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Rakim

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Rakim Allah (28 de enero de 1968 - ) es un rapero estadounidense originario de Long Island.

Nació con el nombre de William Griffin el 28 de enero de 1968. Es uno de los raperos más legendarios e influyentes de la historia del hip hop, considerado como el tercer mejor rapero de la historia, después de Notorious B.I.G. y Tupac Shakur.

Biografía

Rakim es el hijo pequeño de Guillermo Michael, y creció en Long Island, Nueva York, en donde desarrolló mucho de su talento del rap.

Eric B. & Rakim

En 1985 formó una sociedad musical. Eric Barrier y William Griffin hicieron posteriormente uno de los grupos más conocidos e influyentes de la historia del hip hop: Eric B. y Rakim. El grupo estaba influenciado por el jazz de finales de los años 80. Empezaron su carrera con el famoso productor Marley Marl, con el que tuvieron un gran éxito en su primer álbum, Paid in Full. Durante la grabación del disco, ambos miembros no ocultaron su deseo de crear un álbum en solitario. Sin embargo, Eric B. rechazó firmar el contrato de liberación de la compañía discográfica, temeroso de que Rakim abandonaría. Esto condujo a una larga batalla tribunal entre los dos artistas que terminó en la separación del grupo. Eric B. tuvo una corta y desafortunada carrera en solitario, al contrario que su compañero.

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Después de lanzar cuatro álbumes, Eric B. y Rakim se separan en 1992 debido a disputas elgales sobre derechos de autor y contratos.

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  • IBlewCastles

    He's very balancing for the mind...

    16 Feb 19:55 Responder
  • alefspfc

    R.A.K.I.M.

    25 Nov 2014 Responder
  • Amir-AA

    dope as heeeeeellllllll

    8 Oct 2014 Responder
  • acauap

    him pac and nas, the real goats

    2 Ago 2014 Responder
  • Pentiik

    King of real RAP !

    14 Feb 2014 Responder
  • High-Tech

    HopsinStan - this man truly sucks. [][] Lol.. Troll is obvious, obvious is troll.

    5 Feb 2014 Responder
  • A5troBlack

    Cant get into this guy at all, I only like 2 songs which is Paid in Full and Microphone fiend other than that his music sounds dated to me. I respect his influence on the game tho.

    4 Feb 2014 Responder
  • ketamineface

    Rakim is sick, one of the greatest.

    26 Ene 2014 Responder
  • Gaffes

    Simply the most talented MC of all time.

    20 Dic 2013 Responder
  • DickBigems

    KRS's skills are a little overrated...

    5 Dic 2013 Responder
  • jussi_m

    v Sure, great as in highly influential and stuff but not skills wise like Rakim or KRS in my book

    30 Nov 2013 Responder
  • DickBigems

    @jussi_m - Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, LL Cool J, Schoolly D...

    12 Nov 2013 Responder
  • jussi_m

    I think KRS was the first great MC, but I'm not exactly sure who started earlier of these two..

    15 Oct 2013 Responder
  • SimonePerrota

    v Exactly...

    29 Jul 2013 Responder
  • Music-Ninja

    Rakim was THE first great MC, but that doesn't mean he's the best ever.

    29 Jul 2013 Responder
  • SimonePerrota

    I'm aware of Rakim's (impressive) attributes but is he really the master of all them? I think he's been at least equalled in certain departments... Also, when I say dude's solo albums are overrated (some people seem to think this words equates to "it's actually shit") that doesn't mean I'm saying they're subpar, far from it... There's just a bit too much style over substance and self-worship for my taste... I guess most people tend to overlook a few too many simplistic/dated beats when they're familiar with Rakim or know what he's about as an artist. Rakim still very much embodies an era when production was largely secondary to rapping. Unforunately that doesn't excuse the shoddy work on The Seventh Seal...

    23 Jul 2013 Responder
  • SimonePerrota

    @david-1992 - "You'll never see that talent if you keep convincing yourself he isn't nice" ...more or less putting words in my mouth (where do I say, or imply, that Rakim isn't nice?) isn't an ideal way to prove me wrong... How you can find the his solo joints superior on balance (especially production-wise) to the ones with Eric B. is truly beyond me. Paid In Full is iconic for its sound - you simply cannot say that about The 18th Letter of The Master. "it's as if the purists and east coast heads feel they're obligated to put him on a pedestal." <- that's the shit you should be focusing you attention on. It irritates me when people harp on about rhyme schemes and technical proficiency above all else - as if aspects like quality of songwriting, beat selection, overall presentation etc. have no business determining the outcome... Your reaction is a knee-jerk one and sort of proves the point I made in my initial post. Perhaps you'd care to read it (properly) again...

    23 Jul 2013 Responder
  • HopsinStan

    this man truly sucks.

    20 Jul 2013 Responder
  • DickBigems

    @david-1992 - SimonePerrota is a friend of mine and I'm pretty sure he's heard Ra's entire discog, front to back. His solo work just isn't groundbreaking as his earlier work is, and I think Rakim's lyrics from his later albums with Eric B are basically on par with his solo stuff. The memorablility and influence of his earlier lyrics from Paid in Full hold more merit to me. The songs on his solo work just are generally less notable. Sonically, you could even say his earlier work with Eric B is more interesting, there's more variations and things like that in songs like "Paid in Full" and "Eric B. is President".

    16 Jul 2013 Responder
  • david-1992

    @SimonePerrota his solo shit is UNDERrated, you ask the majority of hip-hop heads what their top 5 Rakim tracks are and 9 out of 10 people will give you 5 tracks he did with Eric B. The beats on his solo tracks are better, the lines are better, rhyme schemes are more complex. He put himself on the pedestal by being nicer than most MCs. Others need to step up. The more you listen to him the more you realize his talent. You'll never see that talent if you keep convincing yourself he isn't nice. Listen to his albums The Master and The 18th Letter from start to finish. Listen to the lyrics and rhyme schemes carefully. In hip-hop a 'whole verse' is when an MC uses one rhyme throughout an entire verse. Name me 1 hip-hop track when someone uses 3 whole verses in one song, check Rakim-It's the R

    15 Jul 2013 Responder
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