Although Eric B. & Rakim were far from the first Rap stars of note, they may have done more to further the genre of Hip Hop than anyone else on the latter half of the 1980’s. With unequalled chemistry, the duo comprised of Eric B.’s solid DJ skills and the leading MC of his time, Rakim. This was the Hip Hop blueprint that others would follow as the combinations of articulate MCs and creative DJs became staples on industry labels for years to come. The next wave of Hip Hop heavyweights largely pointed to Eric B. & Rakim as one of their great influences. Although they did not dominate the charts, this duo has a real shot to be a first ballot entry as the Hall has shown it does appreciate the genre of Rap.