Back in Business
Studio album by EPMD


September 23, 1997


July 1996 - March 1997


Mirror Image Studios
(Long Island, New York City)
Soundtrack Studios
(New York, New York City)


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, Underground hip hop




Def Jam Recordings


Erick Sermon (exec.), Parrish Smith (also exec.), DJ Scratch, Rockwilder, Agallah

Back In Business is the fifth studio album by American Hip hop duo EPMD. It was released in September 23, 1997 under Def Jam Recordings. Recording sessions for the album took place at Mirror Image Studios and Soundtrack Studios in New York City from July 1996 to March 1997. The production on the LP was handled by Erick Sermon, DJ Scratch, Parrish Smith, Rockwilder and Agallah. It includes guest appearances by Redman, Das EFX, Nocturnal and Keith Murray. This album was released five years after releasing their solo albums between 1993 and 1996 and also it is the follow up from their 1992 album Business Never Personal.

Back In Business was supported by the singles: "Never Seen Before", "Da Joint" and "Richter Scale". The album was certified Gold by the RIAA in November 17, 1997.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

  1. "Intro" - 0:13
  2. "Richter Scale" - 3:16
  3. "Da Joint" - 3:28
  4. "Never Seen Before" - 2:51
  5. "Skit" - 0:24
  6. "Intrigued" (feat. Das EFX) - 3:37
  7. "Last Man Standing" - 3:35
  8. "Get With This" - 3:42
  9. "Do It Again" - 2:50
  10. "Apollo Interlude" - 1:19
  11. "You Gots 2 Chill '97" - 3:26
  12. "Put On" - 3:54
  13. "K.I.M. (Keep It Movin')" (feat. Redman and Keith Murray) - 4:38
  14. "Dungeon Master" (feat. Nocturnal) - 3:24
  15. "Jane 5" - 2:41
  16. "Never Seen Before (Remix)" - 2:52

Samples[edit | edit source]

Richter Scale

  • "Person to Person" by Average White Band
  • "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & the Gang
  • "California Love (Remix)" by Dr. Dre feat. 2Pac

Da Joint

  • "Help Me Make It Through the Night" by Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • "Think (About It)" by Lyn Collins
  • "The New Style" by Beastie Boys

Never Seen Before


  • "Walk on By" by Gloria Gaynor
  • "You're a Customer" by EPMD

Last Man Standing

  • "Midnight Groove" by Love Unlimited Orchestra
  • "Hell on Earth (Front Lines)" by Mobb Deep
  • "Change the Beat (Female Version)" by Beside

Get With This

  • "We Don't Care" by Manfred Huber
  • "The Big Beat" by Billy Squier
  • "I Know You Got Soul" by Eric B. & Rakim

Do It Again

  • "Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.)" by Tom Browne
  • "So Ruff, So Tuff" by Roger

You Gots 2 Chill '97

  • "More Bounce to the Ounce" by Zapp
  • "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & the Gang

K.I.M. (Keep It Movin')

  • "Symphony No. 40 (Third Movement)" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • "Da Mad Face Invasion" by Onyx
  • "Girls" by Beastie Boys

Jane 5

  • "Papa Was Too" by Joe Tex
  • "You Are What I'm All About" by The New Birth
  • "Mary Jane" by Rick James

Never Seen Before (Remix)

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