I’m Erick Sermon, but if you’re of a certain age you may know me as the Green-eyed Bandit, or as part of the pioneering hiphop duo EPMD, or as the original member of Def Squad crew. You may also know that I wrote or produced the music on many of the hiphop hits of the 80s and 90s, that helped put New York on the rap map.
Now Def Squad is back with a bang, starting with a new album featuring some of the top names of today like Pharrell Williams, Ghost Face, Redman, Styles P, Too Short and Big K.R.I.T. to name a few.
The new album is titled “Go” because we want to get maximum exposure from the word go! Besides the artists already mentioned we’re lucky to also have my old collaborators Method Man and Keith Murray on board, along with AZ, Craig Mack, Mr Cheeks, Devin The Dude, Rockwilder, Rico Barrino, and Kid Capri. We're also excited to welcome newcomers Try Bishop, Katelyn and PWise.
We have 8 tracks in the can so far, and plan to add another 3 so there’ll be 11 in total on the album. I’m a fast worker so it will be ready by the spring, so watch this space…
As a taster, one of the new tracks is called Southern Girl and features Pharrell and Big K.R.I.T. It was inspired by my Mom - who grew up in Alabama and Florida - and I like to think that everyone is a Southern girl at heart.
The album will be launched on my new independent label - Def Squad Records - because the music business is very different from how it was back in the 80s and I want to give up-and-coming artists a platform to show what they can do. And at the same time we want to give you, the fans, what you want in the way of music, not what some ivory-towered record company executive thinks you want.
A Brand New Concept… Def Squad Films
To complete the all-round Def Squad music & promo team we’re hooking up with film-maker Shock B - long-time collaborator and the man behind our Shockumentary video above - to launch our very own music video production arm, so we can keep the whole process from idea to finished product in-house.
Why we’re asking for your help
I still have my studio in New York and all the original equipment which enabled me to produce beats like the popular 2001 track “Just Like Music,” sampling the late, great Marvin Gaye. Therefore many of the costs of producing a mainstream album are already covered. But I still need funds to finance the sampling - which doesn’t come cheap - plus a sound engineer and all the costs involved in marketing the album to as wide an audience as possible, not just die-hard hiphop fans but to introduce great music to a new generation.
My proven track record
For the newcomers, here’s a brief overview of our earlier work (14 albums under Erick Sermon, EPMD and Def Squad and music for over 30 movies and documentaries). Tracks like “You Got To Chill”, “Strictly Business” and “Crossover” showcased quality music videos and were some of the genre’s earliest commercial successes.
A Bit of History
I started out with Parish Smith as EPMD (which stands for Erick and Parish Making Dollars). Our first EPMD album, Strictly Business, laid the foundation for modern hiphop, sampling everything from Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd, to Zapp and Steve Miller.
When label deals were shaky and corporate America was still being sold on the commercial viability of rap, Parish & I decided to pursue different paths and I embarked on a career producing music for countless R&B and rap acts. I was one of the early MCs to extend my brand beyond the booth.
In the two decades since, I established myself as a producer, with over 70 million album sales, thanks to working with some of the biggest names in the industry like Akon, Jay-Z, Kanye West, LL Cool J, Redman, Eminem, 50 Cent, Das EFX, Mary J Blige, D’Angelo, Ja Rule, Diddy, Lil Wayne, Mos Def, KRS-One, Craig Mack, Heavy D, Das EFX and many more. For a more comprehensive list of my work see the bottom of the page.
We have 20 incredible rewards that we're excited to share with you, ranging from $2 for a bonus track to $10,000 for a chance to record a beat and music video with me. Here's the full list:
ERICK’S SOLO ALBUMS (all went Gold)
- Double or Nothing -1995
- Erick Onasis - 2000
- Music - 2001
- React - 2002
- Chilltown New York - 2004
- E.S.P. (Erick Sermon’s Perception) - 2015
ALBUMS FEATURING ERICK AND/OR DEF SQUAD
- 7 Albums with EMPD from 1988 - 2009
- Def Squad El Nino on the Def Jam Label - 1998
- As himself on 6 albums including Chilltown New York on the Motown label - 2004
- Erick Onasis on the Dreamworks label (set up by David Geffen, Steven Spileberg & Jeffrey Katzenberg) - 2000
ERICK AS A MUSIC PRODUCER
- Black Eyed Peas - Renegotiations: The Remixes (2006) - Da Bump (Erick Sermon Remix)
- LL Cool J - Phenomenom (1997) - 4, 3, 2, 1 ft. Redman, Method Man, Canibus, DMX
- Ja Rule - Venni Vetti Vecci (1999) E-Dub And Ja ft. Erick Sermon
- Akon - The Longest Yard Soundtrack (2005) So Fly ft. Blewz
- Busta Rhymes The Big Bang (2006) - Goldmine ft. Raekwon
- Jay-Z Vol.2: Hard Knock Life (1999) Reservoir Dogs ft. Kid Capri
- 50 Cent - Power Of The Dollar (2000) Da Heatwave ft. Noreaga
Erick has created custom music for many box office hits including:
- The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) with Matthew McConaughey
- What Happens in Vegas (2008) with Cameron Diaz & Ashton Kutcher
- Syriana (2005) with George Clooney & Matt Damon
- Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995) with Bruce Willis
Risks and challenges
Almost all the tracks are already complete so we don't anticipate any issues in getting our album to you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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