EPMD - Strictly Business
One of the names most commonly associated with Def Jam’s early heyday, EPMD swept the nation with their no-joke approach. Though producer/emcee Erick Sermon was largely dependent on obvious samples, he and his partner Parrish Smith were an original duo worthy of consideration at every turn. With singles such as “It’s My Thing” and “You Gots To Chill,” old school parties were turned out with critics also giving rave reviews. Strictly Business went gold within months, placing EPMD amongst New York’s first rap superstars.