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I'm launching a new label with an album featuring Method Man, Pharrell Williams, Big K.R.I.T, Styles P, and Redman among others.
I'm launching a new label with an album featuring Method Man, Pharrell Williams, Big K.R.I.T, Styles P, and Redman among others.
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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. 

 New album

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.

New Label

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.

REWARDS

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 

FILM CREDITS

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!

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    BONUS TRACK

    You'll receive a bonus track on the first new album under the new Def Squad label. Exclusive to Kickstarter backers. Thank you for your support!

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    DEF SQUAD BANDANA

    Erick's nickname is The Green-Eyed-Bandit. We'll send you an exclusive green bandana with the Def Squad logo (available only via this Kickstarter).

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    USB

    We'll send you a USB loaded with both the digital single and the bonus track (only available via this Kickstarter) so you can listen to a preview of our new music on the go!

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    DIGITAL ALBUM

    We'll send you the digital download of our new album along with a bonus track (available only via this Kickstarter).

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    CD

    You'll get the CD of our new album, along with the digital download + bonus track (available only via this Kickstarter).

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    T-SHIRT

    Rock out with a dope Def Squad tee.

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    ALBUM RELEASE PARTY

    Two tickets to hang with Erick and his crew at one of our release parties in Atlanta, New York, LA, or Chicago.

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    RAPPERS DELIGHT PACKAGE

    Nab a CD, hat, t-shirt, and Digital Download of our new album + bonus track.

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    VINYL

    We'll send you a VINYL LP of our new album, along with the digital download + bonus track.

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    SIGNED VINYL PACK

    Score a SIGNED VINYL LP along with a bunch of Def Squad swag: our hat, t-shirt and bandana.

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    • Def Squad T-shirt
    • Green Bandana with Def Squad Logo
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    DEF SQUAD JACKET

    We'll send you a Def Squad tour jacket, along with the digital download + bonus track.

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    DEF SQUAD JACKET + ALBUM RELEASE PARTY

    You'll get a Def Squad jacket plus two tickets to hang with Erick and his crew at one of our release parties in Atlanta, New York, LA, or Chicago.

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    DEF SQUAD RUG PACK

    You'll get our Def Squad rug along with many of the above rewards (signed vinyl, t-shirt, hat, and bandana).

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    DJ LESSON FROM DJ DIAMOND

    Respect the DJ! Join us at our Def Squad studios in Long Island, New York for a one hour private lesson with DJ Diamond.

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    Gold Plaque + Rug + Vinyl Pack

    We'll send you a personalized gold plaque, along with many of the rewards above.

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    • Def Squad Rug
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    • Def Squad T-shirt
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    3 VIP BACKSTAGE PASSSES

    You'll get 3 VIP Laminated Backstage Passes to a Def Squad show. Travel and accommodations are not included. Only available in the United States.

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    DEF SQUAD JACKET + PLATINUM PLAQUE

    Rock out with your own Def Squad Jacket. We'll also send you a platinum plaque and the digital download of our new album + bonus track.

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    JACKET +2 VIP PASSES + CUSTOM RUG

    Wear our jacket to one of our shows! In addition to the jacket, you'll get 2 VIP Passes Backstage for a Def Squad Show, along with a custom Def Squad Rug. You can pick your own design and we'll send you the rug straight to your door! Travel and accommodations are not included. Only available in the United States.

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    • 2 VIP Backstage Passes
    • Custom Def Squad Rug
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    PRIVATE STUDIO SESSION WITH ERICK

    Join Erick Sermon for lunch and a recording session in his studio. We'll make a video of the session for you to keep as a memento. We'll also send you a Def Squad jacket, t-shirt, and hat. Travel and accommodations not included.

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    • Def Squad Jacket
    • Def Squad Hat
    • Def Squad T-shirt
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    EXCLUSIVE BEAT FROM ERICK SERMON

    Erick will work with you to give you an exclusive beat, fully tracked out.

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    • Digital Download of the Album
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    MUSIC VIDEO

    Have your own beat and need a video? We'll shoot a music video fully tailored to your new beat with our recording company, Def Squad Films. Travel and accommodations not included.

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    EXCLUSIVE BEAT AND MUSIC VIDEO BUNDLE

    Save $2,500 on this reward - get both a beat and video bundled in one! Travel and accommodations not included.

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    • Your Own Music Video
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