Hip-hop pioneer Erick Sermon is in stable condition in the intensive care unit of a New Jersey hospital, the victim of an apparent car accident.
Sermon was involved in a collision with an automobile on Tuesday night which sent his vehicle into a wall, a J Records spokesperson said. The rapper suffered a broken jaw, a broken leg and head injuries, according to the label.
A spokesperson for the hospital confirmed that Sermon is in its intensive care unit but would not discuss the rapper’s injuries. J Records has requested that the name of the hospital not be released to the public.
The New Jersey Police Department could not confirm the accident.
Sermon had just finished shooting the Little X-directed video for his latest single, “I’m Hot,” in New Jersey and was on his way home when the accident occurred, according to J Records.
A member of the seminal rap duo EPMD, Sermon saw his career reinvigorated this year with his hit “Music,” which sampled Marvin Gaye (see “Erick Sermon Makes ’Music’ With Marvin Gaye” ). He also signed with J Records (see “Erick Sermon Making EPMD, Def Squad, Solo Albums” ).
“I’m Hot” again samples Gaye, this time from the classic “Sexual Healing”: “I’m hot just like an oven.” At the Source Awards in August, Sermon said he was confident that his second track featuring the late soul singer would be a success, joking that he was following in the footsteps of Ja Rule and his back-to-back radio smashes with Lil’ Mo.
Among the projects on Sermon’s current production schedule are a Keith Murray solo album and the soundtrack to the Redman and Method Man movie, How High. He was also slated to work on the film’s score.
Sermon’s third solo album, also titled Music, is scheduled to drop October 30 and features appearances from R. Kelly, Foxy Brown, Redman and Blondie’s Deborah Harry.
The rapper/producer was lined up to appear at Cypress Hill’s Smoke Out Festival on October 6 in Devore, California, and on October 13 in Oakland, California (see “Two Of Cypress Hill’s Smoke Out Dates Postponed” ).