Rapper Accompanied by DJ Eric B, Rakim Allah was one of the most important voices in hip hop, ushering in the genre’s Golden Age during the mid to late 1980s. He is credited with highlighting the Black-empowerment teachings of the Five Percent Nation, an offshoot of the Nation of Islam. Revered for his complex rhyme flows and lyrical craftsmanship, Rakim is one of the most influential artists in hip hop history, inspiring future “God MCs” like Nas.

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