Did You Know Erick Sermon Could Have Signed Biggie? The Green Eyed Bandit Speaks (Video)
2015 is shaping up to be a big year for Erick Sermon. The Green Eyed bandit has launched a new collection of Hip-Hop rugs called Def Rugs, and is releasing ESP, his first album since 2004’s Chilltown, New York, in June. E Double sat down with Sway and covered a host of topics in a quick twelve minutes.
At the top of the interview, Sermon spoke about his new venture, handing out rugs featuring Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy and, of course, EPMD to Sway, Heather B and Tracy G (1:00). A bit later, while speaking about the need to preserve Hip-Hop culture, the EPMD MC/producer raised an interesting point about Hip-Hop being the only musical genre that did not have sub-categories. He said part of the source for consternation between different Hip-Hop generations is because they were actually discussing what would be different categories in other genres (e.g., Hard Rock vs Classic Rock vs Alternative Rock — 4:50).
The conversation then shifted to Sermon’s upcoming ESP album and he revealed several of the album’s guest MCs, including Too Short, Krayzie Bone, Keith Murray, Tyler the Creator and Jarren Benton. Erick also said he had a song called “The Clutch,” featuring Method Man and Redman (6:00). Shortly after, Sermon made a casual remark about all of the MCs he’d had the opportunity to sign over the years, and when Sway asked for names, Sermon listed Ludacris, The Game, Rick Ross (pka Tephlon Da Don), Wu-Tang Clan and…Biggie.
It was a relatively quick in and out for an interview with Sway, but Sermon was more than efficient with dropping gems. Check out the video.