500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

EPMD, 'Strictly Business'
453/500

453. EPMD, 'Strictly Business'

Priority, 1988

In the summer of '88, Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith, a.k.a. EPMD (Erick and Parrish Making Dollars), rolled out of Long Island with a new style of slow-grooving hip-hop funk. Cut in the era before artists cleared their samples, the title jam even pilfers "I Shot the Sheriff."

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