Strictly Business

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All Music Guide - John Bush
EPMD's blueprint for East Coast rap wasn't startlingly different from many others in rap's golden age, but the results were simply amazing, a killer blend of good groove and laid-back flow, plus a populist sense of sampling that had heads nodding from the first listen and revealed tastes that, like Prince Paul's, tended toward AOR as much as classic soul and funk. A pair from Long Island, EPMD weren't real-life hardcore rappers -- it's hard to believe the same voice who talks of spraying a crowd on one track could be name-checking the Hardy Boys later on -- but their no-nonsense, monotoned delivery brooked no arguments. With their album debut, Strictly Business, Erick Sermon ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
EPMD's blueprint for East Coast rap wasn't startlingly different from many others in rap's golden age, but the results were simply amazing, a killer blend of good groove and laid-back flow, plus a populist sense of sampling that had heads nodding from the first listen and revealed tastes that, like Prince Paul's, tended toward AOR as much as classic soul and funk. A pair from Long Island, EPMD weren't real-life hardcore rappers -- it's hard to believe the same voice who talks of spraying a crowd on one track could be name-checking the Hardy Boys later on -- but their no-nonsense, monotoned delivery brooked no arguments. With their album debut, Strictly Business, Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith really turned rapping on its head; instead of simple lyrics delivered with a hyped, theatrical tone, they dropped the dopest rhymes as though they spoke them all the time. Their debut single, "You Gots to Chill," was a perfect example of the EPMD revolution; two obvious samples, Zapp's "More Bounce to the Ounce" and Kool & the Gang's "Jungle Boogie," doing battle over a high-rolling beat, with the fluid, collaborative raps of Sermon and Smith tying everything together with a mastery that made it all seem deceptively simple. There was really only one theme at work here -- the brilliancy of EPMD, or the worthlessness of sucker MCs -- but every note of Strictly Business proved their claims.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/1991
  • Label: Priority Records
  • UPC: 049925713541
  • Catalog Number: 57135

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Strictly Business (4:47)
  2. 2 I'm Housin' (4:01)
  3. 3 Let the Funk Flow (4:16)
  4. 4 You Gots to Chill (4:26)
  5. 5 It's My Thang (5:45)
  6. 6 You're a Customer (5:28)
  7. 7 The Steve Martin (4:44)
  8. 8 Get off the Bandwagon (4:25)
  9. 9 D.J. K la Boss (4:31)
  10. 10 Jane (2:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
EPMD Primary Artist
Technical Credits
EPMD Composer, Producer
John Poppo Engineer
Herb Powers Mastering
Erick Sermon Composer
Parrish Smith Composer
Roger Composer
Charlie Marotta Engineer
Jim Foley Engineer
Al Watts Engineer
Eric Haze Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Old School Hip-Hop Album

    Im an old school punk. And as you can see, when it comes to music, I try not to limit myself. EPMD are one of the four founders of "THE FLOW". And is a classic for any hip-hop kid that wants to know where the real stuff originated from. This would be a great buy.

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