Category: eric b. & rakim

On this day in music history: July 26, 1988 – …

On this day in music history: July 26, 1988 – “Follow The Leader”, the second album by Eric B. & Rakim is released. Produced by Eric B. & Rakim, it is recorded at Power Play Studios in New York City from Early – Mid 1988. Though their debut album “Paid In Full” is a major success and puts them in the upper echelon of Hip Hop’s vanguard, Eric B. & Rakim part ways with their original label 4th & B’way/Island due to non-payment of royalties. They are offered a contract with MCA in early 1988, and are among the first artists on the newly revived Uni Records imprint. Having recorded their first album in only week’s worth of studio time, the duo decide to take more time and to go in a different direction from their previously minimalist approach. Besides producing the project themselves, assistance also comes from Rakim’s brother Stevie Blass Griffin as well as recording engineers Carlton Batts and Patrick Adams (Musique, Fonda Rae, Narada Michael Walden). DJ Mark The 45 King also creates beats for the album including the singles “The "R”“ (#79 R&B, #14 Rap) and "Microphone Fiend” (originally intended for Fab 5 Freddy), but is not credited for his contributions. The album’s release is led by the title track “Follow The Leader” (#16 R&B, #11 Club Play), featuring Rakim’s intense rhymes with a dark and dense track to match. It gives the Long Island, NY rap duo their biggest hit to date, with “Leader” it out charts its predecessor, becomes their most successful album on the US charts and quickly shifts over a half million copies. In time, it is regarded as another high watermark in Eric B. & Rakim’s catalog and as one of the top Hip Hop albums of the era. It is remastered and reissued on CD in 2005, with three additional bonus tracks added, including the original extended mixes of “The "R”“, "Microphone Fiend” and “Put Your Hands Together”. The album is also remastered and reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP by 4 Men With Beards in 2009, making the title available in that format for the first time in nearly twenty years. The vinyl LP is also reissued as part of a box set of Eric B. & Rakim’s complete catalog, titled “The Complete Collection – 1987 – 1992” on July 13, 2018. Unlike previous vinyl releases which featured the nearly fifty minute long album on a single LP, the box set reissue is pressed as a double vinyl set for improved fidelity. “Follow The Leader” peaks at number seven on the Billboard R&B album chart, number twenty two on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: July 7, 1987 – &…

On this day in music history: July 7, 1987 – “Paid In Full”, the debut album by Eric B. & Rakim is released. Produced by Eric B. & Rakim, it is recorded at Marley Marl’s House Of Hits and Power Play Studios in New York City in Early 1986 and Mid 1987. Following the break out success of their debut single “Eric B. Is President”, released on New York independent label Zakia Records, Eric B. & Rakim are signed to Island Records subsidiary 4th & B’Way in early 1987. With the exception of “President”, the first album by the New York based DJ/Rap duo is recorded in only a weeks worth of studio time. Upon its release, it both firmly establishes Eric B. & Rakim  and set a new high water mark for rap music as an art form, both lyrically and production wise. Anchored by Rakim’s (aka William Griffin) unique vocal delivery and gift for intricate lyrical metaphors along with the production, breaks new ground within the genre, going on to inspire and influence generations of rappers and producers who follow them. The album is spin off five singles including “Eric B. Is President”, “I Know You Got Soul” and the title track. The albums iconic cover artwork features a photo of the duo wearing custom made “Gucci” garments from famed fashion designer Dapper Dan’s Harlem boutique, which become an enduring images in Hip Hop culture.  In 2003, a double CD Deluxe Edition of the album is released featuring a remastered disc of the original album, with the second CD containing  the original US and UK 12" single remixes and dub versions, including the “Seven Minutes Of Madness” remix of the title track by UK DJ/remixers Coldcut. An edited version of the Coldcut remix of “Paid In Full” is also issued as a limited edition 7" single by Get On Down Records, for Record Store Day in 2014. In and out of print since its original release, the vinyl LP is reissued as an exclusive limited edition pressing, through retailer and online site Turntable Lab in 2017. Limited to only 500 copies, the LP is pressed on “money green” colored vinyl, with an OBI strip displayed on the outer sleeve detailing the special release. It is also reissued on vinyl as part of a box set on July 13, 2018, featuring all four of the duos’ albums, pressed on double vinyl. “Paid In Full” peaks at number eight on the Billboard R&B album chart, number fifty eight on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: July 26, 1988 – …

On this day in music history: July 26, 1988 – “Follow The Leader”, the second album by Eric B. & Rakim is released. Produced by Eric B. & Rakim, it is recorded at Power Play Studios in New York City from Early – Mid 1988. Though their debut album “Paid In Full” is a major success and puts them in the upper echelon of Hip Hop’s vanguard, Eric B. & Rakim part ways with their original label 4th & B’way/Island due to non-payment of royalties. They are offered a contract with MCA in early 1988, and are among the first artists on the newly revived Uni Records imprint. Having recorded their first album in only week’s worth of studio time, the duo decide to take more time and to go in a different direction from their previously minimalist approach. Besides producing the project themselves, assistance also comes from Rakim’s brother Stevie Blass Griffin as well as recording engineers Carlton Batts and Patrick Adams (Musique, Fonda Rae, Narada Michael Walden). DJ Mark The 45 King also creates beats for the album including the singles “The "R”“ (#79 R&B, #14 Rap) and "Microphone Fiend” (originally intended for Fab 5 Freddy), but is not credited for his contributions. The album’s release is led by the title track “Follow The Leader” (#16 R&B, #11 Club Play), featuring Rakim’s intense rhymes with a dark and dense track to match. It gives the Long Island, NY rap duo their biggest hit to date, with “Leader” it outcharts its predecessor, becomes their most successful album on the US charts and quickly shifts over a half million copies. In time, it is regarded as another high watermark in Eric B. & Rakim’s catalog and as one of the top Hip Hop albums of the era. It is remastered and reissued on CD in 2005, with three additional bonus tracks added, including the original extended mixes of “The "R”“, "Microphone Fiend” and “Put Your Hands Together”. The album is also remastered and reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP by 4 Men With Beards in 2009, making the title available in that format for the first time in nearly twenty years. The vinyl LP is also reissued as part of a box set of Eric B. & Rakim’s complete catalog, titled “The Complete Collection – 1987 – 1992” on July 13, 2018. Unlike previous vinyl releases which featured the nearly fifty minute long album on a single LP, the box set reissue is pressed as a double vinyl set for improved fidelity. “Follow The Leader” peaks at number seven on the Billboard R&B album chart, number twenty two on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: July 7, 1987 – &…

On this day in music history: July 7, 1987 – “Paid In Full”, the debut album by Eric B. & Rakim is released. Produced by Eric B. & Rakim, it is recorded at Marley Marl’s House Of Hits and Power Play Studios in New York City in Early 1986 and Mid 1987. Following the break out success of their debut single “Eric B. Is President”, released on New York independent label Zakia Records, Eric B. & Rakim are signed to Island Records subsidiary 4th & B’Way in early 1987. With the exception of “President”, the first album by the New York based DJ/Rap duo is recorded in only a weeks worth of studio time. Upon its release, it both firmly establishes Eric B. & Rakim  and set a new high water mark for rap music as an art form, both lyrically and production wise. Anchored by Rakim’s (aka William Griffin) unique vocal delivery and gift for intricate lyrical metaphors along with the production, breaks new ground within the genre, going on to inspire and influence generations of rappers and producers who follow them. The album is spin off five singles including “Eric B. Is President”, “I Know You Got Soul” and the title track. The albums iconic cover artwork features a photo of the duo wearing custom made “Gucci” garments from famed fashion designer Dapper Dan’s Harlem boutique, which become an enduring images in Hip Hop culture.  In 2003, a double CD Deluxe Edition of the album is released featuring a remastered disc of the original album, with the second CD containing  the original US and UK 12" single remixes and dub versions, including the “Seven Minutes Of Madness” remix of the title track by UK DJ/remixers Coldcut. In and out of print since its original release, the vinyl LP is reissued as an exclusive limited edition pressing, through retailer and online site Turntable Lab in 2017. Limited to only 500 copies, the LP is pressed on “money green” colored vinyl, with an OBI strip displayed on the outer sleeve detailing the special release. It is also scheduled to be reissued on vinyl as part of a box set on July 13, 2018, featuring all four of the duos’ albums, pressed on double vinyl. “Paid In Full” peaks at number eight on the Billboard R&B album chart, number fifty eight on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Born on this day: January 28, 1968 – Rap music…

Born on this day: January 28, 1968 – Rap music icon Rakim (born William Michael Griffin Jr. in Wyandanch, Long Island, NY). Happy 50th Birthday, Rakim!!