Don't Sweat the Technique Eric B. & Rakim have gone back to the well too many times, retaining the technique without maintaining the energy. After their groundbreaking 1987 debut,… Don't Sweat the Technique Eric B. & Rakim have gone back to the well too many times, retaining the technique without maintaining the energy. After their groundbreaking 1987 debut,… Eric B. & Rakim Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Music Review: 'Don't Sweat the Technique' (1992)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Lead Performance: Eric B. & Rakim; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

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.

Originally posted Jul 31, 1992 Published in issue #129 Jul 31, 1992 Order article reprints
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