Follow the Leader

Follow the Leader

Eric B. & Rakim

“Follow the Leader” was the first single and title track from Eric B. & Rakim’s second album, Follow the Leader.

A lyrical step up from the already incredible Paid in Full album, this track really showcased Rakim’s lyrical prowess. He takes the listener on a metaphorical voyage into outer space.

The song peaked at #9 on the Rap/Hip Hop charts when it was released in 1988, and has since become one of Eric B. & Rakim’s most recognized singles.

Samples of the song include “Nautilus” by Bob James, “Listen To Me” by Baby Huey, “I Wouldn’t Change a Thing” by Coke Escovedo, and Eric B. & Rakim’s very own “I Know You Got Soul” (from their first album, “Paid in Full”).

“Follow the Leader” contains exactly 100 bars rapped, with 32 on the first two verses and 36 on the final verse. His impeccable cadence and imagery throughout should give the listener a taste of why he is often ranked as the greatest emcee of all time, with entities such as Allmusic, The Source, and MTV consistently naming him #1 or within the top 5 of all emcees in the history of hip-hop for his delivery and technical ability.