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Eric B & Rakim

They never had a mainstream hit of their own, but during rap's so-called golden age in the late '80s, Eric B. & Rakim were almost universally recognized as the premier DJ/MC team in all of hip-hop. Not only was their chemistry superb, but individually, each represented the absolute state of the art in their respective skills. Eric B. was a hugely influential DJ and beatmaker whose taste for hard-hitting James Brown samples touched off a stampede through the Godfather of Soul's back catalog that continues up to the present day. Rakim, meanwhile, still tops fan polls as the greatest MC of all time. He crafted his rhymes like poetry, filling his lines with elaborate metaphors and complex internal rhymes, and he played with the beat like a jazzman, earning a reputation as the smoothest-flowing MC ever to pick up a mic. His articulation was clear, his delivery seemingly effortless, and his influence on subsequent MCs incalculable. Together, their peerless technique on the microphone and turntables upped the ante for all who followed them, and their advancement of hip-hop as an art form has been acknowledged by everyone from Gang Starr to the Wu-Tang Clan to Eminem. While certain elements of their sound might come off as slightly dated today, it's also immediately clear how much of a hand Eric B. & Rakim had in leading hip-hop into the modern age.

Eric B. was born Eric Barrier in 1965 in Elmhurst, Queens; his future partner, William Griffin, Jr., was born in 1968 and also hailed from the suburbs of New York, specifically Wyandanch, Long Island. At age 16, Griffin converted to Islam and adopted the name Rakim Allah. Barrier played trumpet and guitar early on, but switched to the turntables in high school, and eventually landed a job as the mobile DJ for radio station WBLS. It was there that he met Rakim, and the two officially formed a partnership in 1985. Their first single -- "Eric B. Is President" (an ode to Barrier's DJ skills) b/w "My Melody" -- was released on the tiny Harlem-based indie label Zakia. It was a street-level sensation during the summer of 1986, and the duo was picked up by the larger 4th & Broadway imprint. The equally monumental singles "I Ain't No Joke" and "I Know You Got Soul" sampled James Brown and his cohort Bobby Byrd, respectively, and their utter funkiness began to revolutionize the sound of hip-hop. Moreover, Rakim's line "pump up the volume" on the latter track was in turn sampled itself, becoming the basis for M/A/R/R/S' hit of the same name.

In 1987, 4th & Broadway issued the duo's full-length debut, Paid in Full; accompanied by a mighty underground buzz, the record climbed into the Top Ten on the R&B LP charts (as would all of their subsequent albums). Additionally, the British DJ duo Coldcut remixed the title cut into a bona fide U.K. smash. The exposure helped make "Paid in Full"'s drum track one of the most sampled beats this side of James Brown's "Funky Drummer"; it provided the foundation for Milli Vanilli's "Girl You Know It's True," among many other, more credible hits. On the heels of Paid in Full, Eric B. & Rakim signed with MCA subsidiary Uni and consolidated their reputation with another landmark hip-hop album, 1988's Follow the Leader. The title cut took its place among the classic singles already in their canon, and Jody Watley soon tapped the duo for a guest spot on her 1989 single "Friends," which brought them into the pop Top Ten for the first and only time.

The 1990 follow-up Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em proved relatively disappointing from a creative standpoint, although 1992's slightly jazzier Don't Sweat the Technique was a more consistent affair that bolstered their legacy. As it turned out, the record also completed that legacy. The duo's contract with MCA was almost up, and they had discussed the possibility of each recording a solo album. Unfortunately, the resulting tension over the future of their partnership ultimately destroyed it. In the aftermath of the breakup, various legal issues prevented both parties from starting their solo careers for quite some time. The only recording to appear was Rakim's first solo cut, "Heat It Up," which was featured on the soundtrack of the 1993 film Gunmen. Finally, in 1995, Eric B. issued his self-titled solo debut on his own 95th Street label. Rakim, meanwhile, signed with Universal and delivered a pair of acclaimed comeback albums, 1997's The 18th Letter and 1999's The Master. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Best Of Eric B. & Rakim - The 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection

1. I Know You Got Soul

2. Eric B. Is President

3. I Ain't No Joke

4. Paid In Full (Seven Minutes Of Madness - The Coldcut Remix)

5. Follow The Leader

6. Lyrics Of Fury

7. Microphone Fiend

8. Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em

9. In The Ghetto

10. The Punisher

11. Know The Ledge

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Track List: Don't Sweat The Technique

1. What's On Your Mind

2. Teach The Children

3. Pass The Hand Grenade

4. Casualties Of War

5. Rest Assured

6. The Punisher

7. Relax With Pep

8. Keep The Beat

9. What's Going On

10. Know The Ledge

11. Don't Sweat The Technique

12. Kick Along

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Track List: Follow The Leader (expanded)

1. Follow The Leader

2. Microphone Fiend

3. Lyrics Of Fury

4. Eric B. Never Scared

5. Just A Beat

6. Put Your Hands Together

7. To The Listeners

8. No Competition

9. The R

10. Musical Massacre

11. Beats For The Listeners

12. The R (remix)

13. Microphone Fiend (Extended Remix)

14. Put Your Hands Together (Fon Force Mix)

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Track List: Paid In Full

1. I Ain't No Joke

2. Eric B. Is On The Cut

3. My Melody

4. I Know You Got Soul

5. Move The Crowd

6. Paid In Full

7. As The Rhyme Goes On

8. Chinese Arithmetic

9. Eric B. Is President

10. Extended Beat

11. As The Rhyme Goes On (Radio Mix)

12. Paid In Full (Mini-Madness, The Coldcut Remix)

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Track List: Paid In Full - The Platinum Edition

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"Eric B and Rakim "! Made the world clap to this"! Praise be Allah/G-d. For real hip hop. Thanks.
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This is one of the pioneers of hip hop. Metaphors and science. You can tell these brothers from the early days read books. Or pondered on philosophy. These dudes today....i cant say nothing nice so i wont say nothing. I love early hip hop!!!
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flappo10
Legends
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Instant classics paid in full criminal minded yo bum rush the show six in the morning all instant classics1987 great year for hip hop
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All is well
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lastsonofkry p t o n 1 9 7 6
So called golden age? Who the hell wrote this?
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Hip-hop in the 80's was the s**t
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So you start to ? "I Ain't No Joke"! I got question serious as cancer- we you come up to me don't lie- they can think wrong- I wait for E say - I nominated my DJ for president- waiting for the punch line- then you can joke- freeze your - real lyrics- Thanks- Praise be to Allah/G-d for this music. We need more-!
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lokitraccz
dope
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Rakim!!
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Best!!! Thinking of plan...
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Rakim said It best...There ' s no competition.
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RakIm Allah the god MC word is bond
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I truly respect this entire bio, but starting it highlighting that Eric B & Rakim never had a mainstream hit of their own completely devalues their status as pioneers & forefathers of the entire genre's mainstream. Their debut LP was released BEFORE a mainstream (Grammys, radio play, etc) even existed. Their influence arguably CREATES the mainstream demand that followed. You can't dis, they built this. Just saying - with respect.
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Big and pac? There is way better mcees then those guys! Only reason they got more play was for there east coast west coast display.. aka mainstream! Plenty of flava out there for everyone. Peace
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No disrespect to Big and Pac but RAKIM is The Greatest Of All Time.
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if you read this and ignore you will get bad luck. Put this on 15 song in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy because it actually works
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I stand corrected. Only part of the bio loaded. I apologize lol
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The bio is crap. Apparently the writer never heard Don't Sweat The Technique! Or is really aware of hip hop at all
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Wow! Real rap and Rhymes. Praise be to Allah/G-d. Real hip hop. Where is it today? I'm looking and still can't find. Today, call rappers have no intelligence and intellect in their so called rap. It weak and in ten years from now - no one will listening to it because it a piece of -shi* -No thanks . I miss real rap and hip hop. .....
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Know the ledge fool
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Greatest year of hip-hop 88 nuff said
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Rakim Allah. God on the mic.
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nickone432
pump up da volumE ... chewechewach o o
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N I gga u ain't lyin
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The God MC ya'll
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Rakim one of the Top 5 MC's of All Time!
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The god
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THE GREATEST RAPPER OF ALL TIME EVER
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dope beat , dope rhyme .dope hits..
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jchy5446
God, what happened to hip hop? Today's noise has nothing on jams like this. Original version is a masterpiece. This remix was O.K..
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Great track great movie !!!
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crholmes6382
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crholmes6382
this was the joint and still is
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Goat
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this beat is funky straight grooving
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4th and Broadway!!!! ! ! !
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stewimcnasty
Rakim and Guru from Gangstarr.. best rap lyricists ever. Not 1 song from today has the content that these 2 deliver in 1 verse.
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tbrock110
Make em clap to this����
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Eric b i aint no joke
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Dope, real hip-hop
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Real hip hop
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Still listening to it
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ford06owner
This is what hip hop is all about a dope Mc and fly Dj. None of that wack trap singing bullshit!!
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m.bedula
MY MOST FAVORITE RAPPER!!!! ✔️
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Smoothest flow of all old school rap & one of the best jams ever in Hip Hop....Rakim #1 of my "Top Five!'
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"Paid In Full"$ yes. The music just turn me on- thinking of a master plan - I use to roll up - this is hold up- nothing moving but $MONEY$ - hit the studio - I'm paid in full- yes - yes - real rap and hip hop. Thanks! Kings -Allah is G-d.
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Dropping the KNOWLEDGE.
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The Ghetto. Dope Beats & Streets.
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As The Rhyme Goes On. Dope Beats. Lyrical Beast.
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