Jonathan Hay, Benny Reid & Mike Smith - Follow The Leader (Eric B. & Rakim's Follow The Leader Reimagined as Jazz) - LP Vinyl

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c0019758
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Artist:
Jonathan Hay, Benny Reid & Mike Smith
Album:
Follow The Leader (Eric B. & Rakim's Follow The Leader Reimagined as Jazz)
Format:
12" Vinyl
UPC:
682670889170

Description

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.
1Follow the Leader2:32
2Microphone Fiend3:19
3Lyrics of Fury2:38
4Eric B. Never Scared3:11
5Just a Beat2:19
6Put Your Hands Together4:07
7To the Listeners3:10
8No Competition2:33
9The R3:10
10Musical Massacre2:58
11Beats for the Listeners1:29

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