Behind EPMD’s “Strictly Business”

Allhiphop.com’s got a great behind-the-LP piece up with Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith talking about everything that went into making their 1988 LP, Strictly Business.

My personal favorite nugget:

“It’s My Thing”

Produced By EPMD

Erick Sermon: This is an ill story too. We had the beat looped up from the break beat and we had the rhymes for the song written down. This is how we learned to make a chorus. Our label heard it and called in two guys called Special K and Teddy Ted. So K and Ted came to Long Island and listened to the record and took the break beat and added the drum roll.

Then they added the horns to end the chorus. When we had the beat we had the Lyla (“You Out There?”); but we didn’t have the ending of the chorus. That’s where I first learned to make a chorus by watching them put the chorus in that song.

Parish Smith: That was a normal Hip-Hop track from like the Bronx that they always played at the T Connection. That always got it when the MC’s got up; it was the “7 Minutes Of Funk.” That was always on all of the tapes so when it got time to record it was that.

I just remember Erick Sermon, years ago (this was probably the 90s), saying that people who heard Jay-Z’s “Ain’t No Ni**a” didn’t know that EPMD had flipped that track first. Check out the rest of the article for more great stuff about different samples they used, and how they were looping samples on tape. Pretty interesting read.

  • jonathan

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  • mr.martin

    Jonathan is slowly becoming a legend in the comments section

  • http://haterplayer.blogspot.com/ fakerthanfake

    jonathan aside, good lookin on the article. sounds dope already

  • baz

    I opened my issue of MacCleans today to find a quote by none other then Byron Crawford. Basically the Canadian Time magazine, I found it really funny that in between articles on the war in Afghanistan and the 60th anniversary of the founding of Israel there was ‘xxl columnist’ Byron Crawford talking about buying tony the tiger jackets with a social assistance debit card.

  • hotbox

    nice article, but why does the first epmd joint get all the props? they have at least 2 other albums that are hotter

  • POLO DIZ

    hotbox says:

    nice article, but why does the first epmd joint get all the props? they have at least 2 other albums that are hotter

    ITS THIER FIRST ALBUM U CRASH DUMMY…

  • P-Matik

    LOL

    co-sign Polo Diz