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30 Years, Later Eric B and Rakim still letting the ‘Rhythm Hit ‘Em’

Rakim allowed Black urban masculinity to have depth. Not only did he and his partner let young boys be men without fear, but he and Eric B. also change the way that the public received rap music —content-wise and lyrical-creativity— they gave to the world a treasure chest of intellectualism that mandated that Hip-Hop grows […]

Today In Hip Hop History: Rakim Released First Solo Album ‘The 18th Letter’

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Today in Hip Hop History, the legendary MC William Michael Griffin Jr better know as Rakim released his first debut solo album, The 18th Letter in 1997. Following a successful run with his partner Eric B and solidifying himself as one of the greatest emcees of all time, Rakim Allah single-handedly changed the sound of music […]

Before Gaining Knowledge Of Self, Rakim Caught His First Gun Charge at 12 Years Old

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Everyone is raving about Rakim Allah’s new memoir/ writing manual: Sweat The Technique: Revelations on Creativity from The Lyrical Genius. There are so many levels to the book that has everyone talking, but most surprisingly fans are allowed into the reclusive world of  “The god Emcee.” READ MORE: Exclusive: Here’s Your First Look at the Cover […]

Rakim Believes Smack Evolved Hip-Hop With Battle Rap

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What would happen when your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper says you elevated the game? Would you be at a loss for words or would that make you work that much harder? In light of their last two cards, Resolution and NOME 9, dominating the rap conversation for close to three months… Rakim Allah aka the 18th […]

J. Period to Record Live Mixtape with Rakim, Pharoahe Monch and Black Thought In NYC

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J.Period’s collaborative, improvisational performance series, The Live Mixtape, is just that: a hip-hop mixtape, performed and recorded live on stage—in one take—by some of hip hop’s most celebrated MCs, and one of its most groundbreaking DJs. On Thursday, September 13, J.PERIOD brings this dynamic format to Sony Hall in New York for a star-studded, one-night-only […]

Rakim, Black Thought and Pharoahe Monch Slated to Record a Live Mixtape Onstage

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Undoubtedly three of the best lyricist to touch the mic, with Rakim being regarded as arguably the best emcee of all time, will be recording a live mixtape together with producer J.Period. The Roots frontman Black Thought, Organized Konfusion’s Pharoah Monch, and Rakim have been brought together by Brooklyn based DJ J.Period to orchestrate a […]

Rakim Sets The World on Fire With Tweets About Today’s Rap Music

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Rakim is not rocking with today’s hip-hop scene. The Goat emcee and one half of the legendary DJ/Rapper duo Eric B & Rakim, took to Twitter on Tuesday to – with as much detail as possible and taking full advantage of the extended character count– make his opinion on the rap scene today known. “You […]

The Source Exclusive: Rakim On 30 Years In Hip-Hop & Being The God MC

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Words By Zoe Zorka Over the past four decades, hip-hop has risen from an obscure genre to a dominating force of western culture. The Source was lucky enough to sit down with the original God-MC, hip-hop legend Rakim, following a recent show at Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City in conjunction with Sundance Film Festival […]