The duo of Erik Sermon and Parrish Smith (Erik and Parish Making Dollars) began their rap career in Long Island, New York. The group has been active for 25+ years and is still one of the most prominent East Coast hip-hop groups of all time. EPMD's initial sound blended suburban angst with the hardcore edge of their inner-city rap counterparts. This was apparent on their classic debut album Strictly Business. The group's self-produced raw, bass-heavy rhythm tracks were fortified by sampled loops of classic songs that kept house parties jumping all night long. Despite several public breakups the group has managed to reunite and endure over the years, making them one of the most influential rap groups to date.