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Follow The Leader

Eric B. & RakimAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Follow The Leader 5:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Microphone Fiend 5:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Lyrics Of Fury 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Eric B. Never Scared 5:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 31, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000001BZQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

After getting paid in full on their near-perfect 1987 debut, success didn't spoil the legendary Eric B. and Rakim on their 1988 follow-up. A more complete "album" than their previous singles-dominated release, Follow the Leader still stands as one of the definitive documents of hip-hop's fabled golden age. Though Eric B contributes strong production and two early turntablist blueprints ("Eric B. Never Scared" and "Just a Beat"), this was clearly Rakim's time to shine. His smooth baritone flow never tires, even when the album's energy wanes in the second half. Rakim's verses on the album's first three tracks ("Follow the Leader," "Microphone Fiend," and "Lyrics of Fury") are the stuff of hip-hop legend, and the subject matter rarely strays from the swaggering, chest-thumping template of these three classics. On "Follow the Leader," he confidently boasts "I can take a phrase that's rarely heard / Flip it / Now it's a daily word." He ain't no joke. --Hua Hsu

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Follow The Leader by Eric B. & Rakim

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unimpeachable classic February 4, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album on cassette in early '89 when I was in high school. It single-handedly taught me to take hip-hop seriously as art. The purity of Rakim's flow and subject matter on the first three tracks -- which have a slamming momentum and intensity -- makes this a classic landmark of rap formalism.
Folks tend to justify liking old tracks by saying "the rhymes and beats were good for the time," but Follow the Leader requires no such contextualizing. If some dude dropped the title track of this album today, people would still flip. Is any rapper with major-label status today kicking figures and similes with the integrity of Rakim in his prime?
"Follow me into a solo / get in the flow, and you can picture like a photo / Music mixed mellow maintains to make / Melodies for MCs, motivates the breaks / I'm everlastin, I can go on for days and days / With rhyme displays that engrave deep as X-rays / I can take a phrase that's rarely heard / Flip it; now it's a daily word ..."
When this pathbreaking album came out in the 80s, it was considered a mainstream rap release. It occupied the same cultural position that wack commercial rappers do today. Eric & Ra were in rotation on Yo! MTV Raps; their singles got air time on my local FM station. I'm hardly the first person to say this, but to compare the explosion of hip-hop creativity in the late 80s with the derelict, pimp/tight whips/Cristal rappers who dominate BET et al. today is to do some serious reflecting on a cultural decline.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Hip Hop history - Rakim shines January 19, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to Rakim ever since his first album - meaning I bought it when it first came out, not 5 years ago and calling myself a Rakim/Hip Hop fan. Anyone who enjoys Hip Hop and tries to appreciate it for its entirety must get this album. While "Paid in Full" is their most well-known achievement, it is "Follow the Leader" that is Rakim's crowning achievement of lyrical mastery. You won't be able to tell until you listen to other hip hop albums of the same date to appreciate Rakim's style and mastery that were years beyond other artists in his industry compared to the weak lyrics of his peers. The songs "Lyrics of Fury" and "Microphone Fiend" are amongst the most powerful freestyles to have been written, EVER. Look at all the wannabe cartel/Capone gangster rappers there are now. All the rappers claiming to "sip Mo'". It was Rakim who hit it first in his videos, but was smart enough not to keep it for so long to make it a gimmick.
While the album does run out of steam towards the end, if you're an old school lover to the fullest, or who enjoys that old Moog, electro-beat sound, then you may enjoy the end just as much as the beginning. Nevertheless, this album is a fantastic bargain and worth the first few songs where Rakim will never be imitated. Listen to "Lyrics of Fury" and think of any other lyricists who might even be able to match him without letting the beats ever overrun him. You'll realize why Rakim is revered as much as he is. If you want something "cool" to listen to, get "Paid in Full" (which you should own already) - but if you're ready to study lyrical mastery, this is it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rakim Allah - Mic God March 24, 2005
By Mike J
Format:Audio CD
The biggest mistake made with people who review albums from Rakim is that they compare them to all his other albums. The idea that any true hip-hopper should "have to" like one Rakim album more than another is foolish. Did Follow the Leader have as big an impact on hip-hop as Paid in Full? Of course not - no one had heard anyone flow like Rakim before or use funk samples as effectively before Paid in Full. Is Paid in Full better than Follow the Leader? Who cares? They are different!!

A better idea would be to compare any Rakim album, take Follow the Leader as example, against any other hip hop album out there. Even albums considered classics in their own right like, say, Straight Outta Compton. As groundbreaking and different as Straight Outta Compton was, it is clearly inferior in terms of lyrical content. Rakim's content takes you deep into the world of street crime, 5% Nation dogma and Divine Mathematics, science, art, history, philosophy, and sociology in a single verse, (see "Follow the Leader"). His meanings are double and triple layered and can literally years of repeated listenings to discipher an entire album. He could spit the most violent and menacing verse in the history of hip-hop and never use a single curse, (see "Lyrics of Fury"). M.C. Ren even admitted that he listened to Rakim when writting his own lyrics for inspiration.

As far as production is concerned, the use of funk samples was pioneered by Eric B and Rakim. Average White Band, Parliament, Funkadelic in addition to the foundational James Brown were used here. But also the influence of jazz musicians like Bob James was clearly visible. This sound was more mature than anything prior to Eric and Ra and does not sound dated by any stretch even today.

Finally you have consistancy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic follow-up to a classic debut-- October 1, 2006
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Rakim's status as a lyricist is unquestioned, and Eric B's beatmaking skills were at their peak here. From beginning to end, there's something to enjoy on this LP. Rakim's freestyles are great, and he would take time for progressive talk & social commentary, never succumbing to gangster-rap cliches.

For a group that never really had crossover success (unless you count the fact that the "Paid in Full" breakbeat showed up in any number of pop records), I'm glad that Universal/Chronicles is taking the time out to explore their hip-hop catalog and expose these pioneering releases to new audiences and old ones alike.

Newer listeners may be thrown off that there are INSTRUMENTALS on this LP, but for this era of rap, it was not unheard of for the DJ of the group (again, nowadays, kind of a rarity) to have a song that showcased their mixing & scratching skills.

I especially dig the fact that bonus cuts were included, like the "The R" extended mix, which opened the hip-hop radio mix show I listened to as a kid.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Rakim is one of the Best MCs ever!!
Love Rakim forever!
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Published 3 months ago by STARR GAZER
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Must Have !
Classic Hip Hop! Been a fan since 11. If you love late 80's and 90's rap then this album is essential.
Published 5 months ago by peaches montgomery
5.0 out of 5 stars all time classic
this was a definitive album at the time and it is still difficult to find anything ahead of some of the strongest tracks here.
Published 10 months ago by John Champion
5.0 out of 5 stars Some good cuts. Rakim was a smooth yet powerfull MC.
Great beats. Killer Rhymes, but the flow is unmatched. Loved this as a youth and it still bumps in 2013.
Published 11 months ago by A Music Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Hip Hop Genius, I'd be surprised if someone else hasn't called them...
I'm well past me prime but was deep in it back when FTL came out; a follow-up to another Classic "Paid in Full". Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. JACKSON
5.0 out of 5 stars True Hip Hop
Hadn't heard this album since the days of cassette tapes. True pioneer of hip hop. One of my favorite rap groups.
Published 12 months ago by DeeEasy!
5.0 out of 5 stars R.A.K.I.M. Reigns Supreme
Ive been tryna get my hands on Follow The Leader for years I finally found it in stores the 2005 version at that it sounds fresh like it was released recently but to the album If... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Roger Rabbit
4.0 out of 5 stars Godfather of hip-hop
I love this album. It brings me back in time when music was pure, hip-hop was hungry to be heard and the media had their grubby hands off production. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Javier Fonticiella
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
The Original Rap in transition to today's modern Rap. This is elolution in real time Gents. We may not see this again...
Published 15 months ago by Catmando
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