"Eric B. Is President"
Eric B. Is President
Single by Eric B. & Rakim from the album "Paid in Full"




12-inch single


Hip hop, Golden age hip hop


5:00 6:23 (Album version)


Zakia Records, 4th & Broadway


Rakim Allah


Eric B., Marley Marl (Uncredited)

"Eric B. Is President" is the debut single released by hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim. The bassline is an interpolation of Fonda Rae's "Over Like a Fat Rat". Marley Marl is often credited with handling production duties for the song, but Eric B. has disputed this in recent interviews. Said Eric B.:

"I took Fonda Rea’s “Over Like A Fat Rat” and said 'This is the bass line I’m going to use for this record.' Rakim spit the beer all over the wall and thought it was the funniest shit in the world. I told Rakim, just like you laughing now you going to be laughing all the way to the bank and be a millionaire one day because of this record."

As far as the production controversy, Eric B. told, "I took the records to Marley Marl’s house in Queensbridge and paid Marley Marl to be the engineer. Marley got paid. That’s why he’s not a producer, that’s why he is not getting publishing. I brought the music. I just couldn’t work the equipment because that’s not what I did..."

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