One of the dopest hip hop albums dropped 30 years ago today. Eric B & Rakim released their classic a little over a year after their debut album, Paid in Full. When you think about the original Golden Era of hip hop, Eric B & Rakim comes to mind. Rakim is still viewed by many as the greatest MC of all-time. Rakim also set the blueprint for as how rappers spit on their tracks and bringing lyrics to the forefront. Follow the Leader has stood the test of time because lyrics will never go out of style for real hip hop fans. Follow the Leader has appeared on numerous lists when talking about the greatest hip hop albums of all-time. The album started off with the title track, Follow the Leader. Incredibly dope joint and you can peep the video below.
Microphone Fiend was another single released from the album and the title speaks for itself. After releasing their Don’t Sweat the Technique album in 1992, they went their separate ways. Rakim released three solo albums afterwards and was featured on several tracks. On October 20, 2016, it was announced via Twitter that Rakim has reunited with Eric B. after 23 years of dissolution. The duo teased a potential reunion tour the next morning, hosting a poll for the fans to give their opinion on what city Eric B. & Rakim should start the tour. They have toured ever since some of us old-school hip hop heads would love some new music from these two legends.
If you haven’t heard the album or want to relive some memories, check it out here or stream it above. What are your thoughts about Eric B & Rakim? How about their Follow the Leader album? Leave a comment about Eric B & Rakim and their Follow the Leader album.