You Gots to Chill


About You Gots to Chill

"You Gots to Chill" is the second single by EPMD from their 1988 debut album Strictly Business. It reached number 22 on the U. S. R&B chart. The song prominently features a sample from "More Bounce to the Ounce" by Zapp and "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & the Gang. This song is widely considered to be a hip hop classic and has been paid homage by various rappers who have quoted the lyrics to this song in their own music, including Snoop Dogg and LL Cool J, among others.


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[Erick Sermon]
Relax your mind, let your conscience be free
And get down to the sounds of EPMD
Well you should keep quiet while the MC rap
But if you tired, then go take a nap!
Or stay awake and watch the show I take
Because right now, I'm bout to shake'n'bake
The E-R-I-C-K is my name, I spell
Thanks to the clientele, yo I rock well
I'm not an MC who talking all that junk
About who can beat who, sounding like a punk
I just get down and I go for mine
Say 'check one-two', and run down the line

[Parrish Smith]
To the average MC I'm known as The Terminator
Funky beat maker, new jack exterminator
Destroy an employ', when your rhymes are not void
Never sweating your girl (Why P?) Cause she's a skeezoid
When I'm on the scene I always rock the spot
I grab the steel with the crown on top
In the beginning, I like to let my rhymes flow
And at twelve I press cruise control
Sit back and relax, let my rhymes tax
Maintain MC's while the Double E macks
Always calm under pressure, no need to act ill
Listen when I tell you boy, you gots to chill

("Jungle boogie!")

[Erick Sermon]
I be the personal computer information on rap
Like the B-I-Z Markie says, I'll make your toes tap
I format the rhymes, step by step
Make em sound def to maintain my rep
Prepared to come off, in case of a diss
Not worried about a thing, cause we can do this
I can turn the party out just by standing still
Make the ladies scream and shout while the brothers act ill
Take total control, of your body and soul
Pack a nine in my pants for when it's time to roll

[Parrish Smith]
I'm the P, double-E, M-D-E-E
And one thing I hate, is a biting MC
When I enter the party suckers always form a line
Then they ease their way up, and try to bite my lines
I did thousands of shows, dissed many faces
And deal with new jacks, on a one-to-one basis
But every now and then a sucker MC gets courageous
And like an epidemic it becomes contagious
But never the least they all R.I.P
For all those unaware it means Rest In Peace
Cause M.D. stands for Microphone Doctor
And the capital P (capital P) capital M (capital M)
Capital D-E-E's no doubt the chief rocker
Don't like to get ill, but if I have to I kill
So believe me boy, you got's to chill

("Jungle boogie!")

[Erick Sermon]
Catch every word I'm saying, no there's no delaying
Don't hesitate to motivate the crowd I'm not playing
Seeing is believing, you catch my drift?
Don't try to a-dapt because I'm just too swift
(How swift?) I'm so swift and that's an actual fact
I'm like Zorro, I mark a E on your back
I don't swing on no ropes or no iron cords
The only weapon is my rapping sword

[Parrish Smith]
Intimidate MC's with the tone of my vocal drone
When I'm pushing on the microphone
Cause I'm the funky rhyme maker, MC undertaker
The one who likes to max and relax
And when it's time, issue diggum-smack
I keep their hands clapping, fingers snapping, feet tapping
When it's time to roll Uzi patrol was packing
The PMD, the mic's my only friend
And through the course of the party, I kill again and again
So if you're thinking bout battling you better come prepared
Come with ya shield and your armor geared
You gots to chill

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EPMD is an American hip hop group from Brentwood, New York. The group's name is a concatenation of the members' name "E" and "PMD" or an acronym for "Erick and Parish Making Dollars", referencing its members, emcees Erick Sermon ("E" aka E Double) and Parish Smith ("PMD" aka Parish Mic Doc). The group has been active for 26 years (minus two breakups in 1993 and 1999), and is one of the most prominent acts in east coast hip hop. Diamond J, DJ K La Boss, and DJ Scratch were DJs for the group. more »

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Written by: Roger Troutman, Erick S Sermon, Parrish Smith

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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10 facts about this song

Release Data
"You Gots To Chill" is a debut single by American hip-hop duo EPMD from their debut album "Strictly Business," which was released in 1988.
Chart Performance
Despite not reaching the Billboard charts, it's widely considered a classic hip-hop track, gaining popularity through airplay on urban radio and music video networks, including MTV and BET.
Production Quality
The song shows off the duo's unconventional production, sampling old funk songs to create a laid-back, groovy beat.
Notable Samples
"You Gots to Chill" notably features the bassline from Zapp's "More Bounce to the Ounce" and the drum beat from Kool & the Gang's "Jungle Boogie", two iconic funk music tracks.
Lyrics and Themes
Known for its lyricism, EPMD's "You Gots to Chill" encapsulates the vibe of 1980s hip-hop culture, emphasizing relaxation, partying, and lyrical domination.
Video Location
The music video was filmed at a local convenience store named "Mart 2000," creating a distinct backdrop for the duo's performances.
Influence in Music
"You Gots to Chill" has been widely sampled and referenced by other hip-hop artists, showcasing EPMD's influential status within the genre.
Duo Members
EPMD consists of Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith, hence the acronym for "Erick and Parrish Making Dollars," fitting with the aspirational themes of their music.
Breaks and Returns
EPMD disbanded temporarily various times throughout their career but always returned to create new music, and "You Gots to Chill" continues to be a defining track in their discography.
Cultural Impact
Particularly in the United States, "You Gots to Chill" has entered into the cultural lexicon, not only as a catchphrase but also as a philosophy of taking life as it comes and maintaining a cool demeanor.

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