100 songs Long Islanders should know

As we prepare for the upcoming Long Island Music Hall of Fame Induction Gala on Oct. 18 at the Paramount in Huntington, we wanted to pull together a list of the songs that should be a source of civic pride.
These are the 100 songs every Long Islander should know -- songs by people from here, about here, and written and recorded here, that also have changed the world of music. And by here, we go along with the LIHoF's definition of Long Island: Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk.


72. "Don't Sweat the Technique," Eric B and Rakim

"Don't Sweat the Technique": Actually, you should sweat the technique. The title track from the Wyandanch hip-hop duo's final album together became a No. 1 rap single in 1992, cementing both Eric B.'s reputation as a great DJ and producer and Rakim's rep for thrilling rapping and lyrical skills. It encapsulates why they are always near the top of any hip-hop list.

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