Dope! One of the most influential and most skilled MC’s of all time.
By Oronde Kairi – Carlos Newsome – Google+
William Michael Griffin Jr. , better known as Rakim is widely regarded as one of the most influential and skilled MCs of all time. Rakim’s rapping set a blueprint for future rappers and helped secure East Coast hip hop’s reputation for innovative lyricism during the 90’s.
Before his first album in 1986, there were only simple, singular rhymes. Rakim broadened and changed the entire rhyme scheme by creating intricate rhymes and word-play within each line. At the time this was a huge innovation , which paved the way for future rappers to develop their own complex styles.