News: Erick Sermon Airs Out VH1's Lack Of Recognition For EPMD

Wednesday, Oct 14, 2009 4:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

EPMD's Erick Sermon has described his issues with VH1 for being a renowned hip-hop pioneer and not yet being formally invited to the network's annual Hip-Hop Honors showcase.

While not mentioning specific names, Sermon also pointed out the network's lack of recognition for EPMD's accomplishments in the rap game.

"I have yet to be officially invited to the VH1 Hip Hop Honors," he wrote in a blog posting. "Yes, I know many of you are sitting there with your mouths open and a cloud with a question mark over your heads wondering how such an incredible oversight like this could ever happen, 5 years in a row. Although I say that with a pompous amount of sarcasm I still believe that EPMD is synonymous with Hip Hop- am I alone on this? Yet the two times we've been included in this occasion, which is supposed to honor those who have made great contributions to Hip Hop culture, it has been at the request of other artists or by some strange turn of events. This year, I spoke with a VH1 producer from the show who told me that he 'found a spot for me.' At the time, this remark didn't bother me that much because it was buffered with the rundown of all the great people involved and a rumor that I had said I didn't want to be a part of the festivities. Of course no executives contacted me directly to establish if this were true or not- so they took me off the original schedule because of this so-called "rumor" they heard. But that's beside the point." (All Hip Hop)

EPMD, with over two decades of music to their names, joined forces with Def Jam in the early 1990's.

EPMD signed to Sleeping Bag/Fresh Records for the debut album Strictly Business. Propelled by several strong singles (including "You Gots to Chill" and the title track), the album eventually went gold, as did 1989's follow-up, Unfinished Business. Signed to Def Jam by the beginning of the '90s, EPMD returned in 1990 with Business as Usual and Business Never Personal two years later. (All Music)

The VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009 ceremony also reunited Ja Rule and DMX.

"Hip hop honors was a historic night despite the little mishap wit my sound," Rule wrote via Twitter last month. "and NO nobody walked out on my set me & x made up good night!!!" (Ja Rule's Twitter)

The show was highlighted with multiple performances.

The 2009 VH1 Hip Hop Honors took place last night and many of the hip hop world's biggest stars gathered at the event, to celebrate someone being recognized as a "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" inductee. But this year, the event apparently broke new ground by honoring Def Jam Records as a whole. There were some great performances at the televised event, by acts such as Rick Ross, Eminem, Public Enemy, The Roots, Gym Class Heroes, Foxy Brown, Mary J. Blige, Method Man, Ludacris, Ghostface, Trey Songz and many, many more. (In Entertainment)

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