PMD

PMD

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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.

Biography

PMD’s smooth, mellow voice along with his rugged style and b-boy attitude make him one of the most respected 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. 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-Zs first big hit Ain’t No used the beat from EPMDs Its My Thing. DMXs bombastic debut Get At Me Dog used a straight-jacked loop of Get The Bozac. The list goes on and on. Everybody from Nas to Wu-Tang Clan to Foxxy 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 proteges like 275 and Don Fu-Quan. 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. His fourth solo record Business Man-tality is due out Spring 2010. Parrish Smith, the mic doctor, the PMD of EPMD, is back and better than ever. You better wake up.

Discography

Year - Album
1988 - Strictly Business
1989 - Unfinished Business
1990 - Business as Usual
1992 - Business Never Personal
1994 - Shade business
1996 - Business is Business
1997 - It's the Pee EP (feat. Prodigy of Mobb Deep)
1997- Back in Business
1999- Out of Business
2002 - Under Ground Connection - PMD and DJ Honda (Japan-Only Release) 2003 - The Awakening
2008 - We Mean Business