Monday, January 14, 2008
‘Eric B. Is President (Original 12" Mix)’ by Eric B. featuring Rakim (1986)
I was a rap freak long before I was into dance music. One of my biggest pet peeves has always been that the original version of ‘Eric. B Is President’ can only be found on the original 12” releases (Zakia, and then 4th and B-way). The ‘Paid In Full’ LP featured a cheesy remix. Even on the super special re-mastered double CD release the original song is not included. What the fuck! This song is hands down one of the best rap songs of all time and I can’t believe it’s been omitted so many times. The average Joe probably thinks that mega-mix version is the original, having no idea that this raw cut is out there. I have two copies of the original 1986 4th and B-way release. One has been beat to shit, and the other remained sealed. I opened that copy to record for this post. Nasty.