Rakim

Hardcore hip hop, Composer

1968 –

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Who is Rakim?

William Michael Griffin Jr., better known by his stage name Rakim, is an American rapper. One half of golden age hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential and most skilled MCs of all time.

Eric B. & Rakim's classic album Paid in Full was named the greatest hip hop album of all time by MTV in 2006, while Rakim himself was ranked #4 on MTV's list of the Greatest MCs of All Time. Steve Huey of Allmusic stated that "Rakim is near-universally acknowledged as one of the greatest MCs -- perhaps the greatest -- of all time within the hip-hop community." The editors of About.com ranked him #1 on their list of the 'Top 50 MCs of Our Time'. Rakim began his career as the emcee of the rap duo Eric B. & Rakim, who in 2011 were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2012, The Source ranked him #1 on their list of the 'Top 50 Lyricists of All Time'.

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Born
Jan 28, 1968
Wyandanch
Also known as
  • William Griffin
  • The Alpha and Omega of Hip-Hop
  • Rakim Allah
  • The R.
  • The God MC
  • Ra
  • R.A.K.I.M.
  • The Master
  • The God Emcee
  • The God
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession

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on July 23, 2013