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Thursday, June 19, 2008

What You’ve Been Waiting For

posted by on June 19 at 12:36 PM

Long and hard thought has finally produced an answer to this question: What is the greatest rap record in the history of hiphop?
rakim-1.jpg The answer? It’s one you can’t disagree with: “Follow the Leader” by Eric B. and Rakim.

Everything that is great about hiphop is in that track: futurism, lyricism, politics, modernism, and experimentalism. It’s at once a revolution in sound and a reaffirmation of traditional hiphop themes and tropes. And it’s spacy sample and hyperdrive beat transport the listener to a vector of the imagination that is outside of the limits of time. The track will never grow old.

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yawn, dude! everybody says that in like every single rap book and I WILL argue with it.
I think this best rap record of all time is
"Beats To The Rhyme" by Run-DMC. And I'm totally right.

Posted by lar | June 19, 2008 1:29 PM

Agreed, Mr Mudede.

I happened to be listening to some tracks off that record on the iPod a few days ago. Hadn't checked out the Eric B & Rakim in a long while before then.

Posted by Grrr | June 19, 2008 1:42 PM

lars: "Beats To The Rhyme" is certainly number two on my list. Pure hiphop. Now, lar, what is the innovation in that track that separated it from the pack? Do you know?

Posted by charles mudede | June 19, 2008 2:29 PM

i don't know about all this innovation talk, but i DO know dyme def sounds cool over rakim samples

Posted by ndrwmtsn | June 19, 2008 2:49 PM

'innovation' is not my qualifier for #1 hiphop song of all time.

maybe if i was going for #1 most innovative.

the best hiphop makes you, as LL said, make 'that face'. "Follow The Leader" is incredible, but it's more a chin-stroker than a face-masher to me. "Beats To The Rhyme" is raw, and raw is paramount.

Posted by lar | June 19, 2008 3:56 PM

Charles, you're opinions that are presented as fact are as lame as that 2pac pic.

Posted by newsflasher | June 20, 2008 8:50 AM
Posted by pete maravich's socks | June 20, 2008 8:51 AM


With all due respect, "the best is the enemy of the good."

"Follow The Leader" is an all-the-way-live cut, though. Just like "Fight the Power."

Posted by Jeff Stevens | June 20, 2008 12:01 PM

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