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Erick Sermon says he makes $720,000 per year from The Weeknd's "Creepin'"

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Erick Sermon, The Weeknd. (Shutterstock/Debby Wong/Christian Bertrand)

Erick Sermon is getting his bread.

In an interview with Bootleg Kev published on Thursday, the EPMD rapper revealed the eye-watering amount he makes in royalties from Metro Boomin, The Weeknd, and 21 Savage's song "Creepin'."

Released in 2022, "Creepin'" is a remake of Mario Winans' 2004 hit "I Don't Wanna Know."

Winans' song samples the drums from EPMD's "You’re a Customer."

"Every four months, guess how much it brings in?" Sermon asked Kev. "$240,000, which amounts to $720,000 per year."

Sermon, who is credited as a writer on both "Creepin'" and "I Don't Wanna Know," said he only owns 4% of The Weeknd's song.

He went on to explain how important he feels it is for artists to hold on to their publishing rights.

“Even though streaming might be less than one cent, it’s still more money being made than if you signed to a label,” he said.

He added: “Publishing is your life. If you’re able to have some of it, please grab as much as you can."

"You're a Customer" was featured on EPMD's 1988 debut album, "Strictly Business."

The project is widely regarded as one the greatest in hip-hop history, with The Source giving it a five-mic rating, an honor the magazine has only ever given to 42 other albums.


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