Erick Sermon and EPMD Land At J Records

Erick Sermon has joined

Clive Davis at J Records. Currently, he tops the Billboard

R&B chart with "Music," a song which has fast

become one of radio's most played singles and features the

rare vocals of Marvin Gaye.


among other songs already being recorded with artists such

as Redman, Scarface, and LL Cool J, will be featured on

Erick Sermon's first solo album for J Records entitled

The Sermon due out in early Fall.

In addition,

EPMD joins the J Records roster and production has begun

on a new album for the reunited group. Furthermore, J Records

has inked a production deal with Sermon's Def Squad Records

and a producer deal for Erick Sermon who will produce future

songs for J Records artists.

"All the

years I have in this business I'm counting as experience

and now it's time to do WORK," comments CEO/Producer/Artist/Entrepreneur

Erick Sermon. "J Records is giving me a great opportunity

and the knowledge, wisdom and skills of the people here

at J - starting with the man on top - will greatly enhance

the Def Squad foundation."

"We are

thrilled to welcome Erick Sermon into the J Records family,"

comments J Records Chairman and CEO Clive Davis. "Throughout

the hip-hop era, Erick has been a major trendsetter. Whether

it's been with EPMD, Mary J. Blige, D'Angelo, Xzibit, Eminem

or Blackstreet, his skills have always earned him the highest

respect. He's on fire right now with "Music" and

we literally can't wait to introduce everyone to the next

chapter of The Sermon!"

Bernard Alexander,

General Manager of Def Squad, comments, "Already having

a strong relationship with J Records through my clients

Next and R.L., I knew that the label would be a great place

for Erick and the Def Squad family and that Erick had hit

material for the label. And as I hoped, Clive and Erick

really hit it off. This is going to be a great situation

for all of us."