Reppin’ Long Island, Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith, AKA E-Double and the PMD, rocked the scene hard as the boombastic duo EPMD. Their debut, 1988’s Strictly Business, established the duo as legitimate rap juggernauts, placing them in good company with other iconic crews of the era such as Public Enemy, N.W.A., De La Soul, and Eric B. & Rakim.
Full of braggadocio, swagger, and a pure ‘we-just-don’t-give-a-flying-fuck’-mentality, Strictly Business, is a badass album. Sonically it’s airtight, heavy on the funk samples and a cut above most acts of the day in terms of production techniques. Lyrically, Erick and Parrish simply got no love for whack-ass emcees, and spend each and every song on the record bragging about how much better they are them and you. And guess what? From the first second you start listening to them, you’re inclined to agree.
This is the first song on the album, and right here, E and P waste no time getting to work. It’s all rap, no bullshit, and they completely fuck your head up with that fearsome and utterly fantastic rolling guitar lick and kickass scratches. Simply put, this is brilliant.
Originally posted on my old Tumblr blog, Emaciated Wildebeest, on November 17, 2010.
But WAIT, it’s 2015 and I’ve got more to say about this one!
1988 was a magical year for hip-hop, introducing a new school of artists who pushed the burgeoning genre to new heights, and EPMD were among the elite. On release Strictly Business made a lot of rap which came before it sound dated by comparison (there’s a reason why the group took the photo in the studio around all the computers and soundboards!), and this record still sounds fresh and energized nearly three decades later. The group still remains one of the dopest duos to ever grace our favorite genre.