Various – Eric B. & Rakim’s Follow the Leader (Re-Imagined)
- Hay, Reid & Smith
- US - Original
Eric B. & Rakim’s Follow the Leader re-imagined as Jazz!
Re-imagined instrumentals of the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed Follow the Leader album from Eric B. & Rakim. Endorsed and fully supported by Eric B. & Rakim.
Jonathan Hay, Benny Reid, and Mike Smith had numerous discussions on how to respectfully, faithfully, and creatively re-imagine Eric B. & Rakim’s classic 1988 album, Follow the Leader. The difficulty was twofold. One, Follow the Leader is a revered and iconic hip-hop album and had to reflect its adoration. Two, how can it be translated to a jazz style, especially omitting the centerpiece, Rakim’s voice? Reid (lead instrumentalist – tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, bari saxophone, flute) and Hay’s (producer) initial strategy of replaying Rakim’s extended, rhythmically intricate rap verses organically morphed into a more improvised, classic jazz style. The emcee vocal style and flow along with Eric B.’s through-composed instrumentals, served as a model for Hay, Reid, Smith and musician Mani Ajami to draw inspiration.
|A1.||Follow the Leader||02:32|
|A3.||Lyrics of Fury||02:38|
|A4.||Eric B. Never Scared||03:11|
|A5.||Just a Beat||02:19|
|A6.||Put Your Hands Together||04:07|
|B1.||To the Listeners||03:10|
|B5.||Beats for the Listeners||01:29|
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