As a long time EPMD fan, I was ready for this solo album. Sure, the break up of my favorite rap group hurt like hell…still…I was like a basehead switching dealers… “What your sh*t feel like?” Needless to say I was a little disappointed. It wasn’t the same “high”. Production wise? This album was hot, and the lead single was what had me foaming at the mouth with anticipation. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit. Never the less, this was a classic record for me. Even if it was based on unbelievable hype. This week’s Re-Release was Erick Sermon’s “Stay Real“. Watch him go hard on the “Evander Holyfield” boxing game from Sega Genesis. Lol!
“When EPMD finally unravelled after months of rumors and internal turmoil, Erick Sermon wasted no time grabbing the mike. He’s quite obsessed with proving he can cut it alone, although his self-titled debut didn’t move far from EPMD‘s trademarks: fat, crunching basslines, neatly inserted samples lifted mainly from Zapp, tight vocal edits, and Sermon‘s mush-mouthed, deadpan raps. His targets included condoms, sexual warfare, hip-hop groupies, and would-be rap challengers. While this contains the obligatory “bitches” and “niggas” references, there’s not as much gun worship as you might expect. No Pressure is as much, if not more, EPMD‘s final release as Erick Sermon‘s debut.” – Allmusic.com