Best Eric B. and Rakim Songs of All Time!

#10. Casualties of War – Rakim was a lot of things during his initial run in the late 80’s and early 90’s, but a “conscious” MC wasn’t really one of his descriptors. He has always been a great lyricist (probably the best), but his songs generally revolved around purely rhyming. In the “Paid In Full” album I don’t believe any of those songs had any subject manner whatsoever. That’s why it’s kind of surprising that a “conscious” record about war would even exist in Ra’s song catalog in the first place. Don’t get me wrong though, “Casualties of War” may sound “unusual” for an Eric B. and Rakim record, but this track is easily one of their very best. Rakim hones into the psyche of a potential U.S. solider in way that you simply don’t see in hip hop music. A lot of conscious thought provoking material is contained in this song, and that’s not something that is typical associated with rap music as a whole…

#09. Move The Crowd – “How could I move the crowd? First of all ain’t no mistakes allowed”… I considered leaving this song off this list for about a half a second before snapping back to my senses…

#08. I Know You Got Soul – “I start to think and then I sink into the paper like I was ink. When I’m writing, I’m trapped in between the lines, I escape when I finish the rhyme.” Incredible!… Yeah that’s all i got 🙂 …

#07. Know the Ledge – I remember when I use to get excited when i would hear the word “trifling” in a hip hop joint. It use to mean that an MC was “going for his”and was essential “showing out” on the mic. Nowadays when i hear the world “trifling” in a song its generally followed by the word “b*tch” and the rap dude is on some Meek Mill sucka sh*t. My how times have changed… (SMH)…

#06. Follow the Leader – “I can take a phrase that’s rarely heard. Flip it – now it’s a daily word”… I have a question? Are people really aware of how dope this man is? Honestly, if you don’t have Rakim in your playlist your not a real hip hop fan. Period!…

#05. I Ain’t No Joke – Remember when Big Pun sampledI wake you up and as I stare in your face you seem stunned. Remember me, the one you got your idea from?” for his song “Tres Leches”? I don’t really have a point to make besides i’m really “bout it bout” when it comes to this hip hop sh*t. Remember that Dogg Pound album “Dog Food”, there’s a line from the Eric B. and Rakim’s song “Paid in Full” that they use for one of their later tracks. I believe it’s called “I Don’t Like To Dream About Getting Paid”. I’m pretty sure you cant even “google” information like that. Anyways you get the point…

#04. My Melody –  “I take 7 emcees put ’em in a line, and add 7 more brothers who think they can rhyme. Well, it’ll take 7 more before I go for mine. Now that’s 21 emcees ate up at the same time…” For anyone who is unaware of hip hop and it’s dense history, these are some of the most iconic “bars” ever written! There’s a reason why Rakim is widely regarded as the greatest rap lyricist ever! Lines like these were “routine” in Eric B. and Rakim’s debut album “Paid in Full”. There’s no album on the planet with more quality lyrics contained within it. None!…

#03. Don’t Sweat the Technique – My girlfriend knows nothing about Eric B. and Rakim, but she loves this song… Hip hop heads “b*tch and complain” about “radio records”, but when it comes down to it there is simply no better way to preserves one’s legacy…

#02. Eric B. Is President – Anyone else notice that Kenan Thompson (from SNL, and Kenan and Kel) looks exactly like Eric b on that “Paid in Full” cover? When I first noticed that a few years back the sh*t had me buggin. Anyway’s… At this point in America’s political history I probably would vote for Eric B. For president. Eric’s performance on “Chinese Arithmetic” is legendary so why the f#ck not?…

#01. Paid In Full – The title track of arguably the greatest hip hop album ever made! Who wouldn’t put this song at #01? It’s the best song on the best album! Whats not to like?…


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