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We Mean Business [Explicit Lyrics]

EPMD, OddiseeAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 9, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: EP Records
  • ASIN: B001H7F5NC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

5. RUN IT featuring KRS ONE
6. YO featuring REDMAN
10. JANE
11. LEFT 4 DEAD featuring SKYZOO
13. ACTIN' UP featuring VIC D. and TRE

Editorial Reviews

They are rap's first great duo, one that excelled as rappers and producers. They are among the most-sampled rap acts of all time, their tunes having been mined by Jay-Z, DMX, 2Pac and Tha Alkaholiks, among many others. They introduced funk-styled production to rap, paving the way for Dr. Dre's The Chronic. And even though their own rap skill was immense, they are also the best talent scouts in rap history, introducing the likes of Redman, Das EFX and Keith Murray. Then they broke up and reunited to rave reviews. The group is EPMD, undisputed legends in the rap game.

Now, after more than 20 years in the game, EPMD returns with We Mean Business, their first album on their own EP Records and their seventh overall. The new collection is a testament to their Business plan.

"All of our albums have Business in the title," Smith explains. "Now that we're in a new era and the game is changed, we realize that it's different from when we handed in a CD to our first label to being at Def Jam. Erick and I created our own vehicle to be able to drop this album. That's how we came with the title We Mean Business, because we do."

EPMD updates its classic sound and sentiment on "Listen Up," a funk-drenched song complete with a talk box and featuring the one and only Mr. Teddy Riley. Recognizing EPMD's status as pioneers, Sermon acknowledges how important his lyrics are: "Can't talk ignorant/I got some intelligent folks that's digging it."

Those same folks will be digging We Mean Business song "Roc Da Spot," a throwback of sorts to "You Gots To Chill," one of 1988's most acclaimed rap singles. "The beat had that EPMD sound, as far as the claps," Sermon says. "It had a familiarity to it because of the sound and, 20 years later, we've still got that funk coming."

"It's very important for us to stay us," Smith adds. "People want to hear and see EPMD." That's because We Mean Business isn't just an album title for EPMD. It's a mindstate.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still in business December 10, 2008
Format:Audio CD
EPMD is a classic duo that has been rapping and creating good music for decades. Their latest release is nothing short of a very good release. The album does start a little slow. I liked raekwon's verse on PUTTIN IN WORK, but the song as a whole just didn't work for me. Same thing for WHAT YOU TALKING. The song didn't work for me and i am really not a big fan of Mobb Deep anymore. After that, the album bangs from track 3 to track 13! Awesome appearances by KRS-One, Method Man, Redman, and Keith Murray. Skyzoo's lame a$$ even had a decent verse in my opinion.. The production is dope and EPMD laid some good bars to go along with the beats. I would have to say it is neck and neck between RUN IT FT KRS and YO ft REDMAN as my favorites on the album. Highly recommended for new and old EPMD fans.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Handlin' Business {3 ˝ Stars} December 9, 2008
Format:Audio CD
EPMD hit the scene in 1988 with the classic Strictly Business and went on to craft a strong catalog. They wound up breaking up for a long time and there were folks like myself that thought they'd never get back together. Well, after several reunion attempts and a small hiatus, they return 20 years after their debut with an album that, by 2008 standards, is nothing short of solid material. "Blow" brings an energy that most vets in the game as long as Erick and Parrish couldn't recapture if they tried. "Run It" features a dope, dope verse from KRS-One [Side Note: I just love how KRS continues to bring heat lyrically after almost 30 years of doin' this. "Run It" showcases him over the type of production that he needs and is sorely lacking on his own albums, but that's another story...] Keith Murray shows up and drops a vintage verse that exhibits the style that had cats holdin' their head back in '95/'96. That was probably the biggest surprise for this listener. There are many other dope tracks, but these were by far the highlights for me.

Despite the lovely rhymes and funky production, a few lame ducks manage to make their way onto the album. Erick & Parrish stumble out of the gate with flat tracks like "Puttin' Work In" and "What You Talkin'". They probably should've been left on the cutting room floor since they were so hum drum and lacked a great deal of energy...and "Left 4 Dead" features a solid 9th Wonder beat that Skyzoo almost rendered lame with a wack verse. Outside of that, the album flows from track to track with no problem.

We Mean Business is a solid release from the veteran L.I. duo.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars EPMD - We Mean Business - 3.75 stars December 30, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The beats are generally pretty good, while others are excellent. The lyrics are pretty hot as well. This is a good effort, and if you're a fan of Eric, Parish and EPMD, then I think you will be satisfied with this CD.

Some highlights from the CD include:
What You Talkin - Eric drops more names than an episode of Entertainment Tonight. Beats tight.
Roc-Da-Spot - An old school feel with a fresh and relevant beat. Eric and Parish shine lyrically on this track.
Blow - Good lyrics, good beat. But when "One Mississippi, Two Mississippi, Three Mississippi..." is your chorus, you need to spend a few more hours in the recording studio looking for a new hook.
Run It - Is that Poor Righteous Teachers I here in the piano sample? Good jam.
Yo - Features Redman. `Nuff said!
Listen Up - The reason I bought the album. Eric's lyrics were OK, Parish was very good. The beat is arguably the best EPMD beat ever. Period.
Jane - I've always hated Jane songs. They felt cheep. But I gotta say this one is the most serious and well constructed of the bunch. Best of all, it incorporates elements of the predecessors.

I find it amusing that the early East Coast pioneers EPMD would drop so many names in their latest CD. The first track has at least three references toWu-Tang Clan; then again, they did feature Raekwon in that song...

I've always considered Eric my favorite as a kid (who didn't?), but Parish is clearly the hungrier of the two on this CD, and he really changed my mind on him. Good CD.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give Em The Business December 10, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I've been waiting on this one since "BACK IN BUSINESS". EPMD is and has always been one of REAL hip-hop's best. If I had to rate hip-hop duo's since the beginning it would have to be RUN-DMC, EPMD and OUTKAST (in that order) The album is a breath of fresh air for hip-hop. Once I heard "BLOW" in knew the album would be vintage EPMD. With guest artists like KRS-ONE (Legend), REDMAN (Funk Doc) and KEITH MURRAY (Wordsmith), the formula stayed the same which in this case is a good thing. If it ain't broke don't fix it. If your a fan of ERICK and PARRISH or a fan of TRUE hip-hop, you won't be disappointed. Congrats on the new EP Record Label too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Over 20 years in the game December 13, 2008
Format:Audio CD
How many rappers have been around 20 years and still make quality stuff you can maybe name 3-4 of them well add EPMD to your list as always they come correct in this cd and I enjoyed it from start to end. Keep making good music and you will be supported as always.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still "Puttin' Work In" 20 years later April 4, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I've long held EPMD in high esteem as one of hip hop's most essential if not uncelebrated acts, pioneering numerous sounds and conventions in the rap world over their careers spanning back to their groundbreaking 1988 debut Strictly Business. Over the course of two decades, the boys from Brentwood established an unblemished discography of strong LPs, solid solo careers, legitimate rap crews, and untold imitators of their rugged East Coast approach between a few breakups and side projects. Although their last album was 1999's Out of Business, rumors of a subsequent effort date back to 2003 but never materialized until late 2008. Longtime fans counted down to the release date, but the lack of fanfare around their latest release is sadly indicative of their status in the rap game over the last few years: not quite revered as the legends their careers have warranted yet struggling to maintain consistent mainstream success.

"We Mean Business" gives no nods to the cosmic, soulful sound of Erick Sermon's infamous Def Squad heyday or of PMD's grimy Hit Squad sound. In fact, judging solely by "We Mean Business," these eras might never have occurred. This LP picks up where any previous EPMD album left off with a sturdy, upbeat funk. The 13-track, 41-minute effort finds the duo sounding rejuvenated and hungry, exhibiting their famous chemistry with hardcore lyrics, clever references, and inimitable style over great beats. Sermon produces all but one song, mirroring recent work on Redman and Keith Murray LPs, and he and Parrish sound as angry and rough as ever. A list of very impressive guests adds another element of fun.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars EPMD hasn't lost it... edgy, funny, entertaining, thought provoking,...
OMG! I'm a big EPMD fan... didn't even know they released an album in 2008. This album is a solid-solid effort, with great features and the classic EPMD edge.
Published 3 months ago by NOC
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen this is how we do
Here's a simple review: All rap artists who have followed the path of Hip hop artists like Nikki Minaj and Lil Wayne, that is rappers who lack the creative ability to spit lyrics... Read more
Published 20 months ago by W. LEE
5.0 out of 5 stars vintage hip-hop at its best! ! !
this most recent and newest album from the together again original twosome is classic EPMD music. there is nothing fake or frontin' about this group. Read more
Published on September 5, 2009 by T. Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
What else can you say tha dynamic duo is back and thank goodness. But you would never no because the radio industry will not let us hear this classic. Read more
Published on February 11, 2009 by Cory Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to have them back, 3 1/2 stars
Some of my favorite rap songs growing up were by EPMD, and I was intrigued to hear they were coming out with a new album, their first in about 10 years. Read more
Published on January 13, 2009 by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Still In Business?
Erick And Parish Makin's been this way since 1987, again more "golden age" emcees making a comeback of sorts to help out this hip-hop game for '09.. Read more
Published on January 8, 2009 by D. Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to check it out
I went to tha store today and of course this album wasn't true music in tha stores....i heard some samples and it sounds hot..... Read more
Published on January 3, 2009 by So Super Big
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars from one of rap's great groups
It was half their lifetimes ago when the Long Island rap duo broke into the hip-hop scene, now 20 years later they return with their first album in 9 years. Read more
Published on December 30, 2008 by G$
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good - Classic EPMD sound and quality
A really good album, with only a few bad songs. Classic EPMD, delivering both good music AND quality. Much better than their last cd. Highly recommened!
Published on December 22, 2008 by BigFatBlackLady
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