Throwback Thursday: EPMD “Rampage (Hardcore To The Head Mix)”

EPMD! Erick and Parrish Makin’ Dollars! Pete Rock made a very, very solid remix of their single “Rampage” featuring LL Cool J. “Rampage” was the 2nd single to be released from their 1990 album, Business As Usual. Parrish Smith produced the original version of this track but there’s also a pretty interesting story behind it’s creation. In 2012, Erick Sermon spoke about his classic records and with “Rampage” being one of them, he describes how a pre-Mama Said Knock You Out LL Cool J linked with the group at the behest of Russell Simmons due to their popularity. It’s said that Parrish and LL were battling one another on the song and If you listen carefully, there’s definitely a bit of competitive jousting. Erick said that he was under the weather which is why his vocals sound differently but as many times that I’ve listened, I could never tell.

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