EPMD Unisex T-Shirt

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EPMD Unisex T-Shirt

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Finally, a way to show your respect for some of the greatest icons, legends and pioneers that paved the way past and present. Rock this gear in style and bring back the moments that made you, memories they gave you and/or lessons they taught you. Scroll down for a history lesson with some of our favorite clips.

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  • 4.2 oz., 100% airlume combed and ringspun cotton
  • retail fit
  • unisex sizing
  • shoulder taping
  • side-seamed
  • pre-shrunk
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USEPMD

EPMD is an American hip hop duo from BrentwoodNew York. The duo’s name is a concatenation of the members’ names “E” and “PMD” or an acronym for “Erick and Parrish Making Dollars“, referencing its members: emcees Erick Sermon (“E” a.k.a. E Double) and Parrish Smith (“PMD” a.k.a. Parrish Mic Doc). During an interview on college radio station WHOV in 1987, Parrish Smith stated that the name evolved from the original: “We were originally known as “EEPMD” (Easy Erick and Parrish the Microphone Doctor), but chose to go with EPMD because it was easier to say.” He also stated that they dropped the two “E’s” because N.W.A.’s Eric Wright was already using “Eazy-E” as his stage name. The group has been active for 35 years (minus two breakups in 1992 and 1999), and is one of the most prominent acts in east coast hip hop. The word “business” is used in every title of the group’s albums. Every album also has a track with “Jane” in the title.

EPMD – So Whatcha Saying (Official Video)

Early years and mainstream success: 1987–92

Hailing from BrentwoodLong Island, New York, EPMD’s first albumStrictly Business, appeared in 1988 and featured the underground hit “Strictly Business,” which sampled Eric Clapton‘s version of Bob Marley‘s “I Shot the Sheriff.” Many critics cite this first album as the group’s most influential.[citation needed] The group’s brand of funk-fueled sample-heavy hip-hop proved to be a major force in the genre. Unlike old school hip hop, which was originally based on disco hits but eventually became more electronic, EPMD based its music mainly on lifting funk and rock breaks for samples and helped to popularize their usage, along with Marley Marl and Public Enemy. “You’re a Customer” combined snippets of Steve Miller‘s “Fly Like an Eagle,” Kool & the Gang‘s “Jungle Boogie, the bass line from ZZ Top‘s “Cheap Sunglasses” and drum beat (Roger Linn LM-2 machine). “Jane,” about a romantic rendezvous gone bad, would be revisited on no less than five sequels; a first for hip-hop. “You Gots to Chill” used 1980s funk band Zapp‘s “More Bounce to the Ounce,” which has become one of the most enduring sample sources for hip-hop. EPMD later appeared on the single “Everybody (Get Up)” by Zapp frontman Roger Troutman on his last solo album, Bridging The Gap, in 1991. “I’m Housin'” was covered some 12 years later by Rage Against the Machine. Managed early on by Russell Simmons‘ RUSH Management, the group toured with such hip-hop luminaries as Run-DMCPublic Enemy, and DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince.

EPMD signed with Fresh/Sleeping Bag Records, which eventually released its debut album, Strictly Business, by electro funk pioneer Kurtis Mantronik, who also worked as an A&R representative for the label. Propelled by several strong singles (“You Gots to Chill” and the album’s title track), the album was eventually certified gold, selling over 500,000 copies, as did 1989’s follow-up, Unfinished Business. Financial frustrations followed when Sleeping Bag went under in 1992. The two EPMD albums and Nice & Smooth‘s debut album were acquired by Priority/EMI Records before the label was sold to Warlock Records. The duo’s Sleeping Bag contract was acquired by Def Jam. EPMD returned in 1990 with Business As Usual and Business Never Personal two years later. By 1992, the group presided over an extended family dubbed the Hit Squad, which included RedmanK-SoloDas EFXHurricane G, and Knucklehedz.

 

In 1992, EPMD had a hit with its song “Crossover,” which lamented rappers making blatant concessions to pop sensibilities in order to get mainstream attention from music audiences. The song became a hit, peaking at No. 42 on the Billboard Hot 100 and in doing so becoming their biggest hit to date.

EPMD – You Gots To Chill (Official Video)

 

EPMD – Strictly Business

 

EPMD – You Gots To Chill

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UNISEX FIT & SIZE CHART

SIZEFITS CHESTLENGTH
XS34"27"
S36"28"
M40"29"
L44"30"
XL48"31"
2X52"32"
3X56"33"
4X62"34"
5x66"35"

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