Eric B. & Rakim

By Eric Brightwell

 

Listen to most hip-hop from its infancy and the most noticeable thing is how different it sounds from what dominates the radio today.  Truly old school hip-hop usually took a simple disco sample and then tossed on some beat-bound, playground-silly rapping about parties – punctuated with liberal scatting that suggested the MC wasn’t particularly bothered with making a statement. Nothing wrong with that, mind you, but hip hop was, with a few notable exceptions, light fare. All that changed with the arrival of a scowling duo that, with their arrival on the... Read More

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