Erick Sermon Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 2)

Too $hort f/ Erick Sermon “Buy You Some” (1995)



Album: Don't Try This At Home
Label: Dangerous/Jive
Producer: Shorty B

Erick Sermon: “Too $hort saw me in The Source magazine, and was like, 'Yo Erick, what are you doing in Atlanta?' I'm like, 'Yo, I'm down here.' So he came. Scarface too. They all came when they saw me in The Source. Scarface came, $hort came, and Pac came. I was in The Source for my rim shop. It said, 'Erick Sermon Moves to Atlanta.'

“$hort was my friend. I knew him from the industry. He came out the same year, in '88. So I was in Atlanta, and he came about two years later. $hort had a lot of money. When he got his studio up, my boy said, 'Let's go to $hort's studio.' So we went there, and we made the record. That was the first one we did.

 

That record was so monumental because while the East and West coast was beefin', two guys from the East and West coast had a hit record out together. On the low, it was a hit record.

 

“I was really hostile on that record. I was cursing a lot on the song. That was a raunchy record compared to what Erick does. I wrote that record on a freestyle or something.

“That record was so monumental because while the East and West coast was beefin', two guys from the East and West coast had a hit record out together. On the low, it was a hit record. When I came home to New York, I couldn't believe it was big. Funkmaster Flex blew it up here.

“Then I performed it at the Apollo, and when I brought $hort out, on the Survival of the Illest tour! Oh my god! Pandemonium! That record played on Atlanta radio for ten years straight. But it blew up to a huge record, out the blue, [around the country]. $hort sold a million records on it. It was on a Dangerous Crew compilation, but he put it on his album too. And we did a remix with MC Breed too—God bless the dead.”

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