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Jonathan Hay / Benny Reid / Mike Smith - Follow The Leader: Re-Imagined As Jazz..

Jonathan Hay / Benny Reid / Mike Smith

Follow The Leader: Re-Imagined As Jazz..

Release date: January 17, 2020
Vinyl LP pressing. Re-imagined instrumentals of the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed Follow the Leader album from Eric B. & Rakim. Endorsed and fully supported by Eric B. & Rakim. Jonathan Hay, Benny Reid, and Mike Smith had numerous discussions on how to respectfully, faithfully, and creatively re-imagine Eric B. & Rakim's classic 1988 album, Follow the Leader. The difficulty was twofold. One, Follow the Leader is a revered and iconic hip-hop album and had to reflect it's adoration. Two, how can it be translated to a jazz style, especially omitting the centerpiece, Rakim's voice? Reid (lead instrumentalist - tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, bari saxophone, flute) and Hay's (producer) initial strategy of replaying Rakim's extended, rhythmically intricate rap verses organically morphed into a more improvised, classic jazz style. The emcee vocal style and flow along with Eric B.'s through-composed instrumentals, served as a model for Hay, Reid, Smith and musician Mani Ajami to draw inspiration.
  • 1. Follow the Leader
  • 2. Microphone Fiend
  • 3. Lyrics of Fury
  • 4. Eric B. Never Scared
  • 5. Just a Beat
  • 6. Put Your Hands Together
  • 7. For the Listeners
  • 8. No Competition
  • 9. The R
  • 10. Musical Massacre
  • 11. Beats for the Listeners
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