25 Year Retrospective: EPMD’s Business Never Personal

RELEASE
28 July 1992

LABEL
Def Jam

GENRE / SUBGENRE
East Coast Hip Hop / Hardcore Hip Hop

CHART PEAK
#14 on Billboard 200



01  Boon Dox
A stiff slap in the face. (+1)

02  Nobody’s Safe Chump
A too-brief head-nodding street swagger. (+1)

03  Can’t Hear Nothing But the Music
A tough, playful lyrical showcase. (+1)

04  Chill
Monotonous beat can’t be saved by the so-so rhymes. (-1)

05  Head Banger [ft. K-Solo & Redman]
**SINGLE** A hardcore East Coast hip hop landmark. (+1)

06  Scratch Bring It Back, Pt. 2 (Mic Doc) [ft. DJ Scratch]
An uneven split between Sermon’s indifferent raps and Parrish’s fire spitting, over some shapeless production. (-1)

07  Crossover
**SINGLE** A Roger Troutman sample flipped into an evisceration of pop rap suckers. (+1)

08  Cummin’ At Cha [ft. Das EFX]
The verbally acrobatic Das EFX especially shine to help the track overcome (or overcum) the eye-rolling song title. (+1)

09  Play the Next Man
Proof that PMD is one of the most under-celebrated MCs in history as he single-handedly carries this cut. (+1)

10  It’s Going Down
Sharp and rough early 90s hoodie rap. (+1)

11  Who Killed Jane?
A goofy back-and-forth blunder. (-1)

VALUATION INDEX
(+5)

PERCENTAGE RATING
72.73%

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