Eric B. & Rakim discography

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Eric B. & Rakim discography
Studio albums 4
Compilation albums 5
Music videos 9
Singles 15

The discography of Eric B. & Rakim, an American hip hop duo, consists of four studio albums, five compilation albums, 15 singles, and nine music videos. Eric B. & Rakim formed and signed a record deal with Zakia Records in 1985.[1] The following year, the duo signed a deal with 4th & B'way Records.[1] Their debut album Paid in Full was released in 1987. In the United States, it peaked at number 58 on the Billboard 200,[2] number 8 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums,[2] and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[3] It appeared on the Dutch,[4] New Zealand,[5] and UK Albums Chart.[6] Paid in Full produced five singles, four of which appeared on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.[7] The fifth single "Paid in Full" (1988) peaked in the top five of the Dutch[4] and New Zealand Singles Chart.[5]

In 1988, Eric B. & Rakim released their second studio album Follow the Leader. It peaked at number 22 on the Billboard 200,[2] number 7 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums,[2] and was certified gold by the RIAA.[3] The album peaked at 25 on the UK Albums Chart,[6] and appeared on the Swedish,[8] Dutch,[4] and New Zealand Albums Chart.[5] Three songs from the album were released as singles: "Follow the Leader", "Microphone Fiend", and "The R", the first and last of which appeared on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.[7] The duo's third studio album Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em was released in 1990. It peaked at number 32 on the Billboard 200,[2] number 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums,[2] and was certified gold by the RIAA.[3] The album appeared on the UK[6] and Dutch Albums Chart.[4] Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em spawned three singles, including the title track and "In the Ghetto", both of which peaked within the top 10 on US Hot Rap Tracks.[9]

Don't Sweat the Technique (1992) was the duo's fourth studio album. It peaked at number 22 on the Billboard 200[2] and number 9 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[7] It appeared on the UK Albums chart.[6] Four songs, all of which appeared in the top 40 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, were released as singles from the album.[7] The title track, released as the third single, topped Hot Rap Tracks.[9] In 1992 after Don't Sweat the Technique, Eric B. & Rakim disbanded.[1] From 2001 to 2010, five compilation albums have been released: 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Eric B. & Rakim (2001), Classic (2003), Gold (2005), Repaid in Full: The Paid in Full Remixed (2008), and Rarities Edition: Paid in Full (2010). None of these albums charted.

Albums

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[2]
US R&B
[2]
NL
[4]
NZ
[5]
SWE
[8]
UK
[6]
Paid in Full 58 8 30 41 85
Follow the Leader
  • Released: July 26, 1988
  • Label: Uni
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
22 7 43 46 35 25
  • RIAA: Gold[3]
Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em
  • Released: June 19, 1990
  • Label: MCA
  • Format: CD, LP
32 10 90 58
  • RIAA: Gold[3]
Don't Sweat the Technique
  • Released: June 23, 1992
  • Label: MCA
  • Format: CD, CS
22 9 73
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums

List of compilation albums
Title Album details
20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Eric B. & Rakim[10]
  • Released: June 19, 2001
  • Label: Hip-O
  • Format: CD
Classic[11]
  • Released: April 22, 2003
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: CD
Gold[12]
  • Released: June 14, 2005
  • Label: Hip-O
  • Format: CD
Repaid in Full: The Paid in Full Remixed[13]
Rarities Edition: Paid in Full[14]
  • Released: January 5, 2010
  • Label: Island
  • Format: CD

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[7]
US R&B
[7]
US Rap
[9]
BEL
(FLA)
FRA GER IRE NL
[4]
NZ
[5]
UK
[6]
"Eric B. Is President" 1986 48 Paid in Full
"I Ain't No Joke" 1987 38
"I Know You Got Soul" 64 29 22 40 13
"Move the Crowd" 1988 72 53
"Paid in Full" 65 12 49 27 30 5 2 15
"As the Rhyme Goes On" 81
"Follow the Leader" 16 75 21 Follow the Leader
"Microphone Fiend"[15] 74
"The R" 1989 79 14 76
"In the Ghetto" 1990 82 10 Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em
"Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em" 23 2 81
"Mahogany"[16] 1991 28
"What's on Your Mind" 34 20 Don't Sweat the Technique
"Don't Sweat the Technique" 1992 14 1
"Casualties of War" 23 11
"Juice (Know the Ledge)" 96 36 7 Juice OST / Don't Sweat the Technique
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[17]
US R&B
[17]
NL
[18]
NZ
[19]
UK
[6]
"Friends"
(Jody Watley featuring Eric B. & Rakim)
1989 9 3 25 31 21 Larger than Life

Music videos

List of music videos, with directors
Title Year Director(s)
"I Ain't No Joke" 1987 Vivien Goldman, Mick Sawyer[20]
"Move the Crowd" Bill Dill[20]
"Paid in Full" Bruno Tilley[20]
"Follow the Leader" 1988 Scott Kalvert[20]
"Microphone Fiend"
"In the Ghetto" 1990 [20]
"Don't Sweat the Technique" 1992 Demian Lichtenstein[20]
"Juice (Know the Ledge)" Kevin Bray[20]
"Casualties of War" Peter Darley Miller[20]
"—" denotes unknown director.

As featured artist

List of music videos, with directors
Title Year Director(s)
"Friends"
(Jody Watley featuring Eric B. & Rakim)
1989 Jim Sonzero[20]

References

  1. ^ a b c Huey, Steve. "Eric B. & Rakim: Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on February 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Eric B. & Rakim: Charts & Awards: Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on February 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "RIAA – Searchable Database: Eric B". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Discographie Eric B.". Dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Archived from the original on October 6, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Discography Eric B.". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Eric B & Rakim". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f For US and US R&B singles peaks:
    • For "Eric B. Is President", "I Ain't No Joke", "I Know You Got Soul", "Move the Crowd", and "Paid in Full": "Paid in Full – Eric B. & Rakim: Charts & Awards: Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
    • For "Follow the Leader" and "The R": "Follow the Leader – Eric B. & Rakim: Charts & Awards: Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
    • For "In the Ghetto", "Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em", and "Mahogany": "Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em – Eric B. & Rakim: Charts & Awards: Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
    • For "What's on Your Mind", "Casualties of War", and "Don't Sweat the Technique": "Don't Sweat the Technique – Eric B. & Rakim: Charts & Awards: Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
    • For "(Juice) Know the Ledge": "Juice (Original Soundtrack) – Original Soundtrack: Charts & Awards: Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Discography Eric B.". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c "Eric B. & Rakim: Charts & Awards: Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 24, 2011. 
  10. ^ "20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Eric B. & Rakim – Eric B. & Rakim: Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Classic – Eric B. & Rakim: Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Gold – Eric B. & Rakim: Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Repaid in Full: The Paid in Full Remixed – Eric B. & Rakim: Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Rarities Edition: Paid in Full – Eric B. & Rakim: Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Microphone Fiend – Eric B. & Rakim: Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Mahogany (Vinyl Single) – Eric B. & Rakim: Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  17. ^ a b "Larger than Life – Jody Watley: Charts & Awards: Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Discographie Jody Watley". Dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Discography Jody Watley". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Eric B. & Rakim". Vevo. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
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