Label: Fresh/Sleeping Bag Records/Priority Records

EPMD never tried to one-up or reinvent themselves after their breakthrough success with Strictly Business. The Brothers from Brentwood, L.I., have been content to retrace that album’s blueprint (funky, whip-friendly beats and rhymes about snappin’ necks and gold-digging chicks named Jane) over and over throughout their career. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Case in point: '91's Business As Usual isn't necessarily superior to their next best albums, ‘89’s Unfinished Business and ‘92’s Business Never Personal—they're all pretty much the same in terms of overall quality—but it was the first EPMD release to showcase Erick and Parrish's ability for spotting talent, introducing the Hit Squad to the world via Redman's cameo on “Hardcore.”