(AllHipHop News) Thirty-one years ago, Eric B. & Rakim dropped their second studio LP, Follow The Leader. Producer Jonathan Hay is celebrating the Hip Hop classic from 1988 by re-imagining the entire album in the style of Jazz.
All of the songs from Follow the Leader were recreated using only instrumentation. According to Hay, mechanical licenses were granted for each record, so Eric B. & Rakim will be paid from the new project.
Hay worked with musicians Benny Reid, Mani Ajami, Mike Smith, Mike Baker, and Atlas Jenkins on the Jazz rendition of Follow the Leader. The collection is scheduled to be released on July 26.
The original Follow The Leader hosts the title track, "Microphone Fiend," "Lyrics of Fury," "The R," and "No Competition." Eric B. & Rakim's sophomore set reinforced the group's ascent following the success of Paid In Full a year earlier.