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Eric B. and Rakim: Microphone Fiend (Remix)

From 12″ (MCA, 1989)

Originally was going to pair this with Too $hort’s “In the Trunk” remix but those clever bastards at Can I Bring My Gat? beat me to it. So f- it: Rakim stands alone.

I’m not saying this remix is better than the O.G. – you can’t possibly improve on the original version – but as far as remixes go, I like the different flavor it lends. 45 King does a nice job here – digging the scratch intro (even if it’s not as clean as say, Roc Raida would have busted out. The bassline is simple and effective, just like the original beat. And regardless, the God Allah is at his finest with a song full of notable quotables.