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Strictly Business

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Media Type: CD
Artist: EPMD
Street Release Date: 12/10/1990

Imagine a time in history when artists didn't have to clear any samples in their music. EPMD's 1988 debut, Strictly Business, like the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique, was recorded during the clearance-free sample heyday, and we're all a lot better off because of it. Long before Dr. Dre and Digital Underground were doling out legal cash to George Clinton and Kool and the Gang, EPMD was sampling them--and others--brilliantly on tracks like "You Gots to Chill" and "It's My Thing." (They even double-sample "Jungle Boogie," using it on both "You Gots to Chill" and "You're the Customer"--that takes some damn nerve.) The EPMD production sound gets in your pants and moves things against your will, making Strictly Business an essential time capsule from the Wild West-era of sampling. --Todd Levin

1. Strictly Business
2. I'm Housin'
3. Let The Funk Flow
4. You Gots To Chill
5. It's My Thing
6. You're A Customer
7. The Steve Martin
8. Get Off The Bandwagon
9. D.J. K La Boss
10. Jane

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Priority Records
  • ASIN: B000003B7B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mister Hip-Hop on November 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album is a gem, it has influenced so many rap groups and emcees, and also has classic tracks. Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith (PMD) are an unforgettable duo, their styles go well together because they are very similar both voice-wise and flow-wise. However, Erick is more laid-back while PMD is more of a battle rapper. Erick Sermon is also a production genius and proves it with his work on this album. The samples from various groups on this record are used frequently because at that time you didn't have to give credit for it or even royalties. There are famous tunes from Kool & The Gang and Rick James that can be heard on this record. But, unlike someone like Puff Daddy who rips off the songs of others for his own personal benefit, EPMD use the samples sparingly and don't steal the whole song. Even though there are only ten songs on this album, every single one is worth listening to. That's why this album is so good, you can just chill to it if You Gots To Chill. Rappers on both the East and West Coast were heavily influenced by this record alone. The songs are not explicit at all and are kind of innocent, showing it was a time when hip-hop was just about fun, and not about ice, being a gangsta, or the celebrity life.
The album starts out with the classic title track "Strictly Business" where both emcees tear the song up over a hard beat. An instant classic song. "I'm Housin'" is a catchy track with good scratching and once again they both tear it up. "Let The Funk Flow" is yet another classic, and it has the beat Nas ripped off for his "Nastradamus" song, both emcees sound a little laid-back on this song which is nice, and they keep it simplified.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By G-Money on January 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
EPMD, are by far the best duo or group in rap history. Their first album, "Strictly Business" is probably one of the most influencial hip hop albums in history. While the Erick & Parrish showed their innovative "laid back" style of rapping, at the same time, they became the first artist to sample, mostly of Roger & Zapp. And to this day, hip hop artists even remake or take ideas that EPMD put out on this album. For example, the Alkaholiks 1993 single "Only When I'm Drunk" sampled the whole beat of "It's My Thing", as well as Nas' 1999 single "Nastradamas" contains the same sound and beat as "Let the funk Flow". This album paved the way for such rappers as "A Tribe Called Quest", who aren't afraid to admit that their favorite artists are EPMD. Erick and Parrish were truly making dollars on this album, which went Platinum without any radio play or music videos. This album is by far the best I own.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pablo on November 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
A lot of classic albums have a difficult time withstanding the test of time. N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton" was revolutionary for its time, but does it really hold weight today? The Sugarhill Gang carried hip-hop into the mainstream, but is "Rapper's Delight" anymore than a novelty track in this century? Even masterpieces from Eric. B & Rakim can seem dated at times, not because of Rakim's vocals, which are smooth as always, but Eric B.'s production even can even be difficult to fully appreciate in today's hip-hop culture. The list goes on, and while these albums are most-definitely classics, they seem obsolete in certain aspects from a fan of modern hip-hop's perspective.

Some albums are timeless, though; Eazy-E's Eazy-Duz-It, Slick Rick's The Adventures of Slick Rick, Ultramagnetic MC's Critical Beatdown, and of course, EPMD's seminal classic, Strictly Business, is just as fresh today as it was two decades ago; perhaps even more so in the stagnant market certain areas of hip-hop today are enduring. Why does this album preserve so well in today's fickle hip-hop society?

Production which is unmatched by even some of the most-advanced producers today, and flows on par with your favorite emcee. Make no doubt about it, this is some of the dopest production you'll find on any album in hip-hop's extensive history, and it still a landmark for sampling in hip-hop music. The flows and rhymes? Far ahead of their time. Parrish has one of the smoothest flows this side of Big L and C.L. Smooth, while Erick Sermon has a thick-tongued New York accent, which is just as gruff as it is infectious. Their rhymes? Few people were kicking knowledge like EPMD back in '88; they set the precedents for emcees like GZA, Mood, and AZ who drop science in a mellow, and serene manner.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alan Pounds on May 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Oh yes, EPMD are all about chillin' like villains. This album is so different from most albums released in the "golden age" of rap. The music is laid-back, soulful and funky. They spit the dopest rhymes in their signature monotone flow, and make it seem like child's play. Their style was far different than anyone else's when it came to east coast rap. Everyone else delivered rhymes with such buildup and hype, while these guys turned their rhymes out as if they were talking directly to you in their everyday voice.

1988 was definitely THE year for rap and hip-hop, and this album is no exception. Tracks like "Strictly Business," "Let the Funk Flow," and "You Gots to Chill" were hip-hop anthems then, just as they are today. The latter featuring obvious samples, Zapp's "More Bounce to the Ounce" and Kool & the Gang's "Jungle Boogie," linked together with tight battle rhymes and very sweet production. There are great samples sprinkled throughout the album, including Bob Marley's "I Shot The Sheriff" on the title track.

"Strictly Business" is one of my favorite old-school rap albums, because it's so different from the norm. Their irresistible rhymes, and their free-flowing rhythm will keep your head nodding through the entire album.
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