Monday, May 11, 2009

Eric B. & Rakim: B-Sides, Rarities & Remixes (Vol. 1)


Over the years, I've come across way too many Top 5 Dead or Alive lists that omitted the almighty Rakim Allah, opting instead for the crowd favorites of 2pac, Biggie, Jay-Z, Nas and Eminem. And admittedly, even on this site, Rakim hasn't gotten as much love as the aforementioned rhymesmiths. So I wanted to change that and shake things up a bit in the process. Though I'll never stop my quest of completing more and more of our patented sample sets, I've decided to do some digging in another direction: hip hop compilations. Luckily, I've already got a sizable collection worth sharing with you! Sure, we've put together several of these kinds of releases already, but I'd like to begin a new focus on compiling artist-specific collections of b-sides, rarities and remixes. And we're starting things off right here, with Volume One of our Eric B. & Rakim collection.

I've always felt that the decline of hip hop -- and, let's face it, the music industry as a whole -- has a lot to do with the all-but-death of the b-side. The b-side often highlighted some exceptional work that was only intended for the fans to enjoy. Nowadays, we've got "bonus tracks" which are, in essence, throwaway/filler tracks that somehow found their way off the cutting room floor. How do you acquire these bonus tracks? Well, to get one of them, you've gotta buy the album at Target. To get another bonus track, you've gotta buy the album again at Best Buy. For two live bonus tracks, you've gotta shell out more cash over on iTunes. And on and on and on. Record execs, are you happy?

I'm getting a bit off-subject here. Our first installment of Eric B. & Rakim: B-Sides, Rarities & Remixes is just the first sampling of an archive that is expected to span at least five volumes! I've even got an all-instrumental volume in the works (Volume Three), so stay posted for that as well. A Rapidshare premium account is recommended, but a love for the good ol' fashioned sounds of golden-era rap is a prerequisite. Welcome to Hip Hop U. Turn it up!








14 comments:

  1. Strong Island .. STAND UP!!!

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  2. yay actual hip hop

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  3. Awesome, unfortunatly, being australian means ive got a mean download quota for night times, so i need to wait until 12pm to dl this. Awesome timing though Ivan, ive been rocking paid in full all week.

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  4. Whoa... this is super. Thanks Ivan!

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  5. I-Van is saying *beats kicks in*

    Dope Post!!!

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  6. white boys love rakim...i personally think ppl got him up on a pedestal...if dude was the ill lyricist that peeps think he is then how come dude aint drop no album or mixtape in a decade?!?

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  7. btw the above comment doesnt necessarily mean i disrespect the work he put in by paving the way for hiphop...thats all good but that was in the 80s....what the dude been up to now? where the hell is eric b?

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  8. Rakim did for hip hop what some might say Bob Marley did for reggae: he set a standard. Just because he's no longer with us (i.e. no longer making music) doesn't mean Bob Marley isn't the reggae GOAT. Likewise, just because Rakim hasn't been putting out new music doesn't mean he doesn't deserve the throne.

    Still, the verse he dropped on "Classic" w/Kanye, Nas & KRS-One was amazing in and of itself.

    I don't really see why you would say that "white boys love Rakim". I'd say that EVERYONE loves him... Right? ...

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  9. dope stuff right here..thx

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  10. Great drop. I was needing that 'In The ghetto' Drums & Rakim mix on mp3 for something. Thanks.

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  11. Unable to download any of these mixtapes (Filesonic says it no longer allows file sharing). Could you send me new links for all of these mixtapes? Thanking you in advance. Blessings!!!

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  12. Yo, my cd with these is scratched & i could've sworn i had these compilations somewhere but apparently i don't. This is my go-to Ra cd, hook me up!

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  13. I do work with these ...like hercules

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