EPMD: Back In Business!

Hit the street again with these double vinyl reissues of influential hip-hop legends' first two classic albums, Strictly Business and Unfinished Business

EPMD - Hit the street again with the double vinyl reissues of 'Strictly Business' and 'Unfinished Business' available now

EPMD: Back In Business!

Hailing from Brentwood, New York and armed with a vibrantly original sonic vision, the pioneering duo of Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith, collectively known as EPMD, arrived on the hip-hop scene in the late 1980s and quickly became an influential force in that heady era.

UMe honors EPMD’s contributions to the art of hip-hop with new two-LP vinyl reissues of the duo’s first two seminal albums, 1988’s Strictly Business and 1989’s Unfinished Business. These classic albums have been unavailable on vinyl for decades, and these reissues mark their long-awaited return to the format in which fans first came to know them. Both albums have also been released in colored-vinyl editions that are available exclusively from the online retailer Urban Legends.

Strictly Business stood out from most of the competition with its funk-flavored, sample-heavy sound, which instantly established EPMD as an influential force in the genre. For instance, the album’s title track made prominent use of samples from Eric Clapton’s “I Shot the Sheriff,” while the classic hit “You Gots to Chill” was one of the first of many to use ’80s funk combo Zapp’s “More Bounce to the Ounce,” which soon became an enduring hip-hop sample source. “You’re A Customer” combines pieces of Steve Miller’s “Fly Like an Eagle,” Kool and the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie” and the bass line from ZZ Top’s “Cheap Sunglasses.” The humorous “Jane,” about an ill-fated romantic rendezvous, would inspire no less than five sequels on subsequent albums.

Unfinished Business finds EPMD (short for “Erick and Parrish Making Dollars”) honing its grooves while sharpening its lyrical attack on such standout tracks as “So Wat Cha Sayin’,” “Total Kaos,” “Get the Bozack,” “the cautionary “You Had Too Much to Drink” and the self-explanatory “Please Listen to My Demo.”

Erick and Parrish would continue to expand their creative horizons on future albums, firmly establishing EPMD as one of hip-hop’s most reliable creative forces. To many fans, though, these early albums represent the duo’s finest work and retain their freshness three decades after their creation.

Strictly Business (2LP)  

Unfinished Business (2LP)

A1 – Strictly Business      

A1 So Wat Cha Sayin’  

A2 – Because I’m Housin’

A2 Total Kaos     

A3 – So Let The Funk Flow

A3 Get The Bozack        

B1 – You Gots To Chill      

B1 Jane II   

B2 – It’s My Thing              

B2 Please Listen To My Demo  

C1 – You’re A Customer 

B3 It’s Time 2 Party    

C2 – The Steve Martin     

B4 Who’s Booty 

D1 – Get Off The Bandwagon     

C1 The Big Payback  

D2 – D.J. K La Boss            

C2 Strictly Snappin’ Necks 

D3 – Jane

C3 Knick Knack Patty Wack

D1 You Had Too Much To Drink  

D2 It Wasn’t Me, It Was The Fame