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Eric B. & Rakim

One of the premier hip-hop duos of its day, Eric B. & Rakim were instrumental in putting hip-hop on the map. Hailing from NYC, this MC and DJ took hip-hop to the next level—employing a sophistication that demonstrated that rap was more than just a fad.

Featured in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time,” their 1987 debut “Paid in Full” was a landmark album from the start. As “I Ain’t No Joke” plays, its James Brown sample, provided by DJ Eric B, kick-started the ubiquitous presence of the Godfather of Soul across hip-hop recordings for years to come. Meanwhile, rapper Rakim stood out with a delivery that emphasized a conversational flow—a new development for the genre.

From 1987 to 1992, Eric B. & Rakim released four albums that epitomize the Golden Age of Hip-Hop. Influential to this day, the pair reunited in 2018 to bring their flavor of hip-hop to a new audience.

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