Out of Business [Clean Lyrics]

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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,...
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Editorial Reviews

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. [Out of Business is also available in a clean version.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/1999
  • Label: Def Jam Mod Afw
  • UPC: 731455893120
  • Catalog Number: 558931
  • Sales rank: 226,785

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (2:18)
  2. 2 Pioneers (3:14)
  3. 3 Right Now (3:51)
  4. 4 Check 1, 2 (3:15)
  5. 5 Symphony (3:01)
  6. 6 Hold Me Down (3:33)
  7. 7 Rap Is Still Outta Control - Busta Rhymes (3:33)
  8. 8 The Fan (3:03)
  9. 9 Draw (3:22)
  10. 10 U Got Shot - 8-Off Agallah (3:38)
  11. 11 House Party (3:52)
  12. 12 The Funk (2:08)
  13. 13 Symphony 2000 - Lady Luck (4:03)
  14. 14 Jane 6 (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
EPMD Primary Artist
Busta Rhymes Track Performer
Method Man Track Performer
Lady Luck Track Performer
Technical Credits
Erick Sermon Producer
Parrish Smith Producer
DJ Scratch Producer
Tony Dawsey Mastering
Angel Aguilar Producer
Kevin Liles Producer
John Decatur Engineer
Jazz Young Marketing
Rich La Salvia Engineer
Dave O'Donnell Engineer
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