Strictly Business
Strictly Business
Studio album by EPMD


1 July 1988


1987-1988 at North Shore Soundworks and Island Media Studios


Hip hop




Fresh/Sleeping Bag



EPMD chronology


Unfinished Business (1989)

Strictly Business is the debut album by American hip hop duo EPMD, released in 1988 on Fresh Records and Sleeping Bag Records. The album is known for its lighthearted party raps and funky sample-reliant production. Produced and performed entirely by duo members Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith, the album features no guest artists with the exception of their DJ K La Boss.

It peaked at #80 on the Billboard 200 soon after release, and was certified Gold by the RIAA four months later. In addition, it has received much positive critical acclaim. Strictly Business is now widely considered a classic release and a seminal hip hop album.

Track listingEdit

All songs produced by EPMD. All songs performed by Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith, except for "D.J. K La Boss", performed by DJ K La Boss (scratches). All songs written by E. Sermon and P. Smith.

No. Title Time
1. "Strictly Business" 4:47
2. "I'm Housin" 4:01
3. "Let the Funk Flow" 4:16
4. "You Gots to Chill" 4:26
5. "It's My Thing" 5:45
6. "You're a Customer" 5:28
7. "The Steve Martin" 4:44
8. "Get Off the Bandwagon" 4:25
9. "D.J. K La Boss" 4:31
10. "Jane" 2:59

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