Friday, February 17, 2012

Strictly Business - EPMD



Strictly Business: U.S.D.A. Edition
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.
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.


# Title Performer(s) Sample(s) Time
1 "Strictly Business" EPMD
"Jungle Boogie" by Kool & the Gang
"I Shot the Sheriff" by Eric Clapton
"Long Red" by Mountain
"It's My Thing" by EPMD
4:47
2 "I'm Housin" EPMD
"Rock Steady" by Aretha Franklin
"It's My Thing" by EPMD
4:01
3 "Let the Funk Flow" EPMD
"Nobody Knows You (When You're Down and Out)" by Otis Redding
"(It's Not the Express) It's the J.B.'s Monaurail" by the J.B.'s
"Slow & Low" by Beastie Boys
4:16
4 "You Gots to Chill" EPMD
"Jungle Boogie" by Kool & the Gang
"More Bounce to the Ounce" by Zapp
"I Can't Stop" by John Davis and The Monster Orchestra
"Catch A Groove" by Juice
"Strictly Business" by EPMD
4:26
5 "It's My Thing" EPMD
"Different Strokes" by Syl Johnson
"Seven Minutes of Funk" by Tyrone Thomas and the Whole Darn Family
"It's My Thing" by Marva Whitney
"Long Red" by Mountain
"The Wall" by Pink Floyd
5:45
6 "You're a Customer" EPMD
"Jungle Boogie" by Kool & the Gang
"Fly Like an Eagle" by Steve Miller Band
"Cheap Sunglasses" by ZZ Top (interpolation)
5:28
7 "The Steve Martin" EPMD
"Let Me Come on Home" by Otis Redding
"Pee-Wee's Dance" by Joeski Love
4:44
8 "Get Off the Bandwagon" EPMD
"Fly Like an Eagle" by Steve Miller Band
4:25
9 "D.J. K La Boss" DJ K La Boss (Scratches)
"Daisy Lady" by 7th Wonder
"The Mood" by Kashif
"Thriller" by Michael Jackson and Vincent Price
"Take the Money and Run" by Steve Miller Band
"Cuttin' It Up" by L.T.D.
4:31
10 "Jane" EPMD
"Mary Jane" by Rick James
"Papa Was Too (Live)" by Joe Tex
2:59

Erick Sermon – rapper, producer, writer
Parish Smith – rapper, producer, writer
DJ K La Boss – DJ (scratching)
Jim Foley – engineer
Charlie Marotta – engineer
John Poppo – engineer
Al Watts – engineer
Gordon Davies – assistant engineer
Rich Rahner – assistant engineer
Herb Powers Jr. – mastering engineer
Janette Beckman – photographer
Eric Haze – artist (cover art)
Susan Huyser – designer (album artwork)

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