EPMD

Strictly Business / Strictly Business (Instr.)

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Few groups arrive as fully formed as EPMD did. This dropped as the third single from the album of the same name, and further cemented their distinctive aesthetic: Slow rhyming, trading lines rather than the rappers being confined to their own verses, and backings that were ruthlessly funky and simple at the same time. They’d go on to be labelmates with Public Enemy when Def Jam picked up their contract in 1990, and to compare and contrast the two is illuminating. While PE at that time were making waves with the Bomb Squad’s breathless, kitchen sink approach to production, EPMD were equally adored for taking the opposite approach. Here, there’s a sprinkle of drums from Kool & The Gang’s oft-sampled ‘Jungle Boogie’, paired with a very recognisable portion of Eric Clapton’s ‘I Shot the Sheriff’. And that’s pretty much it – the two samples are linked, looped and left to their own devices. Such was Erick and Parrish’s confidence in their own rhyming ability and strong voices, no further embellishment was needed. That confidence extends to the subject matter. While their debut album and later projects were heavy with concepts – the ‘Jane’ series – and notable guest verses, this was the third straight single of pure brag rap. Two MC’s, one beat, a whole heap of lyrics about how good they were. It’s something you can’t do unless you truly are special, and this duo most certainly were. Paired with the classic instrumental version, which didn’t make it to the US 7” releases – it’s only on a hard-to-track-down French 7” pressing from 1989 – this this is a timely reminder of how breathtakingly perfect hip-hop can be.

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Genre

HipHop

Release Date

30.11.2021

Cat No

MRB7199

Tracklist

Track 1
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Track 2
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HipHop
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7"
EPMD
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You Gots To Chill / Let The Funk Flow Mr Bongo
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7"
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You Gots To Chill / Let The Funk Flow Mr Bongo
HipHop
7"
EPMD
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I'm Housin'/ I?m Housin? (Instrumental) Mr Bongo
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HipHop / Rap
7"
EPMD
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I'm Housin'/ I?m Housin? (Instrumental) Mr Bongo
HipHop
7"
EPMD
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It's My Thing / You're A Customer Mr Bongo
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HipHop / Rap
7"
EPMD
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It's My Thing / You're A Customer Mr Bongo
HipHop
7"
EPMD
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The Big Payback / So Wat Cha Sayin? Mr Bongo
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HipHop / Rap
7"
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The Big Payback / So Wat Cha Sayin? Mr Bongo
HipHop Classics
2-LP + mp3
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Back In Business Def Jam
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HipHop / Rap
2-LP + mp3
EPMD
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Back In Business Def Jam
HipHop
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7"
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So Watcha Sayin’ / You Gots To Chill Know How
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HipHop / Rap
7"
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So Watcha Sayin’ / You Gots To Chill Know How
Soul
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7"
Suprise Chef / Minoru Muraoka
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The Positive And The Negative Mr Bongo
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Funk/Soul
7"
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Suprise Chef / Minoru Muraoka
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The Positive And The Negative Mr Bongo
Brazil
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LP
Azymuth
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Aguia Nao Come Mosca Mr Bongo
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Latin America
LP
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Azymuth
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Aguia Nao Come Mosca Mr Bongo
Brazil
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LP
Nico Gomez
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Soul Of Samba Mr Bongo
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Latin America
LP
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Nico Gomez
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Soul Of Samba Mr Bongo
HipHop
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7"
EPMD
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You Gots To Chill / Let The Funk Flow Mr Bongo
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7"
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EPMD
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You Gots To Chill / Let The Funk Flow Mr Bongo
World
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LP
Kit Sebastian
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Melodi Mr Bongo
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World
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Kit Sebastian
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Melodi Mr Bongo
House
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12"
Surprise Chef
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Masters At Work & Harvey Sutherland Rmxs Mr Bongo
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House
12"
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Surprise Chef
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Masters At Work & Harvey Sutherland Rmxs Mr Bongo