Sunday, December 21, 2008

December 21, 2008: Eric B & Rakim - "I Ain't No Joke"

My wife has been lobbying for some hip hop on Greatest Song of the Day for a while, so I thought I might as well start with the best.

Though their partnership was short and their breakup ugly, the combination of the respective talents of DJ Eric B and emcee Rakim produced some of the greatest and most innovative old school hip hop. I do not consider myself a hip hop connoisseur by any means, but I know what I like and I consider Rakim to be the best rapper I have ever heard. The first two albums in particular (Paid In Full and Follow the Leader) should be staples in any music library that contains the likes of Nas, Jay-Z, or Mos Def.

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