Business Never Personal is the fourth studio album by hip hop duo EPMD, released July 28, 1992 on Def Jam Records. Following mixed criticism of their previous studio effort, 1990's Business As Usual, the duo was able to return to their past acclaim on Business Never Personal. The album is considered the duo's third classic by fans and critics.
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Having recorded two undeniable hip-hop classics right out the box, EPMD met with a modicum of disapproval for the first time ever upon the release of its third album, which was graded down by some fans and critics because it seemed to be, yes, more business as usual rather than any sort of musical maturation or progression. Unbowed, Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith returned with what, at the time, was rumored even before it hit shelves to be their final album together. Indeed, the duo broke up not long after Business Never Personal came out. It was a perfect way to go out together.
Business Never Personal. By: EPMD (1992, Hip Hop). 1. Boon Dox More albums from EPMD: Business As Usual by EPMD. Strictly Business by EPMD. Back In Business by EPMD. Unfinished Business by EPMD. Out Of Business by EPMD. We Mean Business by EPMD.
The best track on their latest effort, Business Never Personal, is Play the Next Man, a warning to skeezers that takes hold with a juicy call-and-response chant. Running a close second is Nobody’s Safe Chump, which embraces gangsta rap’s madman attitudes without getting evil. It’s Going Down and Chill, meanwhile, are more shots of MOR badassness. Business Never Personal. Please Stop Thinking This Will Be a Fair Election. Watch Jon Stewart Tear Into Mitch McConnell on ‘Colbert’.
Their fourth album "Business Never Personal" would be their fourth's album as a group before they split up into solo careers. Like many listeners have realized, this is probably the duo's darkest produced LP of their career. All of the production and rhymes are dark and grimy as compared to the other albums that came before this album here. The bad being that it the shortest EPMD album. It seems like you're getting into the album, it's almost over, leaving a listener for more. Also one can't help but wonder what Erick and Parrish were going through between each other before their split up, and think that this album was put together just to keep their fans happy, and not their full backs into it (possibly another reason justifing it for it's length).
Whatever the reason, Business Never Personal didn't seem a particularly big deal when it came out in the summer of '92. It was just another great record by a band who'd made three of them before, released amid a glut of similarly excellent LPs by artists both longer-established and up-and-coming . But with their relationship renewed, and a seventh EPMD album in the works, their mission is to accentuate the positive. We never goin' talk about it," says Erick emphatically. You heard what you heard, and that's just it.