Today In Hip-Hop: Eric B. & Rakim Releases ‘Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em’

On this day, May 22, in hip-hop history... 1990: On May 22, 1990, hip-hop duo Eric B & Rakim dropped their third studio album, Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em. Just two LPs in, Eric B. and Rakim were already considered the faces of Rap’s golden age. Paid In Full introduced dense multisyllabic rhyme schemes and reapplied the arts of sampling and turntable mixing; Follow The Leader saw the duo experimenting with wider musical influences. But with Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em, Rakim Allah added a vital element to his already versatile rap repertoire: narratives and storytelling. In 1990, the New York duo signed ...

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