After producing on Redman & Method Man’s Blackout! 2 in 2009, Long Island, New York emcee/producer Erick Sermon had a largely quiet 2010. The EPMD co-founder and mentor to Keith Murray, Rick Ross and the aforementioned Red is planning to return to the scene this year. On February 5, Sermon will attend a Chicago, Illinois music seminar Hip Hop 360 at the Black Pearl venue. In preparation for the event, the Def Squad member spoke to about the event, the state of music, and upcoming plans.

EPMD is releasing “Don’t Get Clapped” next month, the iconic duo’s first single in two years. Comparing it to late ’80s hit “I Shot The Sheriff,” Sermon said, “The songs is basically about: don’t put yourself in a predicament. That girl don’t belong to you. Don’t be flashing money in front of regular people ’cause they hate that.” Additionally, Sermon says he’s at work with Red and Meth on new material.

Sermon, who has not released a solo album in over a decade, revealed that he’s planning to drop ESP: Erick Sermon’s Perception this year. The former Def Jam star’s latest album will include appearances from Mary J. Blige and Syleena Johnson.

In 2008, EPMD released We Mean Business on RBC Records.

Read the interview with Erick Sermon here.

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