Eric B. & Rakim
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Eric B. & Rakim
Eric B.
Eric Louis Barrier
Born (1965-11-08) November 8, 1965 (age 53)
OriginEast Elmhurst, Queens, New York
GenresHip hop
Labels4th & B'way/Island/PolyGram Records
Uni/MCA Records
Universal Records
Gang Starr
Marley Marl
Ghostface Killah

Eric B. (born Louis Eric Barrier on November 8, 1965 in East Elmhurst, Queens, New York) is the former producer and DJ for the golden age hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim.[1][2][3][4]

Eric B. & Rakim's album Paid in Full was named the greatest hip hop album of all time by MTV in 2006,[5] and the duo were nominated in 2011 for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[6]

Eric B. released a self-titled solo album in 1995, but it was a critical and commercial failure and remains as his only solo album.


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Rakim Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ Kool Moe Dee, 2003, "There's A God On The Mic: The True 50 Greatest MCs", Thunder's Mouth Press, p.324.
  3. ^ "The Greatest MCs Of All Time". March 9, 2006. Archived from the original on April 2, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ Shapiro, Peter, 2005, "The Rough Guide To Hip-Hop, 2nd Edition", Penguin, p. 126.
  5. ^ "The Greatest Hip-Hop Albums Of All Time". March 9, 2006. Archived from the original on July 19, 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2012 Nominees for Induction | The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum". September 27, 2011. Retrieved 2012.

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