You gots to chill ... and listen to this masterpiece (5 stars)
, January 2, 2009
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Oh yes, EPMD are all about chillin' like villains. This album is so different from most albums released in the "golden age" of rap. The music is laid-back, soulful and funky. They spit the dopest rhymes in their signature monotone flow, and make it seem like child's play. Their style was far different than anyone else's when it came to east coast rap. Everyone else delivered rhymes with such buildup and hype, while these guys turned their rhymes out as if they were talking directly to you in their everyday voice.
1988 was definitely THE year for rap and hip-hop, and this album is no exception. Tracks like "Strictly Business," "Let the Funk Flow," and "You Gots to Chill" were hip-hop anthems then, just as they are today. The latter featuring obvious samples, Zapp's "More Bounce to the Ounce" and Kool & the Gang's "Jungle Boogie," linked together with tight battle rhymes and very sweet production. There are great samples sprinkled throughout the album, including Bob Marley's "I Shot The Sheriff" on the title track.
"Strictly Business" is one of my favorite old-school rap albums, because it's so different from the norm. Their irresistible rhymes, and their free-flowing rhythm will keep your head nodding through the entire album.