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The 50 Greatest Sophomore Albums in Hip-Hop History

25. EPMD, Unfinished Business (1989)

Label: Fresh, Sleeping Bag

Music critics were falling over themselves praising the Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique in 1989, but the streets were buzzing off the cutting edge production of the new EPMD release. "Say Wat Cha Sayin'" brought skin-tight programming with the devastating scratches of new recruit DJ Scratch, "Get The Bozack" and "The Big Payback" shut-down all naysayers, while "Please Listen To My Demo" presented an uncharacteristically humble description of the duo's early days in the music game over a dream-like Faze-O loop.

"Knick Knack Patty Wack" introduced K-Solo to the world (the first Hit Squad recruit) and "Jane II" continued the saga in fine style. Business As Usual may have perfected the EPMD formula, but Unfinished Business proved that these brothers from Brentwood, Long Island were in it to win it.

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