," featuring Busta Rhymes (another rapper who's been around long enough to know) and including great lines like, "They took our music and our beat and tried to make it street/And then got in the magazine to try to sound all sweet." Still, EPMD occasionally falls prey to current trends, with obligatory string-sample productions on "Symphony" and "Symphony 2000" (the latter with Redman, Method Man, and Lady Luck) that serve only to obscure the great guest raps. Despite the title, in the liner notes EPMD dispels any rumors that this could be the duo's last album. Initial quantities of the album included a limited-edition second disc featuring greatest hits like "You Gots 2 Chill," "Strictly Business," "Rampage," "Big Payback," and more.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/1999
Label:
Fontana Def Jam
UPC:
0731453825628
catalogNumber:
538256
Rank:
99847

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Performance Credits

EPMD   Primary Artist
Redman   Track Performer
Busta Rhymes   Track Performer
LL Cool J   Track Performer
Method Man   Track Performer
Lady Luck   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Ivan Doc Rodriguez   Engineer
Erick Sermon   Producer,Executive Producer
Parrish Smith   Producer,Executive Producer
Roger   Composer
Tommy Uzzo   Engineer
Charlie Marotta   Engineer
DJ Scratch   Producer
Dave Greenberg   Engineer
Angel Aguilar   Producer
Kevin Liles   Executive Producer
Bozack   Producer
John Decatur   Engineer

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