Erick Sermon Raises More Than $60,000 & Will Release His 8th Solo Album
FEBRUARY 22 UPDATE: Erick Sermon and Def Squad Records released the following statement to Ambrosia For Heads: “In today’s music business, the climate is everything’s based on streaming. We have seen drastic changes in the way consumers listen to content. There [are] all different genres of Hip-Hop now some with more commercial appeal than others, but nothing makes you feel the way boom-bap Hip-Hop makes you feel when an MC is making your teeth grind, your face starts mean-mugging, your head starts snapping back giving ya whiplash. That’s what Hip-Hop does to you. Our goal is to give the fans as much dope Hip-Hop so they can stream it just as much as they stream all of this generation’s stars. I salute all of the new guys and wanna work with everybody. I promise the necks gonna snap.”
FEBRUARY 21 UPDATE: This afternoon (February 21) Erick Sermon raised the money to release his eighth solo album. Titled Go, more than 542 fans gave the “Green-Eyed Bandit” the go-ahead by donating more than $60,000 through crowd-sourced funding. One of the fans paid more than $5,000 for an exclusive, “tracked out” beat from the EPMD producer known for his work with Redman, Method Man, Keith Murray, Tupac, and others.
With a release date still pending, Go is Sermon’s first solo LP since 2015’s E.S.P. (Erick Sermon’s Perception). Other artists who have used crowd-sourcing include De La Soul, Geto Boys, Elzhi, and Torae.
ORIGINAL STORY: Last month, Erick Sermon asked fans for their up-front support of his eighth solo album. In the tradition of fellow Long Islanders De La Soul, the Green-Eyed Bandit’s upcoming LP, Go, is crowdfunded. Since the January announcement, the forthcoming album has almost reached its $60,000 goal for tomorrow’s (February 22) deadline. As of this morning (February 21), the EPMD co-founder has less than $500 to raise to get Go in gear.
Erick already confirmed a historic list of album features including Too Short, Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man and Ghostface Killah, Mr. Cheeks of The Lost Boyz, Big K.R.I.T., Styles P, Devin The Dude, Kid Capri, and onetime EPMD affiliate Craig Mack.
With the campaign announcement, E-Double released “Come Thru” featuring Method Man, Mr. Cheeks, and Craig Mack. On the song, Mack brings back the Bad Boy Records-era rhyme style and marbled-mouthed flow with his signature chant “bwoyyyy” that made him famous 24 years ago.
In addition to Go, EPMD recently revealed plans for concept album titled Dynamic Duos: Big Business. Said to be releasing through JAY-Z’s Roc Nation label, the LP has confirmed features from Capone-N-Noreaga, M.O.P., Mobb Deep, Salt-N-Pepa, and Black Star with Erick Sermon and his 30-plus-year rhyme partner Parrish Smith on the tracks. Late last year, PMD released Business Mentality, his first solo LP in 14 years.
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