Eric B and Rakim's fourth and final album was originally intended to be titled Save the Children. Thank God, or the God MC rather, that they didn't go out like that. We're not sure what's wrong with sweating this iconic duo's technique-it is pretty damn impressive, after all-but when Rakim starts riding the booming acoustic bass line of the title track with ice-cold grace and gravitas, it's obvious you should listen to him.
42. Eric B. & Rakim, Don't Sweat the Technique (1992)