Don't Sweat the Technique
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||What's on Your Mind?||Eric B. & Rakim||5:31||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Teach the Children||Eric B. & Rakim||3:01||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Pass the Hand Grenade||Eric B. & Rakim||3:14||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Casualties of War||Eric B. & Rakim||4:02||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Rest Assured||Eric B. & Rakim||3:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Punisher||Eric B. & Rakim||4:10||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Relax with Pep||Eric B. & Rakim||4:00||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Keep the Beat||Eric B. & Rakim||4:15||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||What's Going On?||Eric B. & Rakim||3:52||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Know the Ledge||Eric B. & Rakim||3:58||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Don't Sweat the Technique||Eric B. & Rakim||4:22||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Kick Along||Eric B. & Rakim||3:26||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Starting with their 1986 debut, Paid in Full, Eric B. and Rakim earned raves for Eric B.'s often flawless, judicious productions and Rakim's serious yet relentlessly rhythmic rhyming style. This 1992 album finds the duo picking up from where they left off of 1990's Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em. "What's on Your Mind" has Rakim with intents to woo under a bubbling track. That track aside, Don't Sweat the Technique has Rakim in bleak spirits as thoughts of combat, revenge, and unfortunate "accidents" are not far from his mind. "Casualties of War" has Rakim as an all-purpose psycho with the unsettling hook, "I get a rush when I see blood and dead bodies on the floor." Although it's supposed to be gripping, the thought of a war-ravaged Rakim with his pistols blazing after hearing a truck backfiring is hilarious. All of Don't Sweat the Technique would be more disturbing if it wasn't for the brilliant ear of Eric B. who can cut the tension and exact magic out of a going-nowhere track. Although the lyrics and premise of "What's Going On" aren't extremely sharp, the cracking snare drums and low bass riffs are a perfect compliment to Rakim's delivery. The title track is also jazz influenced, but not as potent as the Simon Law and Mr. Lee's Funky Ginger remixes that don't appear here. Like many albums of this type, Don't Sweat the Technique ends on tracks of little distinction but it is another strong effort from one of rap's most respected acts.
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.
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
dont sweat the technique
a perfect example of great rap from the early 90's