Rakim

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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Poison Pen: When Ghostwriters Strike

Memphis Bleek and Nicki Minaj aren't saying anything new. No matter the real story, we aren't surprised: Ghostwriters (and ghost-producers) have been a part of the music industry since the beginning. Click on for a rundown of just some of the coun...

The Score: Memorable Movie Soundtracks

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Protect Ya Neck! Hip Hop's Illest Chain-Snatchings

Slowbucks robbed on the Summer Jam stage, plus more.

It Takes Two: Famous Rapper/DJ Duos

Rob Base & EZ Rock, Eric B and Rakim, and more.

Artists Influenced by the Five Percent Nation

Kicking knowledge is a time-honored hip hop tradition.

Music News: Tech N9ne Names His Top Five Favorite Albums

See what classic LPs made the Strange Music CEO's list. (2/18/2014)
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