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Hip hop was great in '88?,
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.