Rakim Reflects on Longevity


After celebrating 25 years in the game by performing he and his former partner Eric B.’s classic debut, Paid In Full, in its entirety alongside the Roots, legendary emcee Rakim took the time to reflect on longevity and to bask in the adoration of a genre that still considers him to be the benchmark of what great emceeing means.

“It’s a blessing to be in the game this long and to have your work recognized after 25 years,” Rakim said in an interview. “It’s a big thing. The MC’s lifespan in the game is maybe seven years, 10 years, 12 years, so to be around and to get respect at this point is a blessing.”

Rakim is widely regarded as the father of modern MCing and Paid In Full has landed at the top of numerous ‘Greatest Hip Hop Albums’ list over the years.

Article Courtesy of HipHopBlog.com