Wednesday, March 9, 2011

90's Jams #38: Eric B & Rakim "Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em" (1990)

The Canon of First Wave 80's Hiphop normally neglects EB&R's 3rd and 4th albums, which is somewhat understandable since they're from the 90's and all... But unfortunately this resulted in "Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em" becoming their most grossly overlooked single (almost as overlooked as "No Omega"). Eric B's mysterious guitar and key samples sound like James Brown guest-hosting an especially creepy episode of Unsolved Mysterious, or possibly some funky dudes on the prowl, like a hiphop version of CHiPs. Rakim's flow never quits. There's a good reason why everyone's favorite DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince moment is "Summertime..." It's because Will Smith bit the shit out of those first 3 EB&R records.

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