Digging in the crates is how some producers make a living. Blowing off the dust from their vinyl, they find old sounds and discover new ways to introduce them to the world.
Erick Sermon’s been digging in his crates for the past 13 years, flipping songs by such artists as George Clinton and Roger Troutman into his own brand of murky funk. Sermon’s latest find came courtesy of Mr. Smooth himself, Marvin Gaye.
On “Music,” off the soundtrack to Martin Lawrence’s upcoming comedy “What’s the Worst That Can Happen?,” Sermon uses rare vocals by Gaye. According to Bernard Alexander, Sermon’s co-manager, Sermon had a limited release, special edition of the late singer’s 1982 Midnight Love LP, which included outtakes of Gaye singing a cappella during some never-before-heard studio sessions.
“Music,” which is fast becoming one of radio’s most played songs, will also be featured on the Green Eyed Bandit’s August 7 solo album, The Sermon. Alexander said Sermon has already recorded songs for that LP with his Def Squad compatriots, Redman and Keith Murray, as well as with Dr. Dre, Ludacris, Xzibit, LL Cool J, Too Short and Foxy Brown. Soon after The Sermon, E Double is going to bring his career around full circle — he’s been hard at work on a new EPMD album as well.
Sermon’s been just as busy behind the boards as he’s been in the vocal booth. Redman’s Malpractice, which drops on May 22, features 10 Sermon tracks. Alexander said his client also contributed three beats to Teddy Riley’s upcoming solo debut.
Sermon has been collaborating with Xzibit and Method Man on their new projects, and he’ll jump into the studio with Keith Murray upon Murray’s release from a halfway house on May 17.
He will also serve as one of the executive producers on the soundtrack to Redman and Method Man’s starring vehicle, How High, and score the film as well.
Alexander said he’ll secure a label deal by May 29 for the Sermon solo and EPMD projects. That same day, the soundtrack to “What’s the Worst That Can Happen?” hits stores.
The track listing for the “What’s the Worst That Can Happen?” soundtrack:
- Snoop Dogg – “F— What They Say”
- Cha Cha – “Stick ‘Em”
- Craig Mack featuring Frank Sinatra – “Wooden Horse”
- Sara Jane – “No Job”
- Queen Latifah featuring Sara Jane – “Everywhere You Go”
- Benzino – “Bang Ta Dis”
- Supafriendz – “What’s the Worst That Can Happen?”
- Sam Logan – “Happy Feelin’s”
- Jo Doja – “Whatever Jo Wants (Jo Gets)”
- Nina – “That’s the Way Love Goes”
- Erick Sermon featuring Marvin Gaye – “Music”
- Dyme – “Ladies Are U Wit Me”
- Doggy’s Angels – “Shoot ‘Em Up”
- Bosstown – “I Got Duvs on It”
- Jo Doja – “Hit the Road Jo”
- Legit – “My Love Your Love”