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Coolin at a party, no, better yet, disco
Head feelin' mellow from a bottle of cisco
Move...(beat)... To crush and fry a sucker MC like Crisco — "I'm Housin'"

EPMD (Erick & Parrish Making Dollars) is a hip-hop duo from Brentwood, NY, that reached the peak of their fame in the late Eighties and early Nineties. The two are known for their laid-back style of rapping — provided by Erick "E-Double" Sermon's tenor and Parrish "PMD (Microphone Doctor)" Smith's baritone — which contrasted well with the louder, more hyper-sounding rap acts of the time. There have been a couple of breakups through the years, but EPMD are still active as of lately.



  • Strictly Business (1988)
  • Unfinished Business (1989)
  • Business As Usual (1991)
  • Business Never Personal (1992)
  • Back In Business (1997)
  • Out Of Business (1999)
  • We Mean Business (2008)note 

Tropes all up in their business:

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Best personified in "You Gots To Chill":
    Never have to act ill, but if I have to, I kill / So believe me, boy... you gots to chill.
  • Boastful Rap: Many examples.
  • Catch-Phrase Spouting Duo: They do incorporate a lot of pop culture references in their rhymes.
  • "Crossover": From Business Never Personal. They're against it.
  • Dance Sensation: "The Steve Martin".
  • "Gold Digger": Found on their Business As Usual album; a rap about the evils of women who date and marry guys just to get as much money and gifts from them as possible.
  • The Golden Age of Hip Hop
  • Advertisement:
  • I Call Him "Mister Happy": "Mr. Bozack", depicting a conversation between a man and his STD-ridden genitalia.
  • One-Woman Song: The "Jane" series.
  • Recurring Character: Some girl named Jane. Every EPMD album has a track with "Jane" in the title.
  • Sampling: Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" for "Strictly Business."
    • Zapp's "More Bounce to the Ounce" for "You Gots to Chill
  • Sequel Song: "You Gots To Chill '97", from Back In Business. (Followed up "You Gots To Chill" from Strictly Business.)
  • Serious Business: It's in their album titles, after all.
  • Song Style Shift: "Scratch Bring It Back Part 2 (Mic Doc)" - PMD stops the beat in the middle of the track, and tells the DJ to put something different on. He then proceeds to make an altogether different-sounding rap.
  • STD Immunity: Averted on "Mr. Bozack".
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: "Jane 3" is about a hard-up gangsta named Jay. Once the rappers visit Jay's place, though, they find out more about "him"...
    • And then "Jane 6" goes in the opposite direction.
  • Visual Pun: The entire video for "You Gots To Chill", which was shot inside an ice-cube packaging facility along with stock footage of old refrigerators.
  • Word Sequel: There's "Jane", "Jane 2", "Jane 3", ...and then "Who Killed Jane".
    • Followed by "Jane 5", "Jane 6"... and then, just "Jane" for We Mean Business.