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Rakim

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Biography

Rakim (pronounced rah-KIM) (Born William Michael Griffin Jr. on January 28, 1968 in Long Island, New York, USA) is an American rapper and pioneer of the musical genre of hip hop. He is consistently cited as one of the most skilled (and top amongst the most influential) MCs of all time due to his exceptional flow and complex lyrical craftsmanship, he revolutionized hip-hop lyricism with his complex flow, elaborate metaphors and rapid delivery. Together with Eric B, he released a number of classic albums between 1987 and 1992. To date his most successful album is 'The 18th Letter,' released in 1997 as his solo debut album.

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Top Songs

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  1.  
    Lyrics
    Chuck D] "Once again back is the incredible"
    Yeah, yeah
    It's the return of the Wild Style fashionist
    Smashin hits, make it hard to adapt to this
    Put pizazz and jazz in this, and cash in this
    Guess Who's Back  -  327,273 plays
  2.  
    Lyrics
    Rakim the microphone soloist
    Follow procedures the crowd couldn't wait to see this
    Nobody been this long awaited since Jesus
    Who wouldn't believe this I heard the word on the street is
    I'm still one of the deepest on the mic since Adidas
    It's Been A Long Time  -  211,160 plays
  3.  
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    Clark Kent bring it on
    What you wanna say to make me stay a while?
    What you wanna say to make me wanna stay?
    What you wanna say to make me stay awhile?
    What you wanna say to make me wanna stay?
    Stay A While  -  103,045 plays
  4.  
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    Hardcore, real ill niggas
    I'm internationally known
    When I be on the mic
    Hardcore, real ill niggas
    I'm internationally known, yo
    When I B On Tha Mic  -  183,452 plays
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    DJ Premier scratches hook]
    (Hardcore... real ill niggas)
    (I'm internationally known)
    (When I be on the mic)
    (Hardcore... real ill niggas)
    when i be on the mic  -  74,743 plays
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