Erick Sermon

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Is Def Jam's Icon Series That Iconic?

    This year marks 30 years since the first Def Jam single was released. Originally formed in NYU's Weinstein dorms after Russell Simmons was introduced to Rick Rubin by Vincent Gallo, Def Jam quickly became a brand early hip-hoppers could trust. Whether you fall in the camp who considers T La Rock's " ... More >>

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    November 28, 2012

    Why We Still Love Cypress Hill

    Tonight, west coast hip-hop favorites Cypress Hill return to the Best Buy theater. With over two decades of nationwide touring, they've developed a reputation as one of the most anticipated and consistent live shows in the genre. Even after departing from their longtime label Sony in 2008, the group ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Head Bangers And Hardcore Hits: A Ten-Track Hit Squad Collection

    Tail-end golden era rap fanatics rejoice—the Hit Squad is back! Emerging after Long Islanders Erick Sermon and Parish Smith found fame as EPMD, the Hit Squad drafted in the duo's pugnacious rap mates Redman, K-Solo, Keith Murray and Das EFX and reigned as one of the most beloved rap posses of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Q&A: Too $hort On Not Getting A Lot Of Love In New York, His Aversion To Mixtapes, And Working With Biggie

    "They tell me to get my old ass off the mic, but every time my old ass gets on stage I put on a hell of a show!" So promises Too $hort, the godfather of Bay Area hip-hop who'll be hitting Brooklyn this Thursday and Friday for shows at the Knitting Factory. The back-to-back gigs mark $hort Dog's solo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    The Five Best Moments On Yo! MTV Raps

    MTV turns 30 on Monday. To celebrate, we're running a bunch of pieces on the channel, its legacy, and its future. ​ Debuting during the golden year of '88, Yo! MTV Raps revolutionized TV coverage of hip-hop music. Of course, hip-hop videos existed long before Yo! launched—Grandmaster Fl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Hip-Hop's Top Ten Otis Redding Samples

    ​"Otis" fever is in full effect, thanks to the Otis Redding-sampling song from Jay-Z and Kanye West's much-ballyhooed Watch The Throne project leaking Wednesday night. The track's production, based around a slick chop of Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness," might be the most impressive thing a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Ten Hip-Hop Covers Of Rap Songs

    ​Last week, the Detroit-based rapper and one-time J Dilla collaborator Elzhi released Elmatic. It's the second time a rapper has re-written and re-made Nas's hallowed Illmatic, with Fashawn attempting a similar feat last year. As a listening experience, Elmatic is less than convincing, leaving ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 22, 2009


    It's so good to have APC back

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Live From the Purple Carpet: Interviews and Photos from Last Night's Raekwon Record Release Party

    The press mob. All photos by Eleni Rizakos.​Raekwon's long-anticipated Only Built for Cuban Linx, Part II dropped yesterday with a release party graced by Ghostface, Method Man, Diddy, DJ Premiere, Redman, Eric B, Ice-T, and Cappadonna, among many, many others. The red carpet was purple, of co ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 22, 2008
  • Voice Choices

    April 22, 2008


    EPMD bring New York back

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2006
  • Music

    June 6, 2006

    Scented Apprentice

    Undie-rap agitprop mingles furious Bush bashing with sitcom humor

  • News

    July 1, 2003

    Mix This

    Young South Asians' Love-Hate Relationship with Hip-Hop's New Indian Beats

  • Music

    May 13, 2003

    Bhangra Over Bombs Over Baghdad

    Rhythmic Dialogue Where Duplicity Exists

  • NYC Life

    April 23, 2002
  • News

    July 17, 2001

    Ladies First

    Female DJs Got a Foot Through the Door, Ain't Goin' Nowhere

  • Music

    April 3, 2001
  • Music

    February 15, 2000

    Wuclear Fission

    A Nutcase and a Point Guard Rise Above Wu-Tang’s Solo Overkill

  • Long Island Voice

    November 30, 1999
  • Music

    July 6, 1999
  • Music

    March 2, 1999
  • Music

    January 5, 1999


    Records We Overlooked That Made a Splash in 1998

  • Music

    September 15, 1998