The Green-Eyed Bandit has been teasing this project for what has seemed like forever, but fans can finally breathe easy now that Erick Sermon has dropped off Vernia. With three decades under his belt, Sermon takes hip hop heads back to the block with a refreshing record that highlights the art of freestyling, lyricism, and beats that reverberate the heart of inner-city streets.
The features on Vernia are just a who’s who of hip hop including artists like Raekwon, Too $hort, Xzibit, David Banner, No Malice, Keith Murray, Devin the Dude, Rockwilder, AZ, Ty Fyffe, and even Shaquille O’Neal who brings his Diesel rhymes on the collaboration, “Zion.” The EPMD rapper created a piece of art that’s a vibe from beginning to end with productions from Ty Fyffe, Boogeyman, Battlecat, Rockwilder, Apathy, and Kanzer. The rap legend lets listeners know exactly what he thinks about the current state of hip hop on “The Game” where he spits verses before asking, “Where did the game go?” Much like his previously released single “My Style” where he raps “Guess who fathered your style,” Sermon is back with record deserving of attention while demanding respect.
1. Payne Intro ft. RJ Payne, Kanzar
2. Wake Up/No Fear
3. Da Wave ft. Yummy, Rockwilder
4. Tha Game ft. AZ, Styles P, Mic Cheks
5. Go ft. No Malice, Try Bishop, Kaelyn Kastle
6. My Style ft. Raekwon, N.O.R.E., Boogeyman
7. That Girl ft. Big K.R.I.T., Ricco Barrino
9. Stay Real Part 2 ft. Nature, Keith Murray
10. Zion ft. Xzibit, David Banner, Shaquille O’Neal, Ty Fyffe
11. May Sound Crazy ft. Too $hort, Devin The Dude, DJ Battle Cat
12. 300 E ft. Rockwilder
13. Vernia ft. Apathy