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I'm Housin' (2021 reissue)
  1. I’m Housin’ (LP Vocal)
  2. I’m Housin’ (Instrumental)


I'm Housin' (2021 reissue)

mr bongo
  • 7"

    Released: 3rd Dec 2021


So strong was EPMD's epochal debut album 'Strictly Business' that it spawned three all-time classic singles, providing part of the soundtrack to, arguably, the height of the original Golden Age.

When discussing the landmark artists of that era – Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Eric B & Rakim – the duo of Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith are certainly in the conversation. And when it comes to all-time duos, they might be at the head of the table.The original release of 'I'm Housin' came in 1989, and the only previous 7" release was confned to the UK – it now fetches sky-high prices. Hence this reissue couldn't be more timely, showcasing just how fresh E Double E and PMD sound over even the most rudimentary but feverishly catchy of beats. That was their genius – trading 'slow fow' punchlines over deceptively simple backings – and that's exactly what you get here. The loop of Aretha Franklin's indelible 1971 gem 'Rock Steady' does all the heavy lifting musically, the only adornment a brief vocal snippet taken from their own 'It's My thing' – EPMD is a world premiere. At a time when sampling was still in its infancy, and before producers started to pride themselves on obscurity, and on chopping up samples creatively, this was the approach of many a hip-hop song, and rap was none the poorer for it. When you have voices as distinctive and strong as EPMD, less is more.