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We Mean Business
     

We Mean Business

by EPMD
 
Nine years after they went Out of Business, veteran hip-hop duo EPMD (Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith) return with a new album, and you'd think it was only nine months. Save the appearance of young buck Skyzoo plus some street slang that's very 2008, We Mean Business is right

Overview

Nine years after they went Out of Business, veteran hip-hop duo EPMD (Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith) return with a new album, and you'd think it was only nine months. Save the appearance of young buck Skyzoo plus some street slang that's very 2008, We Mean Business is right in line with the cold, hard, and funky sound of EPMD in the '90s. Considering the time off, the loyal fan base, and the simple addictiveness of the crew's music, this is hardly a bad thing and -- just like the fans like it -- almost all the productions come from in-house, with Sermon handling twice the amount of tracks headed by Smith. The few guest producers include 9th Wonder, who contributes to the Skyzoo feature "Left 4 Dead," plus DJ Honda, who puts an infectious spy guitar riff underneath the great "Never Defeat 'Em" with Method Man. The old vocoder and golden age scratching from DJ 4our 5ive make the crooked "Roc-Da-Spot" the big throwback track but it's the following "Blow" that really shines, with its tightly cut loops and classic bravado boasts like "You a queen with drama/Don't make me get mad and Barack O-Bomb-Ya." As far as guest rappers, old friends like Teddy Riley, Keith Murray, Redman, Havoc, plus an especially on fire KRS-One are here, making this album short on new developments but greatly appealing to those who long for the way it used to be.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2008
Label:
Ep Records
UPC:
0094922111043
catalogNumber:
1

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Performance Credits

EPMD   Primary Artist
Tatted-Up Jah   Vocals
DJ E-V   scratching
DJ 4our 5ive   scratching

Technical Credits

KRS-One   Composer
Reggie Noble   Composer
Teddy Riley   Composer
Erick Sermon   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Parrish Smith   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Method Man   Composer
Keith Murray   Composer
Raekwon   Composer
DJ Honda   Audio Production
Havoc   Composer
Tyrone Fyfee   Producer,Audio Production
Tre'   Composer
JFK   Audio Production
9th Wonder   Audio Production
Skyzoo   Composer
Marco Berto   Producer
Vic D   Composer

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