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5.0 out of 5 stars This IS (old school) Hip Hop !
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...
Published on 15 Jun 2006 by funksoulbrother

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hip hop was great in '88?
1988. Rap's golden year. LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Ultramagnetic Mc's and of course, Eric B. and Rakim ruled the roost. The music was better, the emcees had more style and a great record was seemingly released every week etc. etc.
Nostalgia is a wonderful thing but when examined up close and personal, "Follow the Leader" doesn't quite cut the...
Published on 29 Jan 2003 by J. Smith


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5.0 out of 5 stars This IS (old school) Hip Hop !, 15 Jun 2006
This review is from: Follow the Leader (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Hip-Hop, 28 May 2001
This review is from: Follow the Leader (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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greats, 15 Mar 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars yes i agree with other reviews, 28 Sep 2012
This review is from: Follow the Leader (Audio CD)
hip hop today all about money gangsta flashy cars. just aint same. like 80,s was. rappin breakin graffiti. buy this cd.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ., 4 Oct 2007
This review is from: Follow the Leader (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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5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC UNDOUTABLY, 19 Jan 2005
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The duo changed the face of the game in 1987 , with the all time classic paid in full. But a year after rakim aka the god mc , along with eric b put out the sophomore release follow the leader. The first album was a successs , but had songs which were done a year before . This album was much more complete , after the duo signed to uni/mca records.
The first three songs on the album , just show that this record is a classic. But others also help at that , microphone fiend , follow the leader , lyrics of fury maybe the top 3 . But no competition , musical massacare are also great -along with the instrumental "eric b is never scared". This lp proved itself to be a great record - and kept the greatness ..
If you recognise real hip hop then you will recognise this album as a great ..............................
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hip hop was great in '88?, 29 Jan 2003
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J. Smith "Jeremy Smith" (Oxford, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Follow the Leader (Audio CD)
1988. Rap's golden year. LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Ultramagnetic Mc's and of course, Eric B. and Rakim ruled the roost. The music was better, the emcees had more style and a great record was seemingly released every week etc. etc.
Nostalgia is a wonderful thing but when examined up close and personal, "Follow the Leader" doesn't quite cut the musical mustard. There are some great individual tracks here ("Put your hands together", "The R")and it is a more complete record than its predecessor, but its a bit like an old girlfriend that you haven't seen a photo of for a while and when you dig it out, you realize that she wasn't quite as beautiful as you'd thought she was. Hip hop was still finding its feet back in 1988 and the best was yet to come, but "Follow the Leader" wasn't quite it.
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