Erick Onasis

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Erick Onasis
Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis.jpg
Studio album by Erick Onasis
Released June 27, 2000
Genre Hip hop, East Coast hip hop
Length 47:09
Label DreamWorks
Producer Bernard Alexander (exec.), Erick Sermon (exec.), DJ Scratch, Redman
Erick Onasis chronology
Double or Nothing
Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis
Singles from Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis
  1. "Focus"
    Released: 2000
  2. "Get Da Money"
    Released: 2000
  3. "Why Not"
    Released: April 25, 2000

Erick Onasis is the third studio album from American hip hop artist Erick Sermon (under the moniker Erick Onasis), released June 27, 2000 on DreamWorks Records.

The album peaked at number fifty-three on the Billboard 200 chart and is notable for the recording debut of rapper Rick Ross who went by his original name Teflon Da Don.[1]

Album title significance[edit]

In regards to the album's title, it was also an alias that Sermon briefly adopted at the time for this particular album. In regards to the meaning, he stated:

"The name is something I came up with when I was watching the [coverage of the] death of JFK Jr. They [were] talking about him and his family and his mom came up, and then Aristotle came up. Then I read something on him, about four or five pages. And it was interesting to me, about how he was, how spiritual he was, how he was just coming up in the game until he mastered his field and became who he became. So I took that name."[2]

Another reason for the album's title was due to contractual issues stemming from Sermon's previous label Def Jam Recordings.[3] Because of the issue, Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis was promoted as a compilation album, despite Sermon's appearance and production on most of the songs.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]

The album peaked at fifty-three on the U.S. Billboard 200 and reached the fifteenth spot on the R&B Albums chart.[5]

M.F. DiBella of Allmusic gave the album a fairly positive review, stating "while musically this album drives along in basically one gear, overall the ride is pretty smooth and enjoyable.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Length
1. "Talk to Me (Intro)" Sermon 1:41
2. "I Do 'Em" Sermon, Spivey 2:23
3. "Don't Get Gassed" Ridennhour, Boxley, Sadler, Sermon 2:41
4. "Why Not" (featuring Slick Rick) Sermon, Walters 3:00
5. "Live It Up (Interlude)" (featuring Redman and Khari) Noble, Santiago, Sermon 2:40
6. "Hostility" (featuring Redman and Keith Murray) Crudup, Murray, Noble, Sermon 2:52
7. "Mastering with E (Skit)" Gist, Sermon 0:28
8. "So Sweet" (featuring Eazy-E) Diamond, Yauch, Horowitz, Rubin, Sermon, Wright 3:17
9. "Focus" (featuring DJ Quik and Xzibit) Blake, Joiner, Sermon, Troutman, Troutman 4:25
10. "Feel Me Baby" (featuring Khari and Sy Scott) Santiago, Scott, Sermon 3:16
11. "Can't Stop" (featuring Dave Hollister and Peter Moore) Hollister, Moore, Sermon 4:05
12. "Get Da Money" (featuring Ja Rule) Atkins, Sermon 3:38
13. "Ain't SHHH to Discuss" (featuring Noah and Rick Ross) Crudup, Jones, Roberts, Sermon, Stephenson 3:36
14. "Sermon [Speech]" Sermon 0:56
15. "Vangundy" (featuring Big Kim, Billy Billions, Boe & Ruck, Nolan Epps, PMD, and Sy Scott) Crudup, Dixon, Epps, Scott, Sermon, Sermon, Sherman, Smith, Warren 4:51
16. "Fat Gold Chain" (featuring Too Short) Sermon, Shaw 3:20

Chart history[edit]


Chart (2000)[5] Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 53
U.S. R&B Albums 15


Year Single Peak chart positions[6]
U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks U.S. Hot Rap Singles
2000 "Focus" 63
"Get Da Money" 48
"Why Not" 89

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Information taken from Allmusic.[7]

  • composing – Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
  • engineering – Troy Hightower, Tommy Uzzo
  • executive production – Bernard Alexander, Erick Sermon
  • mixing – Troy Hightower, Erick Sermon, Tommy Uzzo
  • performer(s) – DJ Quik, Erick Onasis, Dave Hollister, Ja Rule, Keith Murray, Slick Rick, Teflon Da Don
  • photography – Jonathan Mannion
  • production – DJ Scratch, Redman, Erick Sermon
  • project coordination – Chris Tricarico


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