Erick Sermon ft. Method Man, Craig Mack & Mr. Cheeks – Come Thru

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Legendary EPMD co-founder and producer Erick Sermon recently announced that he would be funding his new album Go via a Kickstarter campaign and today he shares the first single. Featuring NYC icons Method Man, Craig Mack and Mr. Cheeks, check out “Come Thru” below.

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Keith Murray – No Exceptions (Prod. by Erick Sermon)

Monday, February 13th, 2017


Nobody is getting a pass from Keith Murrary or The Green Eyed Bandit on “No Exceptions”, a tough new cut from the Def Squad veterans.

Listen below .

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Erick Sermon, Redman & Keith Murray – Tim Westwood Freestyle (1995)

Thursday, January 19th, 2017


For this week’s Throwback Thursday release, Tim Westwood goes waaay back to 1995 to liberate a previously unreleased Def Squad freestyle featuring the Green Eyed Bandit Erick Sermon, Redman and Keith Murray at the top of their game, with Funkmaster Flex spinning the instrumentals. You’ll definitely recognize some of these bars, Keith spits his verse from the “I Shot Ya Remix”, but it’s worth a spin.

Listen below.

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Video: Def Squad – 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

If you’re like me and you’ve never in your life sat through a BET Hip-Hop Awards broadcast, you probably missed this Def Squad reunion cypher when the show aired earlier tonight. Here are Erick Sermon, Redman and Keith Murray bringing ’98 back.

Previously: Erick Sermon ft. Method Man & Redman – Clutch (Video)

Video: Erick Sermon ft. Method Man & Redman – Clutch

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The E-Double and Def Squad member and affiliate, respectively, Redman and Method Man, drop their new video for “Clutch.” This is off Sermon’s new album E.S.P which is out today.

Previously: Erick Sermon ft. Joell Ortiz & Sheek Louch – Make Room

Video: Erick Sermon ft. Joell Ortiz & Sheek Louch – Make Room

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Erick Sermon teams up with Joell Ortiz and Sheek Louch for the official “Make Room” video. New album E.S.P. (Erick Sermon Perception) drops August 28th.

Previously: Erick Sermon ft. Method Man & Redman – Clutch

Erick Sermon ft. Method Man & Redman – Clutch

Friday, July 17th, 2015


Erick Sermon reunites with Method Man and Redman for “Clutch” off his upcoming album E.S.P. (Erick Sermon Perception) dropping August 28th.

Previously: Erick Sermon ft. Sheek Louch & Joell Ortiz – Make Room

Erick Sermon ft. Sheek Louch & Joell Ortiz – Make Room

Thursday, April 30th, 2015


E-Double shares his new single “Make Room” featuring Louch and Joell Ortiz. This is the first release from the EPMD co-founder’s upcoming solo effort, E.S.P. (Erick Sermon Perception).

Listen below.

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NahRight & UpNorthTrips Present: Picture Perfect with Ricky Powell

Friday, August 8th, 2014


Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

Ricky Powell aka The Rickster, for those who don’t already know, is the man behind some of the most iconic images in the history of hip-hop and NYC street photography. Whether it was the Beastie Boys or Run-D.M.C. or Public Enemy, he was always up in the mix, ready to take professional photos of the early Def Jam scene on what he describes as “a hangout tip.” And he was heavy in the culture beyond that, snapping timeless shots of everyone from Basquiat to Eazy E to Big L (RIP to all), and hosting his infamous public access television show Rappin’ with The Rickster (which is now available on DVD), which gave people an opportunity to become acquainted with his extremely fun-loving personality. Point blank, dude has taken some of the illest rap flicks of all-time and is a legendary character in the game, so it was only right that we tap him for our Picture Perfect series.

Along with our brother Ev Boogie at UpNorthTrips, who we insist be recognized as the kingpin of the throwback rap photo wave that every other Instagram account seems to be riding these days, we carefully compiled ten classic pictures of different hip-hop artists Ricky Powell has taken over the years to ask him about for our latest edition of Picture Perfect. And it was an honor to listen (and laugh) as he told the stories behind them while walking the NYC streets, pausing at times to say what’s up to friends of his on the block (and his building’s new super), take a photo of a cute dog for his Instagram account, curse out a group of Sex and the City wannabees, dodge getting hit by a delivery man on a bicycle, and collect a rack from a Manhattan restaurant who recently put his work on display. This is Picture Perfect with the guy who dicked your girl—Ricky Powell.

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Video: Rhythm Roulette with Erick Sermon

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Mass Appeal brings in a certified legend for their latest installment of Rhythm Roulette. In this new episode The Green Eyed Bandit works wonders with a couple of samples from Sheena Easton and Michel Legrand.

Previously: Rhythm Roulette with Black Milk