No Pressure

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No Pressure
Studio album by Erick Sermon
Released October 19, 1993
Recorded 1992-1993
Genre Hip hop, East Coast hip hop
Length 54:23
Label Def Jam
Producer Erick Sermon (also exec.), Colin Wolfe
Erick Sermon chronology
No Pressure
Double or Nothing
(1995)Double or Nothing1995
Singles from No Pressure
  1. "Hittin' Switches"
    Released: May 4, 1993
  2. "Stay Real"
    Released: September 7, 1993

No Pressure is the solo debut studio album from American hip hop artist Erick Sermon, released in October 19, 1993 on Def Jam Recordings.

The album peaked at number sixteen on the Billboard 200 chart.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[2]

The album peaked at sixteen on the U.S. Billboard 200 and reached the second spot on the R&B Albums chart.[4]

Ron Wynn of Allmusic noted the album's aesthetic being the same as when Sermon was still in EPMD; "fat, crunching basslines, neatly inserted samples lifted mainly from Zapp, tight vocal edits, and Sermon's mush-mouthed, deadpan raps." Wynn ended his review stating that "No Pressure is as much, if not more, EPMD's final release as Erick Sermon's debut."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  • All tracks produced by Erick Sermon, except track 17 produced by Brent Trucker
1."Intro" 0:34
2."Payback II" (feat. Joe Sinistr) 3:58
3."Stay Real"Sermon, Troutman, Troutman3:55
4."Imma Gitz Mine" 3:31
5."Hostile" (feat. Keith Murray) 3:38
6."Do It Up" 4:00
7."Safe Sex"Brown, Sermon, Starks, Troutman, Troutman, Wesley3:43
8."Hittin' Switches" 3:55
9."Intro" 0:10
10."Erick Sermon"Hall, Myers, Sermon, Williams3:18
11."The Hype"Brockert, Brockert, McGrier, Sermon4:04
12."Lil Crazy" (feat. Shadz of Lingo) 4:23
13."The Ill Shit" (feat. Kam and Ice Cube)Sermon, Troutman3:25
14."Swing It Over Here" (feat. Keith Murray and Redman) 2:53
15."Interview" 1:24
16."All in the Mind" (feat. Soup) 3:37
17."Female Species (Bonus track)" 3:55

Chart history[edit]


Chart (1993)[4] Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 16
U.S. R&B Albums 2


Year Single Peak chart positions[5]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks U.S. Hot Rap Singles
1993 "Hittin' Switches" 20 14
"Stay Real" 92 2 52 1

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Information taken from Allmusic.[6]

  • arranging – Jeffrey Stewart
  • engineering – Mike Calderon, David Greenberg, George Pappas, Gary Platt, Darin Prindle
  • executive production – Erick Sermon
  • mastering – Tony Dawsey
  • mixing – George Pappas
  • photography – Danny Clinch
  • production – Erick Sermon, Colin Wolfe
  • vocals – Derrick Culbreath, Ice Cube, Kam, Debra Killings, Keith Murray, Redman, Shadz of Lingo, Jeffrey Stewart


  1. ^ a b Wynn, Ron. "allmusic ((( No Pressure > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  2. ^ Bernard, James (1993-10-15). "No Pressure – Music –". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  3. ^ Jost, Matt (2010-05-18). "Erick Sermon :: No Pressure :: Def Jam/Rush Associated Labels". Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  4. ^ a b "allmusic ((( No Pressure > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  5. ^ "allmusic ((( No Pressure > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  6. ^ "allmusic ((( No Pressure > Credits )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 

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