EPMD Nixes Talk Of Retirement

In what is quickly becoming one of rap music's biggest cliches, EPMD has now announced that it is reconsidering its previously announced retirement, and that the title of its new album, "Out of Business," does not signal the group's imminent demise.

Despite earlier comments to the contrary (see "EPMD Sets Closing Time For Farewell Disc"), the rap duo of Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith now says that "Out of Business" refers to the approaching end of the millennium and not the announcement of its retirement.

In fact, Smith recently told the MTV Radio Network that the group was excited and confident about the new LP and where it will lead EPMD.

"It's just in [regards to] the millennium," Smith said of the title. "Out with the old and in with the new. And we're changing 'Erick and Parrish Making Dollars' to 'Erick and Parrish Millennium Ducats.'"

"Out Of Business" is due to arrive in stores on July 20. The album's first single,

"Symphony 2000," features Redman, Method Man, and newcomer Lady Luck.