In Hip Hop History Today “Eric B. and Rakim released Follow The Leader” July 26, 1988

Follow the Leader is the second studio album by hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, released on July 26, 1988, by Uni Records. It is the follow-up to their 1987 debut album Paid in Full. The album was recorded at Power Play Studios in New York City, and produced, arranged, and composed by the duo, with additional contributions from Eric B.’s brother Stevie Blass Griffin. While its singles attained moderate success, the album performed better on music charts than Eric B. & Rakim’s debut album and reached number 22 on the U.S. Billboard Pop Albums chart. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, having shipped 500,000 copies in the United States. Released during hip hop’s “golden age”, Follow the Leader was well received by critics and has since been recognized by critics as one of the most groundbreaking, influential, and greatest hip hop albums of all time. Listen to Follow the Leader above.

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