Erick Sermon of EPMD suffers heart attack

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    Rapper Erick Sermon, a member of the hip hop group EPMD, has suffered a heart attack. The New York based rapper and producer, known as "The Green Eyed Bandit," is reportedly recovering and should be fine.

    Sermon was interviewed on November 15 from his hospital on the Sway in the Morning radio show and recounted the incident: "I sat on the sofa and I got two sharp pains on my left-hand side," Sermon told Sway. But he didn't think much of it, and it wasn't until he felt worse pains the next day that he went to the hospital.  "When I got there, as soon as I hit the door, my whole left side cramped up on me and the heart palpitations started going really fast again and I started to get the pains again. If I didn't get there in time, I would've suffered a stroke first, then I really would've been in trouble...So when I got to the emergency room, they did all these tests and said that the heart attack was a mild one."

    With hits like "Golddigger" and "Crossover," EPMD was one of the biggest rap acts of the early 90s. After the initial break up of EPMD, Sermon began recording solo albums for Def Jam in 1993; he scored hits with "Stay Real and a cover of the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight."

    Over the next decade, Sermon alternated recording solo and as part of EPMD, and continued to chart in both settings. Sermon also became a noted producer, working with Redman, Method Man and Busta Rhymes.

    Most recently, Sermon and EPMD started a new label called EP Records and issued the album We Mean Business in 2008.