#451: Strictly Business by EPMD


Strictly Business by EPMD (1988)

Favorite Track(s): "Strictly Business" and "You Gots to Chill" and "The Steve Martin" and "Get Off the Bandwagon"

Thoughts: This may be hip-hop sacrilege, but I had never heard of EPMD. If you are as ignorant as I am, it might interest you to know that the group is East Coast, made up of emcees Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith (the name stands for Erick & Parrish Making Dollars), and their music is considered to be from the Golden Age of hip-hop.

Fortunately I was in the mood to listen to some rap, so I really enjoyed this album. It is classic hip-hop, and the content (at least what I paid attention to) wasn't offensive or hard to digest. Most of the samples used are fun ("Jungle Boogie" and "I Shot the Sheriff" to name a few) and the rhymes are fantastic. 'This ain't a blast from the past / it's a boomer from the future.' I mean, they have a song called "The Steve Martin." What's not to love? Highly recommended!

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