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With 1997’s Back In Business, EPMD returned to the rap scene after a five- year hiatus. The duo was well positioned to make a comeback, since the loose, bass-heavy style they pioneered in 1988 had provided the foundation for the ‘90s wave of New York stars that included Nas, Notorious B.I.G. and Redman. Back In Business proved that Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith still had juice. Admittedly, the album falters when they try to imitate their younger competition —“Put On” attempts Mobb Deep, “Dungeon Master” Wu-Tang, “K.I.M.” the Fugees. Thankfully, the majority of the album is distinctly EPMD. “Richter Scale,” “Intrigued” and “Do It Again” are hard-hitting singalongs, and all three songs certify EPMD’s undying expertise when it comes to a catchy hook. The fact that Sermon and Parrish were by this point dividing production credits pointed to internal fractures in the group, but that doesn’t make “Never Seen Before,” “Last Man Standing” and “Get Wit This” any less essential. The songs present the kind of off-kilter funk that could only come from the creative consciousness of EPMD.

Customer Reviews


EPMD got back together in 97 and released this shish, cop it.

da joint!!

this albums great listen to da joint the best song on the album epmd keeps it real. they r just a great duo

Great album by EPMD

Richter scale and Da Joint definetly highlight this album, but it is their best album of the 90s.


Formed: 1987 in Long Island, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

On the surface, the sample-reliant productions and monotone rapping styles of Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith had little to recommend them, but the duo's recordings as EPMD were among the best in hip-hop's underground during the late '80s and early '90s. Over the course of four albums (from the 1988 classic Strictly Business to 1992's Business Never Personal), the group rarely varied from two themes: dissing sucker MCs and recounting sexual exploits. A closer look, however, revealed that the duo's...
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