Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Rakim Project Part 2: Follow The Leader

After releasing the groundbreaking classic "Paid In Full" in 1987, Eric B. & Rakim returned one year later with ANOTHER classic in the form of "Follow The Leader".

Release date- July 25, 1988

All tracks were produced by Eric B. & Rakim

Follow The Leader
Words cannot describe this EXCELLENT song, another one of the greatest album openers in hip hop history. It's also my #1 favorite video of all time, which covers A LOT of ground. You can't do anything BUT follow the leader (Rakim) on this one. 5 out of 5

Microphone Fiend
We follow this up with ANOTHER classic, as Rakim smoothly and expertly professes his love (and need) for the microphone in his hand. Simply amazing. 5 out of 5

Lyrics of Fury
Look at the title of that song and say it to yourself. Then ask yourself, "wow, is that what I get on this song?" The answer is an astounding "yes indeed", and more. 5 out of 5

Eric B. Never Scared
The first of a few breakbeats on this album.

Just A Beat
It may be just a beat, but it's a DAMN good, old school one.

Put Your Hands Together
Rakim's lyrics and this beat makes you do just that, put your hands together. 5 out of 5

To The Listeners
Although it's to the listeners, it's not as effective as the previous songs. Still very good though. 4 out of 5

No Competition
I respect Rakim for what he was going for here, but there definitely WAS competition at that point in 88. There's NO competition nowadays, but that's another story. Dope song though. 4.5 out of 5

The R
About what you would expect from the "18th letter", forever. "You doin it wit the R!" 5 out of 5

Musical Massacre
I love the beat to this. It definitely is a musical massacre and Rakim does a good job by keeping up with the beat. 5 out of 5

Beats for the Listeners
We close this great album with an instrumental reprise, if you will, of "To The Listeners".

This is NO sophomore jinx, and while it's nowhere near better than "Paid In Full", it still features Rakim at his very best on the mic, and you can't ask for more than that. 

Rating- 5 stars 

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