August 17, 2018

Eric B. & Rakim "Juice (Know The Ledge)" G.O.A.T.

I feel like I'm gonna be redundant here, but my favorite hip-hop track of ALL time? Eric B. & Rakim's "Juice" (Know The Ledge). I don't even sway in my opinion - it's as consistent today as it was in the early 90s. "Juice (Know The Ledge)" embodies everything I want in my hip-hop: Driven lyrics over a moving beat, an ill bassline, and fresh cuts. It helps that the visuals match the track and we had a classic movie to go above and beyond that. Rakim was it to me ... he wasn't like anything before him and he shifted everything about flow afterwards. I had NO clue what Eric. B or Rakim looked like in the earlier years; I hadn't seen them live or in a video, but I heard the music and created a solid image in my head. It's not often that the artist looks JUST like what you had in your mind. And, if you see Rakim in 2018 ... if you see Large Professor in '18 ... these are the OGs in the game that helped make it what it is today and they absolutely still carry on tradition. Sip the Juice!