James Bernard
July 31, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Don't Sweat the Technique

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
MCA
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a C+

Eric B. & Rakim have gone back to the well too many times, retaining the technique without maintaining the energy. After their groundbreaking 1987 debut, they’ve stayed put with Rakim’s laid-back chilly delivery and Eric B.’s James Brown collection. On their fourth album, Don’t Sweat the Tecnique, they’ve added explicit appeals and a touch of jazz to ”Teach the Children.” If the entire collection maintained the roller coaster rush of ”Teach” or ”Casualties of War,” no one would mind — but it doesn’t.

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