Words by Rakim [Video]

Rakim’s innovative lyricism and thought-provoking verses transformed hip hop and continue to exert influence. In a new and inspiring video directed by Matt Bieler, the legendary artist reflects on his beginnings and what it means to be an MC. The video also contains two new remixes of his verses.

“When I’m writing, I’m putting down my life.”

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