Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em

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Let the Rhythm Hit ’Em
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Studio album by Eric B & Rakim
ReleasedJune 19, 1990
Genre Hip hop
Label MCA Records
Producer Eric B. & Rakim
Paul C (uncredited)
Large Professor (uncredited)
DJ Mark the 45 King
Eric B & Rakim chronology
Follow The Leader
Let the Rhythm Hit ’Em
Don't Sweat the Technique
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Christgau's Consumer Guide A− [2]
Entertainment Weekly B− [3]
Los Angeles Times Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [4]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [6]
The Source 5/5 [7]

Let the Rhythm Hit ’Em is the third album by rap duo Eric B. & Rakim, released on June 19, 1990. [8] The group's sound develops further, with Rakim adopting a deeper, more aggressive tone of voice, and more mature and serious subject matter. Musically, the production ranges from smoother soulful tracks such as "In the Ghetto" to the hard-edged assault of the title track "Let the Rhythm Hit ’Em."

Album collection of recorded music, words, sounds

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Eric B. & Rakim American hip hop duo

Eric B. & Rakim are a hip hop duo formed in Long Island, New York, in 1986, composed of Eric B. and MC Rakim. AllMusic wrote that "during rap's so-called golden age in the late '80s, Eric B. & Rakim were almost universally recognized as the premier DJ/MC team in all of hip-hop." Tom Terrell of NPR called them "the most influential DJ/MC combo in contemporary pop music period," while the editors of About.com ranked them as No. 5 on their list of the 10 Greatest Hip-Hop Duos of All-Time.


Despite the fact that it didn't produce any hit singles as popular as the duo's previous albums, it is considered by many to be their most coherent album, and is one of only a few rap albums that have received a 5-mic rating when it was reviewed in The Source Magazine.

In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.

The back cover features a dedication to the memories of Rakim's father William and producer Paul C. [ dead link ], who had worked on many of the album's tracks before his murder in July 1989. Paul's protégé Large Professor completed his work. Neither receive credit in the album's notes. [9] [10]

Large Professor rapper, Record producer, Disc Jockey, musician

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Production credits

Much like past Eric B. & Rakim albums, production was credited to the duo. For this album however, production was supposed to be handled by Producer Paul C. Because of his murder in 1989, his protégé, Large Professor (still an unknown beatmaker from Queens who was still in high school) was called upon to complete the album's beats. Large Professor confirmed that Paul produced the songs "Run for Cover", "Untouchables" in full and co-produced the title track. Regarding his contributions, Large Professor confirmed that he did all of "In the Ghetto" based around a sample Paul had given him, the drum programming for "No Omega", and "Step Back". The rest of the production is assumed to have been handled by Rakim, his brother Stevie Blass Griffin and the album engineer, Patrick Adams. Rakim confirmed that Paul C. also produced "Keep 'Em Eager to Listen" and "Set 'Em Straight". Rakim produced "No Omega" based on a sample that Paul had given him. [11] The bonus track on the CD version, a remix of the title track, was produced by DJ Mark the 45 King, who had previously done some beats for Eric B. & Rakim's second album, Follow the Leader. Because of his involvement in the production, Large Professor was chosen by Eric B as a ghost producer for Kool G Rap & DJ Polo's second album, Wanted: Dead or Alive.

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Paul C. McKasty, better known as Paul C, was an East coast hip hop producer, engineer and mixer in the 1980s.

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Three singles were released from the album. The first single "In the Ghetto" charted at #82 and #10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs, making it the weakest single of the three. The second single "Let the Rhythm Hit Em'" charted at #23 and #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs, making it the most successful single of the three. The third and final single "Mahogany" did not chart on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, but it charted on the Hot Rap Songs at #28.

The Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart ranks the most popular R&B and hip hop songs in the United States and is published weekly by Billboard. Rankings are based on a measure of radio airplay, sales data, and streaming activity. The chart had 100 positions but was shortened to 50 positions in October 2012.

Hot Rap Songs is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. It lists the 25 most popular hip-hop/rap songs, calculated weekly by airplay on rhythmic and urban radio stations and sales in hip hop-focused or exclusive markets. Streaming data and digital downloads were added to the methodology of determining chart rankings in 2012. From 1989 through 2001, it was based on how much the single sold in that given week. The most weeks at number one was "Hot Boyz" by Missy Elliott featuring Nas, Eve and Q-Tip, and "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX, singles that were number one for 18 weeks from December 1999 to March 2000 and May 2014 to August 2014.

Track listing

  1. Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em
  2. No Omega
  3. In the Ghetto
  4. Step Back
  5. Eric B. Made My Day
  6. Run for Cover
  7. Untouchables
  8. Mahogany
  9. Keep 'Em Eager to Listen
  10. Set 'Em Straight
  11. Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em (12" vocal version remix) [CD bonus track]

The second single and title track "Let the Rhythm Hit Em'" appeared in the 2007 football video game All-Pro Football 2K8 .

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All-Pro Football 2K8 is an American football game for seventh generation consoles and the spiritual successor to the ESPN NFL 2K series. All-Pro Football 2K8 is the first football game to be published by 2K Sports since EA Sports purchased exclusive licenses to the intellectual properties of the NFL and NFLPA. John Elway, Barry Sanders, and Jerry Rice appear on the cover.

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