Let the Rhythm Hit ’Em is Eric B and Rakim's 3rd album, released in 1990. The group's sound develops further, with Rakim adopting a deeper, more aggressive tone of voice, and more mature and serious subject matter. Musically, the production ranges from smoother soulful tracks such as "In the Ghetto" to the hard-edged assault of the title track "Let the Rhythm Hit ’Em."
A classic on the album was "Mahogany" which was sampled in "N.Y. State of Mind" from the album "Illmatic" and "N.Y. State of Mind Pt. II" by Nas from the album I AM..
Despite the fact that it didn't produce any hit singles as popular as the duo's previous albums, it is considered by many to be their most coherent album, and is one of only a few rap albums that have received a 5-mic rating when it was reviewed in The Source Magazine.
The back cover features a dedication to the memories of Rakim's father William and producer Paul C, who had worked on many of the album's tracks before his murder in July 1989. Paul C was shot to death in Rosedale, Queens at the age of 24. His murder was featured on America's Most Wanted leading to the arrest of Derrick "Little Shine" Blair, who was later released due to lack of evidence. The case has yet to be solved. However, Paul's protégé Large Professor completed his work. Neither received credit in the album's notes.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Aaron Tyler (born on May 22, 1967 in Compton, California), better known as MC Eiht. His stage name was partly inspired by the numeral in KRS One's name. He chose Eiht for its links to "hood culture", including 8Ball and .38 caliber firearms. He is a member of the rap group Compton's Most Wanted. I didn't follow him tough, because I was on in NYC but "Growin' Up In the Hood" off the "Boyz In The Hood" soundtrack that I loved.
The day I fell in love with this song, my older brother ran in the house with a Solo-Flex (Exercise machine) How'd he get it? Someone ordered it, who lived a across the street and my brother signed for it when UPS delivered it. Next thing you know we had an exercise machine that barely got used but to hang clothes on. However, I'll always remember me rewinding that song back as I put together the Solo-Flex with my brother. Look out for his new material with DJ Premier.