Business as Usual (EPMD album)

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Business as Usual
Studio album by EPMD
Released December 15, 1990
Recorded 1989-1990
Genre Hip Hop
Length 51:18
Label Def Jam/RAL/Columbia
Producer EPMD, DJ Scratch
EPMD chronology
Unfinished Business
(1989)
Business as Usual
(1990)
Business Never Personal
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly A[1]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars link
RapReviews 10/10 stars link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]

Business as Usual is the third album from Hip Hop duo EPMD, and their first on leading rap label Def Jam as a result of being signed over (along with Nice & Smooth) from their former label, Fresh Records. This album was also the first release by Def Jam as an imprint under its new Rush Associated Labels subsidiary, which allowed founder Russell Simmons more control and more ownership over its material, as the masters for proper Def Jam releases at that time were primarily owned by Sony Music's Columbia Records. Business as Usual was not as acclaimed as their first two albums, but was not considered to be a failure either. One notable aspect here was the debut of future Hip Hop star Redman, who appears on the tracks "Hardcore" and "Brothers on My Jock". Three singles were released from the album, "Gold Digger", "Rampage (Slow Down, Baby)" featuring LL Cool J and "Give the People". In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on May 7, 1991.

Promotional t-shirt for the group's Business as Usual album

Track listing[edit]

All songs produced by EPMD, except where noted.

# Title Performer (s) Length
1 "I'm Mad" Erick Sermon, Parrish Smith 3:41
2 "Hardcore" Erick Sermon, Parrish Smith, Redman 4:31
3 "Rampage" Erick Sermon, Parrish Smith, L.L. Cool J 3:51
4 "Manslaughter" Erick Sermon, Parrish Smith 4:38
5 "Jane 3" Erick Sermon, Parrish Smith 2:36
6 "For My People" Erick Sermon, Parrish Smith 3:03
7 "Mr. Bozack" Erick Sermon, Parrish Smith 2:45
8 "Gold Digger" Erick Sermon, Parrish Smith 5:11
9 "Give the People" Erick Sermon, Parrish Smith 3:36
10 "Rap Is Outta Control" Erick Sermon, Parrish Smith 3:09
11 "Brothers on My Jock" Erick Sermon, Parrish Smith, Redman 4:07
12 "Underground" Erick Sermon, Parrish Smith 3:30
13 "Hit Squad Heist" Parrish Smith 3:34
14 "Funky Piano" (Produced by DJ Scratch) Erick Sermon, Parrish Smith 4:26

Samples[edit]

Album Chart Positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1990 Business as Usual #36 #1

Singles Chart Positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1990 "Gold Digger" #14 #1 #24
1991 "Rampage" #30 #2 -
1991 "Give the People" - #28 -

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