“RAKIM (BE ORIGINAL)”
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William Michael Griffin Jr. (born January 28, 1968), known by his stage names 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.1234
Eric B. & Rakim’s classic album Paid in Full was named the greatest hip hop album of all time by MTV,5 while Rakim himself was ranked #4 on MTV’s list of the Greatest MCs of All Time.6 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.”7 The editors of About.com ranked him #1 on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987–2007).8 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.9
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