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Here is a biography of Rakim’s life by Wikipedia, maybe you will read something about him you didn’t know. Don’t forget Rakim will be preforming October 19th at the DPAC (Durham Preforming Arts Center).

The Come-Up: William Michael Griffin Jr. (born January 28, 1968), 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. After Rakim responded to Eric B.’s search for “New York’s top MC”, Rakim’s friend and roommate Marley Marl allowed him to use his home studio. The first track they recorded—”Eric B. Is President”—was released as a single on the independent Zakia Records in 1986. After Def Jam Recordings founder Russell Simmons heard the single, the duo were signed to Island Records and began recording the album in Manhattan’s Power Play Studios in early 1987. Rakim himself was ranked #4 on MTV’s list of the Greatest MCs of All Time, the editors of About.com ranked him #1 on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987–2007). 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. The first track they recorded—”Eric B. Is President”—was released as a single on the independent Zakia Records in 1986. After Def Jam Recordings founder Russell Simmons heard the single, the duo were signed to Island Records and began recording the album in Manhattan’s Power Play Studios in early 1987.

Present: In 2012, Rakim announced that he and Eric B. will release a 25th anniversary edition of their 1987 album Paid in Full, which will contain new tracks recorded by Eric B. & Rakim, by the end of 2012; Rakim announced he would release a new solo album by the end of 2012. He performed at the annual Roots’ Picnic in Philadelphia in June. In an interview with The Detroit Free Press he announced he was in the studio with Pharrell Williams working on a new album set to be released in 2013, saying the first single will be released before the end of the year.

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