Release Date: Jun 22, 2004
Record label: Motown
Not long into this story involving a gun and a bachelorette party (or as Brits like Ware call it, a “hen do”), it’s apparent someone is going to die. And if you’re like me, you’ll find it almost impossible to put this twisting, electrifying debut down until you figure out why. Crime writer Leonora Shaw lives a solitary, routine life, but she can’t resist an invitation to her old friend Clare’s hen do, held in a glass-walled house surrounded on all sides by forest.
Erick Sermon's fifth solo album marks his move over to Universal Motown, after a two-album stint spent with J Records. As most could have only expected, Chilltown, New York offers nothing fancy. Sermon produces everything and is helped out on the mike -- yet is rarely outshined by -- the likes of Talib Kweli, Redman, Keith Murray, and Def Squad newcomer Sy Scott.