Chilltown, New York (2004) 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,… 2004-06-22 Erick Sermon
Music Review

Chilltown, New York (2004)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jun 22, 2004; Lead Performance: Erick Sermon

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.

Originally posted Jun 25, 2004 Published in issue #771-772 Jun 25, 2004 Order article reprints