You might call it a comeback: Building upon the success of his chart-topping single, "Music," Erick Sermon makes his triumphant return to the game with his J Records debut of the same name.

You might call it a comeback: Building upon the success of his chart-topping single, "Music," Erick Sermon makes his triumphant return to the game with his J Records debut of the same name. Sermon, one-half of the seminal rap duo EPMD, has spent recent years behind the boards for the likes of Redman and Dave Hollister, among others. The Long Island, N.Y., native hasn't lost a step with tracks like "Come Thru" and "Ain't No Future . . . 2001" showcasing his range. The former, employing a sample of Curtis Mayfield's "Freddie's Dead," is a funk-filled affair. Meanwhile, the latter—a loose cover of MC Breed's "Ain't No Future in Yo Frontin' "—is equal parts West Coast vibe and typical Sermon swagger. The artist helmed the boards on 15 of the album's 16 tracks, which feature appearances from Olivia, LL Cool J, Scarface, and Def Squad cohorts Redman and Keith Murray.—RH

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