Saturday Sample Sessions – Eric B & Rakim

Today’s Saturday Sample Sessions will examine a song by Eric B & Rakim.

Let The Rhythm Hit ‘EM

‘Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em’ was the 3rd studio release from Eric B & Rakim. The album featured tracks like Run For Cover, Untouchables, and Keep ‘Em Eager to Listen. Though it didn’t produce any major hits, it was considered to be their most coherent album. The back cover features a dedication to the memories of Rakim’s father William and producer Paul C.

The producer 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. 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.

Saturday Sample Session- Eric B & Rakim
Large Professor

It was 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 album received a 5 mic review in The Source and was named one of 100 best rap albums.


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. But many hip hop classics don’t chart. And Mahogany was a classic. This song was a departure from Rakim’s usual subject matter.

As we reached the kingdom, she said bring some
Champagne, she’ll entertain then sing some
Sentimental, songs real gentle
It hit the spot and you know where it went to
As we embraced I felt her heart pumpin’
I knew she was in the mood for somethin’
So I laid on my back and relaxed
It wasn’t the Perignon that made her collapse

Fans got to see another side of the God MC as he rapped about a female love interest. Rakim finessed this track with his swagger still intact. (I didn’t mean for that to rhyme, it just happened).

The sample used for Mahogany comes from I’m Glad You’re Mine by Al Green. Listen to both songs below and tell me what you think. And don’t forget to give suggestions for the next Saturday Sample Sessions.

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