Eric B. & Rakim
Eligible since: 2011 (The 2012 Induction Ceremony)
Nominated in: 2012
Previously Considered? Yes what's this?
Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2023 (ranked #275) .
|Essential Albums (?)||Wikipedia||Amazon MP3||Amazon CD|
|Paid In Full (1987)||☆||♫||♁|
|Follow the Leader (1988)||☆||♫||♁|
|Essential Songs (?)||Wikipedia||Amazon MP3||YouTube|
|Paid in Full (1987)||☆||♫||☊|
|I Know You Got Soul (1987)||☆||♫||☊|
|Follow The Leader (1988)||☆||♫||☊|
Eric B. & Rakim @ Wikipedia
Eric B. & Rakim Videos
Comments34 comments so far (post your own)
If we're talking about innovation and influence, Eric B & Rakim should be a shoo-in. Without doubt one of the very best rappers of all time, Rakim influenced everyone that came after him.
His Style is identical to None, He Really Knew How to Move a Crowd, The R
Posted by Jason on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 20:13pm
I don't see why not. They were pioneers of self hip-hop before 2Pac.
Posted by Seth on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 19:57pm
Rakim's the best lyricist ever, and Paid in Full is one of the best albums ever.
Posted by KMC on Monday, 12.31.07 @ 20:56pm
Paid in Full - one of the great rap clasics of all time
Posted by Stewie on Tuesday, 01.1.08 @ 09:18am
Follow The Leader is a classic also. Doin' it wit' The R...
Posted by Joe-Skee on Wednesday, 01.2.08 @ 09:02am
Look LL COOL J is Pop and Commercial. In all most every album he would chance his style to adapt to what ever fade of Rap/ Hip-hop is out that year. Rakim and Eric B kept it real and fresh despite the changes rap/hip-hop went through. They came in with one style and from that influenced so many artist after them. They meet all the requirements and yes they should be the Hall of Fame, along side RunDMC.
Posted by AfterDigital on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 08:40am
Well, gee wiz!!! Why don't we put these guys right in with The Archies and Mungo Jerry!!! I'd like to think I follow music pretty good, and I've never heard of them! Maybe if they start a hip/hop hall of fame (which most assuredly will NOT feature any rockers!!).
Posted by Terry on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 14:02pm
"I'd like to think I follow music pretty good, and I've never heard of them!"
Posted by Liam on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 14:14pm
"Rapping is as much a skill as playing any instrument."
Posted by Terry on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 14:23pm
...which you promptly hammered on...lol!!!
Posted by Terry on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 14:25pm
Liam..."ignorance" is a good word for me when it comes to rap, I liked some of it in the beginning but now a lot of it just grates on me, and if something grates on me, I ignore it! Not crazy about some of the lyrical content, either.
Posted by Terry on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 14:29pm
There's a big difference between vocally disliking a genre and vocally disliking a certain group.
Posted by Liam on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 14:37pm
I'll give them a listen, because I don't know that I've heard it. Like I said, there was some that I did like initially...including Grandmaster Flash.
Posted by Terry on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 14:44pm
OK, if you do, keep in mind that Dizzee Rascal (the guy who made "Boy In Da Corner") is actually from London - just in case you cna't place his accent!
Posted by Liam on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 14:50pm
I listened to a song called "Fix Up, Look Sharp" by Dizzee Rascal...I really liked it!! Great backbeat!!!
Posted by Terry on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 15:15pm
Eric B and Rakim continue to influence rap music in terms of lyrical skill, and deserve this nomination.
Posted by NC on Wednesday, 07.30.08 @ 12:56pm
Rakim is the most influential rapper of all time.You can hear some rakim in lots of rappers.
Posted by Chris on Monday, 12.1.08 @ 21:14pm
Posted by Leon on Wednesday, 12.10.08 @ 19:32pm
This is a no-brainer Eric.B & Rakim should get in without a doubt.It's time to see is the RnR hall of fame actually knows anything about hip-hop because if they dont get in and the beastie boys get in im going to be furious cause Eric.B & Rakim are what real hip-hop is all about.
Posted by Chris on Saturday, 01.3.09 @ 15:06pm
I don't see why Rap should have to incorporate instruments (although plenty of them do - notably The Beasties). Rapping is as much a skill as playing any instrument.
Posted by Jay on Friday, 02.6.09 @ 11:41am
DJ Hero ...
Posted by Joe-Skee on Saturday, 10.31.09 @ 10:38am
I'd be fine with their induction, though I'm not really familiar with the music.
Posted by Sam on Sunday, 09.26.10 @ 05:32am
I believe it's highly likely Eric B. & Rakim will be inducted. In their era, as I remember it, (and still to this day) they were recognized by many in the game as innovators, renowned for being some of the best doing it, with many looking up to them, their style and technique. As far as them being a "rap" act being inducted into the "rock" Hall of Fame? If you look through the list of past inductees, how many have you found to be based SOLELY within the "Rock" genre, but nonetheless inducted? My last words- Erik B. Is President!
Posted by cya on Thursday, 12.2.10 @ 22:26pm
If the hall of fame is at all serious about recognizing Hip-Hop they need to induct these guys. Rakim is one of the founders of modern hip-hop, and just about every MC worth a damn will tell you he influenced them.
Posted by MJS on Sunday, 12.19.10 @ 12:59pm
With them eligible, at least the nominating committee won't have to vote for L.L. Cool J again!
Posted by Sounder on Saturday, 07.9.11 @ 01:02am
There should be a rap hall of fame so that legitimate "ROCK AND ROLL" bands can actually be inducted into the RNR HOF instead of pure Rap. There's no denying that these 2 guys are talented but they're not Rock and Roll
Posted by danny on Saturday, 10.1.11 @ 16:36pm
shut up danny
Posted by tron on Monday, 10.10.11 @ 14:47pm
Hip Hop/Rap is another sub-genre of Rock & Roll. Any hip hop artist who's influence has left its mark on all genres of music is worthy of a psot in the R&R Hall. Many hip hop fans and artists list Rakim as the great MC there is. Eric B & Rakim may not have had major success outside the hip hop community, but their influence on the Hip hop world in undeniable. They have even been a major influence on the Hip hop Artists already inducted into the hall. They definitely deserve a spot.
Posted by Kel Arroyo on Thursday, 12.8.11 @ 00:33am
its not the rap hall of fame!!!!
Posted by atom bomb on Wednesday, 12.21.11 @ 23:10pm
Shut up atom bomb
Posted by Tron on Monday, 07.2.12 @ 22:00pm
Eric B. & Rakim (especially) greatly influenced a MANY of the newer rappers today. Old AND new school rappers talk about his style which was one of a kind.
Posted by James on Saturday, 08.17.13 @ 22:10pm
Along with N.W.A. this duo should be the next hip hop artist to go in.....Rakim is still constantly mentioned at the top of the all-time MC lists that appear every so often.
Posted by Boar on Saturday, 05.23.15 @ 09:36am
Yes he deserves to be in the hall. But greatest Hip-Hop lyricist of all time? No that would be Aesop Rock, an underground rapper who stands no chance of ever getting in the Hall, because he isn't known enough.
Posted by Michael on Wednesday, 06.22.16 @ 15:21pm
This site is not affiliated with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.