NEW ALBUM: Erick Sermon, E.S.P (Erick Sermon’s Perception)

By Anton Constantinouu

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Think ahead Tuesdays is all about those forthcoming tracks, albums, and movies that keep the spirit of hip hop alive

We can’t say too much about it just yet, but legendary producer, rapper, actor and songwriter, Erick Sermon has a brand spanking new album on the way very soon. Erick Sermon’s Perception (abbreviated E.S.P ) marks a long awaited return for the Green Eyed Bandit, who hasn’t dropped an album now in over a decade now. It promises dope collaborations with the likes of Redman, Method Man, Sheek Louch and Mary J Blige and Too Short. At 15 tracks long it’s set to be a big release.  

To date, 3 tracks have been dropped from it- all with a different sound and appeal. There’s Clutch: a summery assemblage of cheery horns and Spanish guitar samples, which calls to mind a breezy cruise down a country road  on the back of an old horse and cart. We think this sounds alot like the  James Brown inspired Nas joint, Get Down. Make Room, By comparison, is a much grittier affair. The video (below) says it all really: old rail yards, pitch black street corners under spotlight, bad-boy motorbike antics. It’s a perfect match to the Ruff Ryder style instrumental, with it’s dark synths and ominous bursts of bass. Daydreamer is by far the smoothest of three. On a first listen you’re instantly lulled into a trance from the undulating beat and spacey sound effects. And this is only the tip of the iceberg. 

Back in the 90’s, Erick Sermon was one of the most influential dude’s in the game. As the front-man for EMPD, he gave life to Redman, Keith Murray and K-solo, not to mention putting Das EFX on the map. As a solo artist he’s released as many as 6 albums- most notably No Pressure (1993) and Music (2001).

E.S.P  is expected for release on the 28th August. Pre-order now athttp://www.undergroundhiphop.com/erick-sermon-e-s-p/IMT5020606CD/.



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