Eric B. & Rakim Name Their 5 Most Important Hip-Hop Songs Of All-Time (Video)
Eric B. & Rakim were on-hand for a celebration at Mikey Likes It Ice Cream shop in New York City’s Lower East Side last week. Currently celebrating 30 years since Follow The Leader, the Queens DJ/producer and the Long Island MC/producer collaborated in listing five of the most important Rap songs of all-time.
“I think for us, the Sugarhill Gang [‘Rapper’s Delight’] is the record that really took us into where we are now,” Eric says of the Englewood, New Jersey trio’s 1979 smash hit. Rakim follows putting Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five’s “The Message” and T La Rock’s “It’s Yours” on the list. That makes two Sugar Hill Records inclusions in total. Then, Ra’ shouts out JAY-Z’s 1998 hit “Hard Knock Life.” As Eric closes out the five, he salutes Nas, JAY-Z, LL Cool J, and Run-D.M.C., without naming songs. As Eric continues, Rakim interrupts to shout out M.O.P.’s 2000 hit, “Ante Up.” Eric agrees as Ra details, “One of the illest records, ever.”
This summer, the reunited and touring duo released The Complete Collection 1987-1992. In addition to the legendary crew’s four albums, two discs of rare, official remixes, it also comes with a 36-page deluxe booklet, the albums’ original liner notes, a ridged slipcase and more. The Universal Music Group release is part of the Urban Legends series.
As a solo artist, Rakim worked with Jay on “The Watcher 2.” M.O.P.’s Lil Fame also produced and featured on a Rakim song called “I’m Back.” That song appeared on an Ecko Unlimited mixtape.
On his own list of five of his favorite Hip-Hop songs earlier this month, Nas listed “Eric B. Is President.”