Today In Hip-Hop: EPMD Releases ‘Business As Usual’

On this day, December 15, in hip-hop history... 1990: After back to back successful albums with Strictly Business (1988) and Unfinished Business (1989), Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith bring their talents over to Def Jam as the results of being signed over from Fresh Record. Mastering their hardcore funk sample-heavy production style, the duo continues the quest to destroy sucker MCs by releasing Business As Usual in December 1990. Business As Usual finds the Brentwood, Long Island duo continuing their forte of thick samples and quality braggadocious rhymes. We get the first introduction to future hip-hop superstar Redman on gritty, funk-filled street raps like "Hardcore" and "Brothers On My Jock." "Funky Piano" shows off DJ Scratch's scratching and cutting ...

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