We’re a week late posting this one, but 15th December 2015 marked the 25th Anniversary of the release of EPMD’s third studio album ‘Business as Usual’. The album is the duo’s first for Def Jam following their departure from Fresh Records and displays a slightly more hardcore sound to the previous two LPs, 1989’s ‘Unfinished Business’ and 1988’s ‘Strictly Business’. It is also the last album recorded prior to a period of in fighting between Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith that would mar the recording of 1992’s ‘Business Never Personal’ and subsequent projects. The LP spawned 3 singles, ‘Gold Digger’, ‘Rampage’ (featuring LL Cool J) and ‘Give the People’. The album is also notable for featuring the debut feature from future star Redman.
The album comes in at #5 in Ego Trip’s Top 25 Rap Albums of 1990.The single ‘Gold Digger’ comes in at #6 in the year’s Top 40 Rap Singles. ‘Rampage’ features on our 1990 Rap Megamix. ‘Give the People’ and ‘Brothers on my Jock’ appear on our Classic Material 1990 Mixtape.
Stream the full album on Youtube here.
[Purchase physical copies / check release details on Discogs here]