PMD (of EPMD) – Mixtape (feat. Cormega, KRS-One, Grand Puba, Das EFX, The Beatnuts, Big Noyd…)

1. PMD – Hip Hop 101 0:00
2. PMD – Look At U Now (feat. Erick Sermon) 2:48
3. PMD – Straight From Tha Heart 6:37
4. DJ Honda & PMD – Constant Elevation 9:36
5. DJ Honda & PMD – Beginning To End 11:44
6. PMD – Spirit (feat RJ Da Realst, John Jiggs & Dinco D) 15:18
7. Cormega – Fresh (feat. Grand Puba, KRS-One & Big Daddy Kane & PMD) 18:13
8. PMD – Kinck Knack Part II (Street Mix) (feat. Das EFX, Nocturnal & L Da Pro) 23:00
9. PMD – Shade Business (Beatnuts Remix) 26:19
10. PMD – Thought I Lost My Spot 30:08
11. PMD – Steppin’ Thru Hardcore 34:07
12. PMD – Fake Homeyz (feat. Top Quality & 3rd Eye) 37:41
13. Agallah (feat. PMD & DBD) – Feel This 41:07
14. Big Noyd – Going Right at Em (feat. PMD) 44:42
15. Chubb Rock – Beef (feat. PMD & Das EFX) 47:57
16. PMD – Slow Your Roll (feat. Ace Brav & RJ Da Realst) 51:19
17. Cormega – Mega Fresh X (feat. DJ Red Alert, PMD, Grand Puba, KRS-One, & Big Daddy Kane) 54:13

PMD, Parrish Smith (aka the Mic Doctor of the classic hip-hop group EPMD), has been traveling on a long road of rocking mics, releasing records, and keeping his mind on business. From classic EPMD tracks like “It’s My Thing”, “Gold digger”, “Crossover”, to “You Gots To Chill”, PMD has dropped legendary verses and flows all throughout hip-hop history.

PMD’s smooth, mellow voice along with his rugged style and b-boy attitude make him one of the most well respected old school hip-hop legends of today. The classic EPMD album “Strictly Business” had deep funky jams and a strong attitude. Other incredible EPMD albums like “Business Never Personal” and “Unfinished Business” were constant favorites of crowds, DJ’s, and fans. With his partner Erick Sermon (The Green Eyed Bandit), EPMD formed Hit Squad. One of the first hip-hop squads, The Hit Squad gave birth to now legendary emcees like Redman, Das Efx, and K-Solo. Due to many different problems, EPMD broke up in the mid-90’s and the future looked extremely bleak. PMD’s first solo album “Shade Business” was considered a luke-warm effort while his sophomore LP “Business Is Business” did better.

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Then, a miracle happened. EPMD reunited for the “How To Be A Player” soundtrack. They released 2 more albums (“Back In Business” and “Out Of Business”) that spawned hard-hitting hip-hop tracks like “Richter Scale”, “Never Seen Before”, and “Symphony 2000”. Since then, many well-respected hip-hop artists have made hits by jacking classic EPMD tracks. Jay-Z’s first big hit “Ain’t No…” used the beat from EPMD’s “It’s My Thing”. DMX’s bombastic debut “Get At Me Dog” used a straight-jacked loop of “Get The Bozac”. The list goes on an on. Everybody from Nas to Wu-Tang Clan to Foxy Brown has used classic EPMD hits to make their own hits.

Today, EPMD (Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith) have left Def Jam. Erick, the E Double E, has formed Def Squad with Redman and Keith Murray while PMD maintained Hit Squad. Erick Sermon signed to J Records while PMD made an alliance with the underground and indie label Solid Records to make his own Boon Dox Records. Also, his professional and friendship relationship with Japan’s own DJ Honda cemented many ill collaborations.

With a brand new Hit Squad, a new label, and a brand new attitude, PMD just released his 3rd (and best) solo album “The Awakening”. While his other solo efforts were not as focused, “The Awakening” is overflowing with thick, funk beats, hardcore rhymes, steady production, and many well respected guests. It is his most focused and strongest solo LP to date. Kutmasta Kurt, DJ Muggs, Alchemist, Pete Rock, Ghetto Pros, and DJ Honda handle production on the LP. Guests include Fat Joe, Erick Sermon, K-Solo, Das Efx and more. PMD also has time to play the mentor role by signing protégés like 275 and Don Fu-Quan.

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Still, Parrish Smith is not done. After he releases “The Awakening”, he plans to release a collaboration album with DJ Honda titled “Underground Connection”. While the future of EPMD may not be 100% certain, Parrish Smith’s future is. He will be rocking mics. PMD has redeemed himself. He has awoken from the coma of the industry and music business. Today, PMD’s business IS personal. Parrish Smith, the mic doctor, the PMD of EPMD, is back and better than ever. You better wake up.

MVRemix: How did you meet Erick Sermon and form EPMD?

PMD: Well, in 8th grade, Erick moved to my neighborhood. I had turntables. I was DJ in The Rock Squad. Everyday, after school, we would meet in the middle of the hallway and we would freestyle. Out of all the people free styling, Erick was the illest. He was always saying these wild rhymes where people would say, ‘Oh! That’s ill!’. I had the turntables set up and the equipment in his basement. So, after school, we would cut and mess with rhymes. We always said that if we had a chance to get on, we would attack the game. We went to the studio, looped up ‘7 Minutes Of Funk’ and dropped ‘It’s My Thing’. That’s when EPMD was introduced to the world.

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