Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
After dropping 1988's classic debut album, Strictly Business, doubters and playa-haters wondered whether the legendary duo of Erick "E-Double" Sermon and Parrish "PMD" Smith had anything left for a follow-up. Striking back... more »
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After dropping 1988's classic debut album, Strictly Business, doubters and playa-haters wondered whether the legendary duo of Erick "E-Double" Sermon and Parrish "PMD" Smith had anything left for a follow-up. Striking back with 1989's excellent Unfinished Business, EPMD avoided the sophomore jinx by sticking closely to their winning, bass-heavy formula. Booming "jeep-beat" production and severely laid-back drawls highlighted their career, and the formula was perfected on "So Wat Cha Sayin'" and "The Big Payback." Departing temporarily from their upbeat vibe, the duo got serious on "Jane II" and the autobiographical "Please Listen to My Demo." With an easily recognizable clutch of samples, the duo's forte was definitely in rocking parties and making heads nod. Though they tried a little too hard with uncharacteristically soft cuts such as "It's Time 2 Party" and "You Had Too Much to Drink," Unfinished Business is still a great example of hip-hop mastery that could rock dance floors, ghetto blasters, and the suburbs alike. --Hua Hsu
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My personal favorite EPMD album, 2nd classic in a row!
The Specialist | Parts Unknown | 06/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Green Eyed Bandit and Mic Doc come with the old adage - "If it ain't broke don't fix it". Saying That, Erick's beats are slightly different from Strickly Business' James Brown and Roger samples. Unfinished is more 1989 than SB. Parrish Smith once again is the secret weapon and knockout punch with his wordplay, following in the footsteps of "DMC". My absolute favorite track on here is "Fame". My favorite line on Fame is:
" My father always told me to wise up son, because if you hang out with 9 broke friends you're bound to be the tenth one. So I cut friends off and P went for self, me & Erick Sermon and no one else. Strictly writing def lyrics to my best ability with the crazy imagination as my only utility. Cause MC's around my way brag how def they are, but they work full-time and sharing their mom's car."
Wise words indeed, those words inspired me then and still inspires me to get that paper and follow my own path. Thank Parrish!"
Truly my all-time fav. rap group eva (4.5 stars)
Henry Cooper | Atlanta, GA | 06/08/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"From "So Whatcha Sayin", to "Knick Knack Patty Wack", "The Big Payback", among others. This still remains a classic follow-up since their first debut titled STRICTLY BUSINESS. EPMD were the best rap group in hip-hop history period. I luv them since I was a little kid and I'm still a fan to them no matter what.
If u're into Public Enemy, Big Daddy Kane, Eric B. and Rakim, Gang Starr, Kool Moe Dee, Young MC, Tone Loc, The Sugarhill Gang, etc. you gotta have this. This sure is a kickout!
Make My Funk The P-Funk!
Alex Goldberg | Brooklyn, NY | 09/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is simply amazing.
Even though almost every song is made by sampling p-funk, each one is unique and not a single one is skip-able. The bass loops are heavy and are splashed with other funky elements, it's a beautiful blend.
Both E double and Pmd spit in this crazy nonchalant, almost sleepy manner but it works very well. E's voice is very unique...he can make a very simple line sound complex.
"Please listen to my demo" has the best beat on the album. It's a slowed down p-funk type loop which totally reflects the mood of the song, kind of somber and almost sad. The song is about their initial trouble getting their name out.
I'd give the album 6 stars if I could."