12 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

By the time Don’t Sweat the Technique appeared in 1992, Eric B. & Rakim were divorced in everything but name. The one track produced by Eric—the relatively gentle “What’s on Your Mind?”—feels separate from the rest of the album, a vision of hard-edged New York City jazz-rap. If not for the album’s cover art, “Rest Assured,” “Casualties,” and “Don’t Sweat the Technique” might be better regarded. They're the equals of canonical songs by Main Source and Gang Starr, and more than any other works from this era, they set the stage for Nas’ Illmatic, the impending apotheosis of New York street rap.

EDITORS’ NOTES

By the time Don’t Sweat the Technique appeared in 1992, Eric B. & Rakim were divorced in everything but name. The one track produced by Eric—the relatively gentle “What’s on Your Mind?”—feels separate from the rest of the album, a vision of hard-edged New York City jazz-rap. If not for the album’s cover art, “Rest Assured,” “Casualties,” and “Don’t Sweat the Technique” might be better regarded. They're the equals of canonical songs by Main Source and Gang Starr, and more than any other works from this era, they set the stage for Nas’ Illmatic, the impending apotheosis of New York street rap.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
77 Ratings
77 Ratings
pitsruler ,

The blueprint

This is what Hip-Hop is all about, and no longer is. More rappers now a days should listen to this and start from scratch.

Emmanuel Silva ,

Its Hiptastic

This album makes me think of brooklyn and basketball for some reason, but it is a great hip hop and this is a great example of hip hop from those days. They are one of my favorites dsingers and one of the best

irritable rastafarian ,

dont sweat the technique

a perfect example of great rap from the early 90's

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