Erick Onasis

Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis is the third solo studio album by American rapper and producer Erick Sermon. It was released on June 27, 2000 via DreamWorks Records. The album peaked at #53 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and reached the fifteenth spot on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 27, 2000
GenreHip hop
Erick Sermon chronology
Double or Nothing
Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis
Singles from Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis
  1. "Focus"
    Released: 2000
  2. "Get Da Money"
    Released: 2000
  3. "Why Not"
    Released: April 25, 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

The album is notable for the recording debut of rapper Rick Ross who went by his original name Teflon Da Don.[3]

Album title significanceEdit

In regards to the album's title, it was also an alias that Sermon briefly adopted at the time for this particular album. In regards to the meaning, he stated:

"The name is something I came up with when I was watching the [coverage of the] death of JFK Jr. They [were] talking about him and his family and his mom came up, and then Aristotle came up. Then I read something on him, about four or five pages. And it was interesting to me, about how he was, how spiritual he was, how he was just coming up in the game until he mastered his field and became who he became. So I took that name".

Another reason for the album's title was due to contractual issues stemming from Sermon's previous label Def Jam Recordings.[3] Because of the issue, Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis was promoted as a compilation album, despite Sermon's appearance and production on most of the songs.

Track listingEdit

1."Talk to Me" (Intro)Sermon1:41
2."I Do 'Em"Sermon, Spivey2:23
3."Don't Get Gassed"Sermon, Ridennhour, Boxley, Sadler2:41
4."Why Not" (featuring Slick Rick)Sermon, Walters3:00
5."Live It Up (Interlude)" (featuring Redman & Khari)Sermon, Noble, Santiago2:40
6."Hostility" (featuring Redman & Keith Murray)Sermon, Crudup, Murray, Noble2:52
7."Mastering with E" (Skit)Sermon, Gist0:28
8."So Sweet" (featuring Eazy-E)Sermon, Diamond, Horowitz, Rubin, Wright, Yauch3:17
9."Focus" (featuring DJ Quik & Xzibit)Sermon, Blake, Joiner, Troutman, Troutman4:25
10."Feel Me Baby" (featuring Khari & Sy Scott)Sermon, Santiago, Scott3:16
11."Can't Stop" (featuring Dave Hollister & Peter Moore)Sermon, Hollister, Moore4:05
12."Get Da Money" (featuring Ja Rule)Sermon, Atkins3:38
13."Ain't SHHH to Discuss" (featuring Noah & Teflon)Sermon, Crudup, Jones, Roberts, Stephenson3:36
14."Sermon" (Speech)Sermon0:56
15."Vangundy" (featuring Big Kim, Billy Billions, Nolan Epps, PMD, Sy Scott, Boe & Ruck)Sermon, Crudup, Dixon, Epps, Scott, Sermon, Sherman, Smith, Warren4:51
16."Fat Gold Chain" (featuring Too $hort)Sermon, Shaw3:20
Total length:47:09

Chart historyEdit

Chart (2000) Peak
US Billboard 200[4] 53
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[5] 15


  1. ^ DiBella, M.F. "Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis - Def Squad | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "Erick Onasis :: Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis :: Dreamworks". July 19, 2000. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Burgess, Omar (May 18, 2011). "Rick Ross Recalls Drawing Inspiration From EPMD". HipHopDX. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Def Squad Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "Def Squad Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2019.

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