“Follow The Leader” by Eric B & Rakim (1988)

It’s rarely disputed that William Griffin (AKA Rakim) is the greatest hip-hop lyricist of all time. “Follow The Leader”, the first single and title track of his sophomore effort with DJ Eric B, represents the writer and rhymer at his apex. Everything that a rap nerd jizzes off of-complex verbiage, internal rhyme schemes, effortless flow-is… Read More “Follow The Leader” by Eric B & Rakim (1988)

“Don’t Be Cruel” by Bobby Brown (1988)

Bobby Brown’s ascension in earnest to superstar status began with summer ‘88’s “Don’t Be Cruel”, a truly inventive melange of funk and hip-hop. Back when singers sang and rappers rapped, songwriter/producers L.A. Reid & Babyface did a fantastic job fusing Bobby’s rap-informed persona with the melodic R&B that was their stock-in-trade. It also presented Bobby… Read More “Don’t Be Cruel” by Bobby Brown (1988)

“Domino Dancing” by Pet Shop Boys (1988)

“Domino Dancing” opens with one of the greatest couplets in pop music history: “I don’t know why, I don’t know how/I thought I loved you, but/I’m not sure now”. The remainder of the song finds Neil Tennant firing off angry missives towards a lover who is overly flirtatious towards other people. “Domino Dancing” also represents… Read More “Domino Dancing” by Pet Shop Boys (1988)