Neil Drumming
June 25, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Chilltown, New York

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Erick Sermon
Producers
Def Squad, Universal

We gave it a B

Erick Sermon’s a vet. After 15 years as a producer-rapper — solo and as half of seminal duo EPMD — E-Dub has mastered his patient, lisp-laden flow and a unique electro-funk sound to match. Sadly, on his fifth solo album, his preoccupation with age and past-due credit — ”A&R’s sayin’ they won’t sign me/’Cause they see my face and think I’m done” — deadens even his thickest bass lines and most buoyant beats. Never let the chip on your shoulder outweigh the bump in your trunk.

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