Artists Influenced by the Five Percent Nation

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  • Five Percenters
  • Jay Z
  • Rakim
  • Nas
  • Wu-Tang Clan
  • Just-Ice
  • A Tribe Called Quet
  • Brand Nubian
  • Lakim Shabazz
  • Poor Righteous Teachers
  • AZ
  • Big Daddy Kane
  • Busta Rhymes


Shortly after becoming a Five Percenter in the mid '80s, hip hop music legend Rakim Allah teamed with DJ Eric B., released the 1986 classic "Eric B. is President," backed with "My Melody" and, henceforth, altered the poetry of rap by sprinkling in bits of "the lessons" into his rhymes. "Rock from party to party," he uttered on "My Melody," "Backyard to yard/I tear it ya'll, and bless the mic for the Gods."

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