Eric B. & Rakim

The title cut of Eric B. & Rakim’s third album—considered to be another one of the group’s genre-defining releases (5-mikes in “The Source”)—recalls the days when hip-hop seemed dangerous and artful at the same time. Ra’s chilling, dead-eye delivery, the track’s collage of samples and that killer bass line lend a sense of breakneck urgency that’s only enhanced by the video’s frenetic camera work. Gangsta bully clichés aside (like that midget pimp), “Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em” is easily one of hip-hop’s shining moments.

TRIVIA QUESTION: Which Bob James samples were used in this song? Leave your answers in the comments section.

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