Nov.25th – Erick Sermon was born in Bay Shore , New York , on this day in 1968.
Sermon who was also known as E-Double , EMD , Erick Onasis and The Green Eyed Bandit because of his eye color , first hit the hip-hop scene as one half of EPMD along with partner in rhyme Parrish Smith.
EPMD was an acronym “Erick and Parrish Makin’ Dollars”.
EPMD released their debut album called “Strictly Business” on Fresh Records in 1988 which spawned the hits “You Gots Ta Chill” , “I’m Housin’” and the title track.
Sermon would go on to release 6 more albums as one half on EPMD ; 1989’s “Unfinished Business” , 1990’s “Business As Usual” , 1992’s “Business Never Personal” , 1997’s “Back In Business” , 1999’s “Out Of Busniess” and 2008’s “We Mean Business”.
EPMD is reportedly working on a new album to be released in 2012 to be called “There’s No Business Like Show Business”.
During EPMD’s heyday they put together a clique consisting of the artists they produced like Redman , K-Solo , Das EFX , Hurricane G. and Knucklehedz.
The duo split in 1993 but reunited for good in 1997.
Sermon has released 6 solo albums starting with 1993’s “No Pressure” with 2004’s “Chill Town , New York” being the latest.
In 1996 , Sermon released “Insomnia” – The Erick Sermon Compilation which featured artists he produced like Keith Murray , Redman , Passion and Tommy Gun to name a few.
Along with Murray and Redman , Sermon formed The Def Squad and released an album in 1998 on Def Jam Records called “El Nino”. The Def Squad also had a hit during this time with a remake of The Sugar Hill Gang’s classic “Rapper’s Delight”.
The high point of Sermon’s solo career however would be the hit single “Music” from the soundtrack to the 2001 MGM film “What’s The Worst That Could Happen” as well as from his own album of the same name. The classic hit single sampled a never before heard Marvin Gaye acapella track from 1983.
Sermon also briefly appeared in the 1992 film “Juice” starring 2Pac Shakur.