Posts Tagged ‘eric b. rakim’

Art of Rhyming: Eric B. is President

Monday, July 10th, 2017

 

Art of Rhyming: Lyrical Breakdown
Artist: Eric B. & Rakim
Song: Eric B. is President

This week, 30 years ago, hip-hop music changed for good. While it would be easy to list the top 5 Rakim songs, or do another “goat” listing with him at the top, I thought it more important to breakdown why a generation of legendary emcees claimed that Rakim changed the way rhymes were written. The best way to do that is to literally breakdown the writing of William Griffin, aka Rakim.

Eric B. & Rakim’s debut album Paid In Full dropped in the summer of 1987 and it was the complex rhyme schemes and rich content that Rakim provided, which changed the way artists put together their rhymes. Paid in Full showcased Rakim’s multi-syllabic lyrical delivery and the idea of a rapid, continuous flow, based around deeply woven rhyme structures (incorporating internal rhymes and sophisticated metaphors).

As legendary emcee, Masta Ace says, “Up until Rakim, everybody who you heard, the last word in the sentence was the rhyming word, the connection word. Then Rakim showed us that you could put rhymes within a rhyme, so you could put more than one word in a line that rhymed together, so it didn’t just have to be the last word (Edwards, pp. 105).”

For context, the 1986 hip-hop scene was dominated by Run DMC and The Beastie Boys. Legendary groups in their own right but nowhere near the lyrical prowess Rakim was about to bring. Note the rhyme scheme in My Adidas by Run DMC.

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Poll: Greatest Debut To Sophmore Album

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

There are tons to include in this poll but here are the most common ones. Rather than waste votes on stuff that might be worth of mention but stand no chance of winning, choose one from the list provided. I can assure you that the right answer is included in this list and that’s indisputable. Choose wisely yo! –Philaflava

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Stussy x Yo! MTV Raps Collabo

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Stussy and MTV team up to present these classic shirts featuring original artist imagery along with Stussy styling. The Stussy x Yo! MTV Raps Collection features Ice T, De La Soul, Gang Starr, Slick Rick, Digital Underground, Queen Latifah, Brand Nubian, Eric B. & Rakim and MC Lyte. $36 a pop tho. DAMN! –Philaflava


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Eric B. and Rakim “Teach The Children”

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Stream: Eric B. and Rakim “Teach The Children”

By now it is accepted that Rakim was the first to conceptualize and practice rapping as “flowing”; that he was among the very first rappers to popularize the teachings of the Nation of Gods and Earths (b.k.a. “the five percenters”); that his lyrics are crafted with godlike precision and should be revered as poetic masterpieces; and that he effortlessly strikes an uncanny balance between icy menace and debonair smoothness like no other rapper before or since. The singles from the first three Eric B. and Rakim albums are mentioned wherever a critic or a listener cobbles together a list of the genre’s greatest songs. His name reappears nearly every time an interviewer prods a rapper whose popularity peaked anywhere between 1987 and 2001 to name his key influences. The problem with such unilateral worship is that Rakim’s mythic reputation serves as a force field, deflecting critical analysis of his actual material. (more…)

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Today’s Mathematics: 5%er Rap Compilation

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

The DJ Premier Blog recently posted the CDQ version of the recent KRS-One and Grand Puba collaboration titled “5%” from the upcoming KRS-One/DJ Premier album “Return Of The Boom Bip.” The song, as you might guess, chronicles the rise of the Nation of the Gods and Earths in the NYC and all outlying counties in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. A while back I compiled songs that explicitly  incorporate 5%er teachings, so in light of renewed interest in the subject I added “5%'” and a few more cuts to the mix. Tracklist and download link are available after the jump. This is not an 85 affair. — Thun

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Rakim “The R: The Best Of The Rest”

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

My God, the Philaflava Forum is such a great place! What started as a single person posting a link to 3 volumes of Rakim material has turned in to a monster project. So far I have finished 6 volumes on my own and probably have an additional 6 to come. Most of the tracks came from various rips I have collected over the years. Shouts to musiclover123 for compiling the initial 3 volumes and to truthaddict for posting about it. Special thanks to Roy Johnson, Step One and DJ Mike Nice for posting more tracks from the vaults and spending time to rips their vinyls.

There will be some remixes & mash-ups in here that people are going to hate, but there are also plenty of great surprises. If you don’t like it, don’t download it. This is my attempt to get EVERYTHING in one place. If you have something to add, please leave a comment or add on to the thread in the forum.

The original 3 volumes can be downloaded HERE.

Rakim – The R: The Best Of The Rest Part 1
01 Eric B and Rakim – As The Rhyme Goes On (Radio Mix)
02 Eric B and Rakim – Bobby Corridor Short Mix
03 Eric B and Rakim – Casualties Of War (Extended Club Camouflage Version)
04 Eric B and Rakim – Casualties Of War (Militant Remix)
05 Eric B and Rakim – Casualties Of War (Soulpower Remix)
06 Eric B and Rakim – Complicatem (Pass The Handgrenade Pt. 2)
07 Eric B and Rakim – Don’t Sweat The Technique (Belief Summer ’04 Remix)
08 Eric B and Rakim – Don’t Sweat The Technique (Dub)
09 Eric B and Rakim – Don’t Sweat The Technique (Funky Ginger Club Version)
10 Eric B and Rakim – Don’t Sweat The Technique (Funky Ginger Radio Edit)
11 Eric B and Rakim – Don’t Sweat The Technique (Funky Ginger Single Edit)
12 Eric B and Rakim – Don’t Sweat The Technique (UK Flavor Club Version)
13 Eric B and Rakim – Don’t Sweat The Technique (UK Flavor Radio Edit)
14 Eric B and Rakim – Don’t Sweat The Technique (UK Flavor Single Edit)
15 Eric B and Rakim – Don’t Sweat The Technique (Xtended)

Rakim – The R: The Best Of The Rest Part 2
01 Eric B and Rakim – Eric B. Is President (Dub)
02 Eric B and Rakim – Follow The Leader (Dub)
03 Eric B and Rakim – Follow The Leader (Gene Carbonells Less Equals More Mix)
04 Eric B and Rakim – Follow The Leader (Rjd2 Remix)
05 Eric B and Rakim – I Know You Got Soul (Booty Camp Remix)
06 Eric B and Rakim – I Know You Got Soul (Dub)
07 Eric B and Rakim – I Know You Got Soul (The Richie Rich Mega Mix)
08 Eric B and Rakim – I Know You Got Soul 2002 (Illicit Remix)
09 Eric B and Rakim – I Know You Got Soul bw Cru – Just Another Case
10 Eric B and Rakim – In The Ghetto (Blockhead vs. Omega One Extended Remix)
11 Eric B and Rakim – In The Ghetto (Cuts Mix)
12 Eric B and Rakim – In The Ghetto (DJ Revolution Remix)
13 Eric B and Rakim – In The Ghetto (Drums Mix)
14 Eric B and Rakim – In The Ghetto (Extended Mix)
15 Eric B and Rakim – In The Ghetto (Freestyle Mix)

Rakim – The R: The Best Of The Rest Part 3
01 Eric B and Rakim – In The Ghetto (Omega One Remix)
02 Eric B and Rakim – Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em (45 King Club Mix)
03 Eric B and Rakim – Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em (Brixton Bass Mix)
04 Eric B and Rakim – Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em (Brixton Upso Mix)
05 Eric B and Rakim – Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em (Chris Read Remix) (1990)
06 Eric B and Rakim – Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em (Clean UPSO Mix)
07 Eric B and Rakim – Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em (DJ Shadow Remix)
08 Eric B and Rakim – Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em (Mark 45 King Mix)
09 Eric B and Rakim – Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em (Mashed Up Funk Remix)
10 Eric B and Rakim – Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em (The Riddin’ Dub)
11 Eric B and Rakim – Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em (Upso Dub)
12 Eric B and Rakim – Mahogany (Beat Bass and Rakim)
13 Eric B and Rakim – Mahogany (Extended Remix Version)
14 Eric B and Rakim – Microphone Fiend (45 King Extended Remix)
15 Eric B and Rakim – Microphone Fiend (DaBlenda Mix)

Rakim – The R: The Best Of The Rest Part 4
01 Eric B and Rakim – Microphone Fiend (Extended Remix)
02 Eric B and Rakim – Microphone Fiend (Remix)
03 Eric B and Rakim – Move The Crowd (The Democratic 3 Remix)
04 Eric B and Rakim – Move The Crowd (The Wild Bunch Remix)
05 Eric B and Rakim – My Melody (Dub)
06 Eric B and Rakim – No Omega (Extended Remix)
07 Eric B and Rakim – Paid In Full (Cold Cut Remix)
08 Eric B and Rakim – Paid In Full (Derek B’s Urban Respray)
09 Eric B and Rakim – Paid In Full (Mini Madness) (The Coldcut Remix)
10 Eric B and Rakim – Paid In Full (Seven Minutes Of Madness: The Coldcut Remix)
11 Eric B and Rakim – Put Your Hands Together (Fan Force Mix)
12 Eric B and Rakim – The R (Extended Remix)
13 Eric B and Rakim – The R (Remix Edit)
14 Eric B and Rakim – The R (Work Rest and Play Remix by Dave Dorrell and CJ Macintosh)

Rakim – The R: The Best Of The Rest Part 5
01 Rakim – Acapella Freestyle One
02 Rakim – Acapella Freestyle Two
03 Rakim – Guess Who’s Back (Alternative Mix)
04 Rakim – Guess Who’s Back (Break Remix)
05 Rakim – Guess Who’s Back (So So Def Remix)
06 Rakim – Guess Who’s Back [G.C.’s Remix]
07 Rakim – It’s Been A Long Time (Suave House Mix)
08 Rakim – Light It Up feat. Faith Evans
09 Rakim – Streets Of New York feat. Alicia Keys and Nas (DJ Easy Remix)
10 Rakim – The Saga Begins (DJ Easy Remix)
11 Rakim – The Saga Begins (S.T.T.R.E.S.S. Mix)
12 Rakim – When I B On The Mic (DJ G Sweet Mix)
13 Rakim and Truth Hurts – The Watcher 2 (Rakim Verse Mix)
14 Rakim feat. M.O.P. – It’s Nothin (Remix)
15 Rakim vs. Black Grass – Heat It Up (Jayceeoh Remix)

Rakim – The R: The Best Of The Rest Part 6
01 Rakim vs. Midnight Star – Got Me Curious
02 Rakim vs. Porno For Pyros – DJ Muggs and DJ Warrior Mash-Up
03 Jason Nevins vs. Eric B and Rakim – I Know You Got Soul (Original Remix)
04 Jason Nevins vs. Eric B and Rakim – I Know You Got Soul (Breakz Mix)
05 Jason Nevins vs. Eric B and Rakim – I Know You Got Soul (Caba Knoll Remix)
06 Jason Nevins vs. Eric B and Rakim – I Know You Got Soul (Spacekid vs. Funkfried Remix)
07 Jason Nevins vs. Eric B and Rakim – I Know You Got Soul (JN Club Mix)
08 Jason Nevins vs. Eric B and Rakim – I Know You Got Soul (Clap Your Hands Edit)
09 2Pac – Nothin’ Like The Ol’ Skool feat. Slick Rick Rakim and Big Daddy Kane (Cinema Remix)
10 2Pac and The Notorious BIG – Outlawz feat. Rakim
11 Art Of Noise feat. Rakim – Metaforce (Roni Size Mix)
12 DJ Break – KRS-1-My Philosophy bw Gang Starr-DWYCK bw Eric B and Rakim-Pump Up The Volume bw MC Humor bw Slick Rick-Children’s Story – Ghetto Superstar (Break Remix)
13 Eightball and MJG – It’s Been A Long Time feat. Rakim
14 Erykah Badu vs. Eric B and Rakim – On and On (Jayceeoh Remix)
15 Havoc, Jay-Z, Rakim, Jadakiss, Biggie, Prodigy and Nas – Seven MCs
enjoy,
–dirt_dog

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What’s Fuckin’ With This? (Rakim – Know The Ledge)

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

This morning Philaflava O.G. Clark Bent asked name A Tribe Called Quest track better than this? My response was there aren’t many tracks better than this PERIOD. There are songs that have sheer lyrical brilliance, some have adventurous storytelling and some have an infectious beat behind it (think Mass Appeal), but there aren’t many tracks that are as complete and as significant as “Know The Ledge.”

So I ask this question to all of our T.R.O.Y. readers, what track is better than this? Me personally, it comes down to this and My Minds Playing Tricks On Me as my favorite hip-hop song of all-time.

You make the call. –Philaflava

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Rakim – The Seventh Seal Tour (Live @El Rey Theatre) Los Angeles

Saturday, October 31st, 2009


“Eric B ain’t on the cut, but my name is Rakim”






Check out the live performances of Microphone Fiend, Mahogany, Paid In Full & I Know You Got Soul HERE! Subscribe to my channel, I got something cool from this show that I’ll post soon. To see when Rakim is rocking in your city, check the tour dates. Peace.

— Thomas V

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King Sun, Rhymefest, & Percee P – Oct. 28

Friday, October 30th, 2009

This past Wednesday, I went to see the god Rakim @The Seventh Seal Tour in LA. Rhymefest is touring with Rakim. The video I’m posting is just incredible! Let me tell you the story. First, Rhymefest was doing his thing on stage and then he asked if there were any mc’s in the crowd. Percee P, who was in the crowd, tried to catch Rhymefest intention but he didn’t recognize him at first. Rhymefest even said something like “You got cds? You gotta be good to press up your own shit”. After he found out that it was Percee P, Rhymefest went on to rhyme “I’m Percee P, P stands for pimp…”. A couple minutes after that, who do I see coming in the crowd? King Sun! He went close to the stage, Percee P praised him. Then he saw Rhymefest and got on stage. The video starts with Rhymefest introducing the legendary King Sun, who then asks Percee P to jump on stage. Percee P didn’t touch the mic but King Sun killed it when he mentioned him throwing his cds!

I also recorded footage from Rakim’s performance which I have to do some editing before I post it. One thing I’m going to tell you is that there was this security guard that kept telling me & my bro to stop recording. Because of this shit, I didn’t get to record this moment when King Sun praised Rakim live on stage. I’m still mad about not getting it on tape! It was legendary!

One last thing, my brother got to talk to King Sun and while talking about the Strictly Ghetto EP, Sun told him that the track “Street Corner” was Mr. Magic’s last appearance on a record. R.I.P Mr. Magic.

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— Thomas V

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DJ KID GREBO PRESENTS…PAUL C. LIVES VOL. 2 FEAT. PRINCE PO

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
DJ KID GREBO PRESENTS…PAUL C. LIVES VOL. 2

FEAT. PRINCE PO
(of Organized Konfusion)

01. Intro
02. M.C. Outloud- I’ll Put A Hurten’
03. Phase & Rhythm- Hyperactive
04. Eric B & Rakim – Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em
05. Ultramagnetic MC’s- A Chorus Line
06. M.C. Tatiana- Mission To Rock (Scratches done by Paul C!)
07. G. Dane – Coolest Of The Cool
08. Phase & Rhythm- Brainfood
09. Sport G & Mastermind- live
10. Marauder & The Fury- Get Loose Mother Goose
11. Two Shades Of Black- Surrender
12. Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud-Do The James
13. Main Source- Think
14. Queen Latifah & The 45 King- A King And Queen Creation
15. Stezo- Girl Trouble
16. Disco Twins & Star Child- There It Is
17. Grand Master Caz- Casanova’s Rap
18. The Rangers- Jacks On Crack
19. Double Dose- Envious
20. Interlude
21. The Heartbeat Brothers- Bring In The Bassline
22. Mic Profesah- Cry For Freedom
23. Double Delight & DJ Slice Nice- Party Jump
24. Rappers On A Mission- S.O.L.O.
25. Princess Ivori- CrackPipe (changed it all)
26. Ultimate Choice- You Can’t Front (We Will Rock you)
27. Live N Effect Posse- I’m Getting Physical
28. Outro

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Props to DJ Kid Grebo for continuing to keep Paul’s music alive with these dope mixes.

Check out these Paul C. related posts

The Mandolindley Road Show (Paul C. McKasty)
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