William Michael Griffin Jr. One half of golden age hip hop duo Eric B. Eric B. Is President " in As a musician, he wrote his first rhyme at 7 years old, about the famous cartoon character Mickey Mouse. First meeting in , Eric B. After Rakim responded to Eric B. The first track they recorded—" Eric B. Is President "—was released as a single on the independent Zakia Records in The album peaked at 58 on the Billboard chart and produced five singles: "Eric B.
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Eric B. AllMusic wrote that "during rap's so-called golden age in the late '80s, Eric B. He played trumpet and drums throughout high school, and later switched to experimenting with turntables prior to graduation. The newly dubbed "Eric B. Barrier wound up meeting Alvin Toney, a promoter based in Queens. Toney took Eric B. Griffin had begun writing rhymes as a teenager in Wyandanch and had taken the name "Rakim" as a result of his conversion to The Nation of Gods and Earths. Said Eric B. I told Rakim, just like you laughing now you going to be laughing all the way to the bank and be a millionaire one day because of this record.
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Is President. His partnership with his DJ, Eric B. Yet in , The Source named him the greatest MC of all time. So our afternoon lecturer is, of course, one of the greatest to ever touch the microphone. You know, sometimes I like to start these things by playing a little music just to get us reset after having been outside for the rest of the day or just coming back in from lunch or something like that. What was it from from, …? So, this particular song, just as an example… I think whenever anybody thinks about your artistry and your music they obviously think about lyrics.
Although he never became a household name, Rakim is near-universally acknowledged as one of the greatest MCs -- perhaps the greatest -- of all time within the hip-hop community. It isn't necessarily the substance of what he says that's helped him win numerous polls among rap fans in the know; the majority of his lyrics concern his own skills and his Islamic faith. But in terms of how he says it, Rakim is virtually unparalleled. His flow is smooth and liquid, inflected with jazz rhythms and carried off with an effortless cool that makes it sound as though he's not even breaking a sweat. He raised the bar for MC technique higher than it had ever been, helping to pioneer the use of internal rhymes -- rhymes that occurred in the middle of lines, rather than just at the end. Where many MCs of the time developed their technique through improvisational battles, Rakim was among the first to demonstrate the possibilities of sitting down to write intricately crafted lyrics packed with clever word choices and metaphors of course, he also had the delivery to articulate them. Even after his innovations were worshipfully absorbed and expanded upon by countless MCs who followed, Rakim 's early work still sounds startlingly fresh, and his comeback recordings beginning in the late '90s only added to his legend. Rakim was born William Griffin, Jr. At age 16, he converted to Islam, adopting the Muslim name Rakim Allah. With the release of their debut single, "Eric B.