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Eric B & Rakim – I Ain’t No Joke (1987)


Eric B & Rakim 1987

Eric Barrier and William Griffin (Rakim) benefitted from both having the talent and being in the right place at the right time. Vivien’s Goldman’s video depicts what being a hip-hop artist in 1987 New York City actually meant. According to the director, Flavor Flav ended up scene-stealing because he was always about and that’s just what he did. Despite the extended family, Rakim shows the self-belief that have made listeners consider him to be the G.O.A.T. ‘I Ain’t No Joke’ was the second single from Eric B. & Rakim’s classic album Paid In Full. 1-2-3, “You could get a smack for this”. Pure nostalgia. Have a great week.

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Eric B. And Rakim ‎- I Know You Got Soul (1987)


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“It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you/Without a strong rhyme, to step to”. Those immortal words are from the pioneering MC Rakim, and occur immediately after Eric B’s brilliant drum sample spot from Funkadelic’s ‘You’ll Like It Too’. In 1987, ‘I Know You Got Soul’ would have a huge impact; its use of George Clinton and JB-associated samples would become the default artistic path for hip hop artists. And by naming the track after Bobby Byrd’s classic funk workout, which they sample throughout, these guys were lighting the way. The following year, the inferior M|A|R|R|S derivative ‘Pump Up the Volume’ and Norman Cook (Double Trouble) remix would take the dance floors by storm.

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Eric B. & Rakim – Paid In Full (1987)


In 1988, Eric Barrier and Rakim Allah exploded onto the hip hop scene with their sublime debut album Paid in Full. With its stripped-down production, Eric B’s clever sample of Chuck Brown’s ‘Ashley’s Roach Clip’ and Rakim’s state-of-the-art technique on the mic, the title cut was genre definingIn fact, its percussion track actually became so sampled itself, it has become part of the fabric of hip hop. This was a golden age.

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The Salsoul Orchestra – Ooh I Love It (1983)

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‘Ooh I Love It’ is more commonly known as ‘Love Break’. And it provided one of the finest breakbeats to be sampled by the early NYC block party scene. But for me, it was Eric B & Rakim’s ‘Paid In Full’ that helped immortalise this classic track. The ‘Orchestra was the backing band for many of the stellar acts on Salsoul Records, but with this track and ‘Runaway’ (featuring Loleatta Holloway), they more than made their own impact.

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