This weekend (22nd May 2015) marks the 25th Anniversary of the release of Eric B & Rakim’s 3rd studio album ‘Let The Rhythm Hit Em’. It would be the duo’s penultimate Long Player, Rakim leaving to pursue a solo career following the release of 1992’s ‘Don’t Sweat the Technique’. Both sonically and visually (the cover displaying the duo sporting gold jewellery in poses more typically associated with the late 80s), the album is less progressive than much of the year’s output (see A Tribe Called Quest, X-Clan and others). That said, the album is widely considered a classic of the day primarily based on its lyricism and received the much coveted 5 mic rating in The Source. The album comes in at number 7 in Ego Trips Top 25 Rap albums of 1990. Chris Read’s remix of the title cut appears on our Classic Material 1990 Bonus Tracks.
Stream the full album on Youtube here.
[Purchase physical copies / check release details on Discogs here]