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  • Audio CD (11 Sept. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000001BZQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,767 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Follow The Leader
2. Microphone Fiend
3. Lyrics Of Fury
4. Eric B. Never Scared
5. Just A Beat
6. Put Your Hands Together
7. To The Listeners
8. No Competition
9. The R
10. Musical Massacre
11. Beats For The Listeners

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Eric B & Rakim ~ Follow The Leader

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By funksoulbrother on 15 Jun. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Aaaaaahhhhhh........this brings back memories of when hip hop was all about the beats & the rhymes - none of this bling wearin',money flashin',gun blazin',gangsta braggin' stuff. Rakim is the original lyrical god of the m.i.c. The first 3 tracks on this album are an absolute knockout - the 'holy trinity' if you like. Listening to the title track still sends shivers down my spine.......it's that good.
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By 77 on 4 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I'm not the kinda guy to mindlessly give about definitive statements about albums, but here we go: best opening three tracks of any album.

Seriously, what's touching it? Opening with 20 or so seconds of speaker-shattering bass rumble, 'Follow the Leader' immediately shatters the notion of the duo falling off from their debut. Far from it; it's their best moment. 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. Those lines play in my mind for days every time I hear it. Adding to the fact that this is followed by two more classic cuts ('Microphone Fiend' and 'Lyrics of Fury' - both as annihilating and endlessly quotable as the opener), you could be forgiven for thinking this is hip hop's greatest achievement. However, as with their debut, a couple of throwaway instrumentals slow the album's pace down considerably. Nonetheless, 'Musical Massacre' is worth waiting for, proving that this second half isn't entirely worthless. I can't believe I'm actually ripping into this album even slightly! It does deserve it, and it definitely isn't perfect, but the 15-minute two man assault that greets you following you pressing 'play' is worth the entrance fee alone! Flawed but no less classic.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T Waits on 28 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
In wake of many faker's with fat gold-rings and huge bugaloo glasses Eric B & Rakim stormed the hip-hop world with this epic of pure bass proportions. Masterpieces like microphone fiend have been dissected and studied by many of todays artists, (rage against the machine, fatboy slim, fun lovin criminals etc), and only now can this album be truly appreciated!! Voted no.2 in the greatest rap albums of all time by Source magazine...THIS IS ESSENTIAL HIP-HOP!!!
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Rakim is one of the greatest rappers, with a unique style and charisma, the music has not dated, still fresh
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