Follow the Leader
Follow the Leader
Studio album by Eric B. & Rakim


4 August 1988


1987-1988 at Power Play Studios in New York City, New York


Hip hop






Eric B. & Rakim

Eric B. & Rakim chronology


Paid in Full (1987)


Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em (1990)

Follow the Leader is the second studio album by American hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, released in 1988 on Uni Records. The album was recorded at Power Play Studios in New York City, and was produced, arranged and composed by the duo, with additional contributions from Rakim's brother Steve Griffin.

While its singles attained moderate commercial success, the album performed better on music charts than the duo's debut album and reached number 22 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, having shipped 500,000 copies in the United States. Released during the golden age of hip hopFollow the Leader was well received by critics and has since been recognised as one of the most groundbreaking, influential and greatest hip hop albums of all time.

Track listingEdit

All songs written by E. Barrier and W. Griffin. All songs produced by Eric B. & Rakim. All songs performed by Rakim.

No. Title Time
1. "Follow the Leader" 5:36
2. "Microphone Fiend" 5:17
3. "Lyrics of Fury" 4:15
4.  "Eric B. Never Scared" 5:21
5. "Just a Beat" 2:07
6.  "Put Your Hands Together" 5:15
7. "To the Listeners" 4:32
8. "No Competition" 3:52
9. "The R" 3:55
10. "Musical Massacre" 4:29
11. "Beats for the Listeners" 4:08
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