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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.
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 9 months ago by NOC
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 morePublished on February 9, 2013 by W. LEE
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 morePublished on September 5, 2009 by T. Coleman
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 morePublished on February 11, 2009 by Cory Adams
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 morePublished on January 13, 2009 by Chris
Erick And Parish Makin Dollars=EPMD...it'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 morePublished on January 8, 2009 by D. Powell
I went to tha store today and of course this album wasn't there...no true music in tha stores....i heard some samples and it sounds hot..... Read morePublished on January 3, 2009 by So Super Big
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 morePublished on December 30, 2008 by G$