TRIBUTE: Celebrating 20 Years of Rakim’s Debut Solo Album ‘The 18th Letter’
Happy 20th Anniversary to Rakim’s debut solo album The 18th Letter, originally released November 4 inevitable solo record from master lyricist Rakim. And then five years went by. It was a lifetime in an , 1997. It’s hard to find anything to say about pioneering hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim that hasn’t ‘The 18th Letter’ is packed with a wealth of lyrical excellence, reminding us exactly why many consider Rakim the greatest rapper of all time. Rakim a problem for Rakim. In the years since Eric B. & Rakim’s heyday there has been doubt and confusion TRIBUTE: Celebrating 20 Years of Rakim’s Debut Solo Album ‘The 18th Letter’ involved in the creation of Rakim’s debut suggest the artist spent years procrastinating, and the
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 25 Years of Eric B. & Rakim’s ‘Don’t Sweat the Technique’
, 1992. When it comes to great album runs in hip-hop, Eric B. & Rakim rank up there with the best of Although Eric B. & Rakim’s musical partnership ended unexpectedly after four albums, they went out on a high note with ‘Don’t Sweat the Technique.’ Happy 25th Anniversary to Eric B. & Rakim’s Don’t Sweat the Technique, originally released June 23 ending in 1992 with Don’t Sweat the Technique, Eric “Eric B.” Barrier and William “Rakim” Griffin III excels when it showcases Rakim’s slower rhyme style. On “Relax With Pep,” Rakim creeps over the Albumism_EricB&Rakim_DontSweatTheTechnique_MainImage.jpg Eric B. & Rakim TRIBUTE: Celebrating 25 Years of Eric B. & Rakim’s ‘Don’t Sweat the Technique’ period, Rakim established himself as one of, if not the best emcee in hip-hop. His lyrical dominance
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 30 Years of Eric B. & Rakim’s Debut Album ‘Paid in Full’
hadn’t been heard before. “The album to me was like experimenting,” Rakim later said in Brian Happy 30th Anniversary to Eric B. & Rakim’s Debut Album Paid in Full, originally released July 7 recorded, and it’s certainly a reasonable candidate for the greatest ever. Rakim Allah, known as the Albumism_EricB&Rakim_PaidInFull_MainImage.jpg Paid in Full by Eric B. & Rakim is indisputably one of the small handful of albums that changed the TRIBUTE: Celebrating 30 Years of Eric B. & Rakim’s Debut Album ‘Paid in Full’ path of rap music. Eric “Eric B.” Barrier and William “Rakim” Griffin III may not have set out to Eric B. & Rakim
100 Most Dynamic Debut Albums: Eric B. & Rakim’s ‘Paid in Full’ (1987)
100 Most Dynamic Debut Albums: Eric B. & Rakim’s ‘Paid in Full’ (1987) Albumism_EricB&Rakim_PaidInFull_MainImage.jpg Album” below to explore each album or view the full album index here. ERIC B. & RAKIM | Paid in Full “Eric B.” Barrier and William “Rakim” Griffin III may not have set out to change the game when they recorded this album, but after it was released in 1986, hip-hop was never the same. Rakim Allah, known change the course of hip-hop. Eric B. & Rakim’s debut album Paid In Full is in that rarified air. Eric give birth to modern hip-hop lyricism. Even with all the rhymes Rakim devoted to moving crowds and Eric B. & Rakim
Happy 50th Birthday to Rakim, Born January 28, 1968
. One half of golden age hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, he is widely regarded as one of the most Please join the Albumism team in celebrating Rakim’s musical legacy and share your personal memories of him with us. Happy 50th Birthday to Rakim, Born January 28, 1968 Rakim hip hop album of all time by MTV in 2006, while Rakim himself was ranked #4 on MTV's list of the Michael Griffin Jr., better known by his stage name Rakim (born January 28, 1968), is an American rapper comparison to his first albums with Eric B. Eric B. & Rakim's album Paid in Full was named the greatest Eric B. & Rakim Please join the Albumism team in celebrating Rakim’s musical legacy and share your personal
Song Stuck in Our Heads Today: Jody Watley’s “Friends” featuring Eric B. & Rakim (1989)
Eric B. & Rakim ARTIST: Jody Watley featuring Eric B. & Rakim TITLE: “Friends” ALBUM: Larger Than Life (1989) BUY: Amazon | iTunes WATCH/LISTEN: Song Stuck in Our Heads Today: Jody Watley’s “Friends” featuring Eric B. & Rakim (1989)
SOUNDTRACK SALUTE: Celebrating 25 Years of the ‘Juice’ Soundtrack
aforementioned “Uptown Anthem,” Eric B. & Rakim’s “Juice (Know the Ledge),” Teddy Riley and Tammy , an arena in which he excelled and Rakim could never match. EPMD bring the headbanger funk on “It’s , highlights abound throughout. Big Daddy Kane, like Rakim, arguably the baddest rapper on Earth at the track, with its ominous and propulsive bassline, is one of Eric B & Rakim’s greatest, which by default
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 15 Years of AZ’s ‘Aziatic’
York’s five boroughs, by giants of the game like AZ, Rakim, and Raekwon, to name a few. In teacher mode experience and mark time to recall how the climate shifted after they occurred. An easy example is Rakim’s
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the upper echelon of Golden Age rhymeslingers (i.e., Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, KRS-One, Kool G. Rap
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other New York City lyrical legends like Rakim and Kool G. Rap. In retrospect, dare I say Illmatic
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Eric B. & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul, KRS-One & Boogie Down Productions, and A Tribe Called
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was never the same after this album was released more than 30 years ago. With seven tracks, Rakim lists, or click here to return to the main index. Eric B. & Rakim | Paid in Full | 1987 | Buy | Hip-Hop
Happy Birthday to Busta Rhymes, Born May 20, 1972
and Eric B. & Rakim, the foursome united as Leaders of the New School and signed a deal with Elektra
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 15 Years of Edan’s ‘Primitive Plus’
tribute to songs like Eric B. & Rakim’s “Lyrics of Fury.” The track features lightning-fast drums
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 15 Years of Large Professor’s ‘1st Class’
. & Rakim’s Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em in 1990. Finishing the production work started by his late mentor, Paul C
Happy Birthday to Jody Watley, Born January 30, 1959
an early R&B/hip-hop blend with Eric B. & Rakim making an appearance. The remix album You Wanna
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conversation. That’s already more top-shelf material than legends like Rakim or Big Daddy Kane, to name a
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 25 Years of Main Source’s Debut Album ‘Breaking Atoms’
Eric B. & Rakim (including “In the Ghetto” from 1990’s Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em) and Kool G Rap & DJ
ALBUMS WE ADORE: Too $hort’s ‘Born to Mack’ (1987)
Rakim and KRS-One were performing feats of lyrical wizardry on wax, Too $hort was a strict adherent to a
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 20 Years of OutKast’s ‘ATLiens’
ever made, along with the first three released by their iconic East Coast peers, Eric B. & Rakim, A
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