Today In Hip-Hop: EPMD Releases Second Album “Unfinished Business”

On this day, April 1st, in hip-hop history…

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1989: EPMD release their sophomore album Unfinished Business. Following the success of their debut effort Strictly Business in 1988, Erick and Parrish Making Dollars quickly returned to the studio to hammer out their follow-up. Bypassing the “sophomore slump” curse, Unfinished Business was a critical and commercial success, selling 500,000 copies despite only charting one single “So What Cha Sayin.”

Unfinished Business proved to be EPMD’s final album with label Fresh/Sleeping Bag Records, which folded in 1991. Initially signed to Sleep Bag Records by A&R and electro-funk pioneer Kurtis Matronik, EPMD would later join Def Jam, where they released four albums as a group. Priority/EMI would go on to re-release Unfinished Business in 1991 before Sleeping Bag’s discography was sold to Warlock Records.