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Legal name: William Michael Griffin Jr. (aka US rapper Rakim)


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.

Eric B. & Rakim's classic album Paid in Full was named the greatest hip hop album of all time by MTV in 2006, while Rakim himself was ranked #4 on MTV's list of the Greatest MCs of All Time. Steve Huey of Allmusic stated that "Rakim is near-universally acknowledged as one of the greatest MCs -- perhaps the greatest -- of all time within the hip-hop community." The editors of About.com ranked him #2 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'.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 The 18th Letter Rakim 3
1999 The Master Rakim 5 1
2009 The Seventh Seal Rakim 3 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 The Archive: Live, Lost & Found Rakim 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Guess Who's Back Rakim 1
1998 Buffalo Gals Stampede Malcolm McLaren & The World's Famous Supreme Team vs. Rakim & Roger Sanchez 1
2002 Addictive Truth Hurts feat. Rakim 3
2010 Euphoria Rakim feat. Busta Rhymes, Cocoa Chanelle, Jadakiss & Styles P 1
2014 Guilty All the Same Linkin Park feat. Rakim 1

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