Erick Sermon Lines Up New Name For New Album

After releasing a new album with EPMD partner Parrish Smith last year, rapper-producer Erick Sermon is returning, at least for the time being, to his solo career.

Sermon is currently in his Long Island, New York recording studio working on a new album which he will release under the name Erick O'Nassis.

While little is known about the album, it has been confirmed that it will contain two songs that Sermon recorded with his fellow Def Squad member Keith Murray before Murray went to prison in late 1998 for second degree assault.

Murray was convicted in 1996 and was ordered to begin serving a three-year prison sentence on September 24, 1998. Murray then dodged authorities for a month before turning himself in October of 1998 (see "Rapper Keith Murray Surrenders, Discusses His Time On The Run").

The as-yet-untitled LP from Erick O'Nassis (a.k.a. Erick Sermon) is slated for release in March on Sermon's Def

Squad/Dreamworks label.

After releasing five albums over eleven years, Sermon and Parrish Smith released EPMD's "Out Of Business" last summer, billing the effort as the duo's "farewell album."

For much more on EPMD, be sure to check out the MTV News Online feature "EPMD: A Decade Of Business".