Genres: Urban
Tags: hip-hop rap old school hip hop new york Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Erick Sermon (25 November 1968, Bayshore, Long Island, New York City, New York, USA) and Parrish Smith (b. 13 May 1968, Brentwood, Long Island, New York, USA) are two rappers who did much to revitalize a flagging rap scene with an early outburst of controlled creative energy, Unfinished Business. Taking samples from rock sources such as Steve Miller, as well as underground dance music, EPMD worked up a healthy, funk-fuelled groove. Particularly effective among their early recordings was the rap manifesto on ‘So Whatcha Sayin’’. Their early struggles to attract record company interest are best observed in the 1989 single, ‘Please Listen To My Demo’, which documents their malaise. By then, however, they had recorded their first two albums. Strictly Business was distinguished by an idea for a new dance entitled ‘The Steve Martin’, while the fun continued on Unfinished Business, which in many ways sounded just like its title....

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