Erick Sermon To Drop "Onasis" In June

Erick Sermon, famed producer and half of recording duo EPMD, has set a June 27 release date for his next solo album.

Entitled "Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis," Sermon's new album will be the first recorded under the new alias that was inspired by the late Aristotle Onassis' wealth and power-building prowess (see "Erick Sermon Lines Up New Name For New Album").

The album features cameos from the likes of Redman, DJ Quik, Ja Rule, Xzibit, Too Short, PMD, and many more (including a previously recorded vocal from the late Eazy E), and the first single will be "Why Not," which features Slick Rick trading rhymes with Onasis.

"Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis" is Sermon's first solo effort since 1995's "Double Or Nothing" and comes nearly a year to the date of the release of EPMD's (alleged) farewell album "Out Of Business."

The "Erick Onasis" track listing is as follows:

  • "Talk To Me" (intro)

  • "I Do 'Em"
  • "Don't Get Gassed"
  • "Why Not" featuring Slick Rick
  • "Live It Up" (interlude) featuring Redman and Khari Santiago
  • "Hostility" featuring Redman and Keith Murray
  • "Mastering With E" (skit)
  • "So Sweet" featuring Eazy E
  • "Focus" featuring DJ Quik and Xzibit
  • "Feel Me Baby" featuring Khari Santiago and Sy Scott
  • "Can't Stop" featuring Dave Hollister and Peter Moore
  • "Get Da Money" featuring Ja Rule
  • "Ain't Sh** To Discuss" featuring Teflon Da Don and Noah
  • "Sermon" (speech)
  • "Vanguady" featuring Big Kim, Sy Scott, Nolan Epps, Bo & Ruck, Billy Billions, and PMD
  • "Fat Gold Chain" featuring Too Short