Eric B. & Rakim - Don't Sweat The Technique - 2x LP Colored Vinyl

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Don't Sweat The Technique
Eric B. & Rakim
12" Vinyl


2018 reissue on purple vinyl - Starting with their 1986 debut, Paid in Full, Eric B. and Rakim earned raves for Eric B.'s often flawless, judicious productions and Rakim's serious yet relentlessly rhythmic rhyming style. This 1992 album finds the duo picking up from where they left off of 1990's Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em. "What's on Your Mind" has Rakim with intents to woo under a bubbling track. That track aside, Don't Sweat the Technique has Rakim in bleak spirits as thoughts of combat, revenge, and unfortunate "accidents" are not far from his mind. "Casualties of War" has Rakim as an all-purpose psycho with the unsettling hook, "I get a rush when I see blood and dead bodies on the floor." Although it's supposed to be gripping, the thought of a war-ravaged Rakim with his pistols blazing after hearing a truck backfiring is hilarious. All of Don't Sweat the Technique would be more disturbing if it wasn't for the brilliant ear of Eric B. who can cut the tension and exact magic out of a going-nowhere track. Although the lyrics and premise of "What's Going On" aren't extremely sharp, the cracking snare drums and low bass riffs are a perfect compliment to Rakim's delivery.
A1What's On Your Mind5:30
A2Teach The Children2:59
A3Pass The Hand Grenade3:12
B1Casualties Of War4:01
B2Rest Assured3:38
B3The Punisher4:06
C1Relax With Pep3:59
C2Keep The Beat4:16
C3What's Going On3:49
D1Know The Ledge4:00
D2Don't Sweat The Technique4:22
D3Kick Along3:29