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
Song Stuck in Our Heads Today: Eric B. & Rakim’s “Juice (Know the Ledge)” (1991)
ARTIST: Eric B. & Rakim TITLE: “Juice (Know the Ledge)” ALBUM: Juice Soundtrack (1991) & Don’t Sweat the Technique (1992) WATCH/LISTEN: Albumism_EricB&Rakim_KnowTheLedge_MainImage.jpg “Juice (Know the Ledge)” appears on the ‘Juice’ Soundtrack (1991) & Eric B. & Rakim’s 1992 album ‘Don’t Sweat the Technique’ Eric B. & Rakim Song Stuck in Our Heads Today: Eric B. & Rakim’s “Juice (Know the Ledge)” (1991)
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 25 Years of Eric B. & Rakim’s ‘Don’t Sweat the Technique’
Happy 25th Anniversary to Eric B. & Rakim’s fourth & final studio album Don’t Sweat the Technique 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.’ brilliance. During that five-year period, Rakim established himself as one of, if not the best emcee in hip William “Rakim” Griffin III released a string of four albums of sheer lyrical and musical Albumism_EricB&Rakim_DontSweatTheTechnique_MainImage.jpg , originally released June 23, 1992. When it comes to great album runs in hip-hop, Eric B. & Rakim his career, Rakim’s existence has been somewhat shrouded in mystery. Throughout the heyday of his Eric B. & Rakim TRIBUTE: Celebrating 25 Years of Eric B. & Rakim’s ‘Don’t Sweat the Technique’
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
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
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
Eric B. & Rakim’s ‘Follow the Leader’ Turns 30 | An Anniversary Retrospective
released July 26, 1988. In 1987, William “Rakim” Griffin and Eric “B.” Barrier changed the course of hip Happy 30th Anniversary to Eric B. & Rakim’s second studio album Follow the Leader, originally Eric B. & Rakim’s ‘Follow the Leader’ Turns 30 | An Anniversary Retrospective delivering them with an effortless flow. While Paid in Full remains the better overall album, Rakim While the duo’s debut LP ‘Paid in Full’ (1987) remains the stronger overall album, Rakim’s lyrical performance on ‘Follow the Leader’ is arguably superior. reasons for this is the lyricism that Rakim displays on the album, perfectly putting together phrases and Eric B. & Rakim Follow the Leader, the duo’s sophomore album, Eric B. & Rakim proved they were absolutely for real
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
. & Rakim’s “Juice (Know the Ledge),” Teddy Riley and Tammy Lucas’ collaboration “Is It Good to You,” and bassline, is one of Eric B & Rakim’s greatest, which by default makes it a canonical hip-hop song. The , like Rakim, arguably the baddest rapper on Earth at the time, provides a shot of adrenaline, in become a go-to opener in Kane’s legendary live performances, an arena in which he excelled and Rakim
100 Most Dynamic Debut Albums: EPMD’s ‘Strictly Business’ (1988)
the upper echelon of Golden Age rhymeslingers (i.e., Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, KRS-One, Kool G. Rap
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
LEST WE FORGET: Revisiting Intelligent Hoodlum’s Eponymous Debut Album ‘Intelligent Hoodlum’ (1990)
Polo’s Wanted: Dead or Alive and Eric B. & Rakim’s Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em. LISTEN:
100 Most Dynamic Debut Albums: Nas’ ‘Illmatic’ (1994)
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
Loves of His Life: Albumism’s Jesse Ducker Selects the 10 Albums He Can’t Live Without
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
Big Daddy Kane’s ‘Looks Like A Job For…’ Turns 25 | An Anniversary Retrospective
still regarded today as one of the greatest, perched upon the highest level alongside Kool G Rap, Rakim , Eric. B & Rakim, and a young kid from Queens by the name of Nas. But Looks Like a Job For... also
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
Run-DMC’s ‘Tougher Than Leather’ Turns 30 | An Anniversary Retrospective
whole new vanguard. Emcees like KRS-One, Rakim, Chuck D, and LL Cool J may have been influenced by sounded odd channeling Rakim or Slick Rick, they weren’t prepared for the fiasco of Hollis, Queens dominate the radio waves. Though you can definitely hear the influences of artists like Rakim in
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 10 Years of eMC’s Debut Album ‘The Show’
shows on the strength of their back catalog: Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Kool G Rap, and EPMD, to name a
Real Raw: Celebrating Craig Mack's Life & Legacy
, De La Soul and Rakim paved the way for a new generation of artists hailing from what was dubbed the
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