EPMD ‘Strictly Business’ 30th Anniversary

Release date: 7th June 1988

Label: Fresh / Sleeping Bag

Producers: EPMD

Profile (courtesy of Wikipedia):

“Strictly Business is the debut album by golden age hip-hop duo EPMD. It was released on June 7, 1988, by Fresh/Sleeping Bag Records around the world and BCM Records in Germany. It peaked at No. 80 on the Billboard 200 soon after release, yet it earned an RIAA gold album certification within four months of its release. In addition, it has received much positive critical attention since its release. In 2003, the album was ranked number 459 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album is known for its lighthearted party raps and funky sample-reliant production. The album has no guest emcees or producers except DJ K La Boss. The album is broken down track-by-track by the group in Brian Coleman’s book Check the Technique.

Strictly Business peaked at No. 80 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. Of its four singles, three landed on the UK Singles Chart and two reached the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Although none of the singles reached the Billboard Hot 100, the album was able to go gold within four months of its release. Initial reviews of the album were strong: Allmusic gave the album a five star rating calling the album “simply amazing”. The Source assigned the album a 5-mike rating making it one of 43 albums to ever receive this rating. Robert Christgau also gave it an A- rating soon after its release. Strictly Business was also featured on various “best of 1988” lists. The Face ranked it as the third best album of the year, and ranked its title track as the 25th best single of the year. Sounds judged it to be the 50th best album of the year, while Spex ranked it as the 8th best.”

Additional info:

- The album comes in at #4 on Ego Trip’s Top 25 Rap Albums of 1988.

- The single ‘You Gots To Chill’ comes in at #9 on Ego Trip’s Top 40 Rap Singles of 1988.

- The track ‘You Gots To Chill’ appears on our 1988 Rap Megamix.

- Listen to samples used in the making of the album on WhoSampled.

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