'E' Sermon (born 25 November 1968, Brentwood, Long Island, New York,)
and Parrish 'P' Smith (born 13 May 1968, Brentwood, Long Island,
New York) are two rappers who wrote their own chapter in the still
unfinshed book of Hip Hop. EPMD stood for Erick And Parrish Making
Dollars. Success and empoerment was the group's theme. Taking samples
from rock music, as well as underground dance music, their music
was full of funk and uptempo energy.
their early recordings was the hit 'So Whatcha Sayin'. "Strictly
Business" and "Unfinished Business", were two great
pieces of work that not only helped bring awareness of Long Island's
potential, but cemented their place in Hip Hop history. "Unfinished
Business" included tracks with K-Solo
(Kevin Madison), who had previously worked in a pre-EPMD band with
Smith, and would go on to record a solo album for Atlantic
duo moved to DefJam for their
third album, a much more successful album with better production
and harder beats. In the midst of a political climate in Hip Hop,
EPMD never felt the need to insert politics or social philosophy
into their music. Instead, thee content of much of their work embodied
personal self-advancement and potential.
in 1997, releasing "Back In Business", their first album
in nearly five years. The duo continue to make music to this day,
and their message hasn't changed at all.