11 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Among the best duos in hip-hop history, EPMD (Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith) first hit the scene in 1986, coming out of Long Island with a truly original sound that fused mega-funky samples with laid-back, almost monotone rhymes. Their first two albums, Strictly Business and Unfinished Business, are certified classics, both absolutely loaded with essential hit singles, and both racing to the top of the rap charts. They released five more albums between 1990 and 2008, disbanded and reunited a few times, and helped put on several other key artists, including Redman and Das EFX. This collection includes most of their early hits ("You Gots to Chill," "The Big Payback," "So Wat Cha Sayin'," etc.), plus a small handful of later-era gems, most notably "Symphony 2000." While you could easily double this album's length, these are all exceptional joints from a legendary group. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Among the best duos in hip-hop history, EPMD (Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith) first hit the scene in 1986, coming out of Long Island with a truly original sound that fused mega-funky samples with laid-back, almost monotone rhymes. Their first two albums, Strictly Business and Unfinished Business, are certified classics, both absolutely loaded with essential hit singles, and both racing to the top of the rap charts. They released five more albums between 1990 and 2008, disbanded and reunited a few times, and helped put on several other key artists, including Redman and Das EFX. This collection includes most of their early hits ("You Gots to Chill," "The Big Payback," "So Wat Cha Sayin'," etc.), plus a small handful of later-era gems, most notably "Symphony 2000." While you could easily double this album's length, these are all exceptional joints from a legendary group. 

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