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Name: Eric B.  
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Date of Birth: 8th November 1965
Place of Birth: Elmhurst, New York, USA
Profession: Composer
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Eric B. & Rakim

Eric B. & Rakim were an East Coast hip hop duo that popularized the James Brown-sampled funky hip hop of the late 1980s. Eric B. is considered to be one of the great DJs and record producers of the late 1980s, while Rakim is widely considered to be one of hip hop's best MCs ever.

Eric Barrier (Eric B.) and William Griffin (Rakim) began recording together in the middle of the decade with "Eric B. Is President" (1986 in music) from Zakia records in Harlem, New York City. Paid in Full and Follow the Leader were their full-length debuts and were hits by hip hop's standards at the time. Their last album together was Don't Sweat the Technique (1992 in music). Eric B. has begun a solo career on his own 95th Street Records label, as well as serving on various production teams (including working with Dr. Dre).

In the late 1990s, Rakim released two solo albums which were deemed mediocre by critics and nearly ignored commercially. He signed with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment, and the two began work on an album that was to be titled Oh My God. However, in July 2003, the Aftermath website announced that Rakim and Dr. Dre had parted ways.


  • Download sample of "Follow the Leader" from Follow the Leader


Eric B. & Rakim:

  • Paid in Full (1987)
  • Follow the Leader (1988)
  • Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em (1990)
  • Don't Sweat the Technique (1992)

Rakim (solo albums):

  • The 18th Letter (1997)
  • The Master (1999)

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