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Rapper Eric B., of LI hip-hop duo Eric B. and Rakim, released after being jailed on 17-year-old warrant

Eric B. performs during the "YO! MTV Raps"

Eric B. performs during the "YO! MTV Raps" 30th anniversary live event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on June 1, 2018. Credit: Getty Images / Nicholas Hunt

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Rapper and actor Eric B. has been released from a New Jersey jail after spending two weeks behind bars on a 17-year-old warrant. reports that Eric B., whose real name is Eric Barrier, was released from Bergen County Jail on Tuesday where he had been held since Oct. 28.

Barrier, an Elmont native, was jailed on a bench warrant issued back in 2002 for failure to appear in court for a sentencing. The rapper, who is in his early 50s, had pleaded guilty to assault earlier that year.

Barrier's attorney said Barrier was told back then by his former attorney there was no need for him to appear in court.

Long Island Music Hall of Famers Eric B. and Rakim are known as one of the greatest hip-hop duos of all time. Barrier most recently appeared on an October episode of the CBS drama "Blue Bloods."


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