News: EPMD Bring Heat To Hawaii W/ Performance Tonight

Friday, Feb 6, 2009 1:49PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Iconic rap duo EPMD (Erick Parish Making Dollars) have partnered with MySpace Music to perform and promote their new album We Mean Business in Hawaii.

The showcase will kick-off Friday (February 6) night.

MySpace Music is proud to announce EPMD will be performing a free show for their MySpace Music friends at the Pipeline Cafe in Honolulu, HI tonight. The free show will be hosted by Yoyo of VH-1's "Miss Rap Supreme" and powered by Dig Lifestyles. Admittance for the 21 and over show will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis with 200 slots available for fans who bring a printout of their MySpace profile displaying the group in their top selection of friends. (MV Remix)

Parish has described his excitement for tonight's performance.

"I'm doin' real good and this is something me and Erick wanted to do for a long time," Parish said. "It's great to be put in position to do live shows again...We've been rockin' ever since we got back together in '97...The world's constantly changin', but we've returned to our game." (Star Bulletin)

Despite the duo's hip-hop contributions, their latest project failed to push big numbers upon its release last December.

If We Mean Business is the first you've heard of the Long Island duo's latest iteration of grown-man business, you've got company. The record didn't even land inside the Billboard 200. Still, We Mean Business is a surprisingly enjoyable reminder of the potency of a group often overshadowed by their more name-dropped contemporaries. (Pitch Fork Media)

EPMD have made over two decades of rap music.

On the surface, the sample-reliant productions and monotone rapping styles of Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith had little to recommend them, but the duo's recordings as EPMD were among the best in hip-hop's underground during the late '80s and early '90s. Over the course of four albums (from the 1988 classic Strictly Business to 1992's Business Never Personal), the group rarely varied from two themes: dissing sucker MCs and recounting sexual exploits. (All Music)

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