White People Calling Kanye West Racist: A Collection
- Why me?
- Because everyone else is boring. And because you’re different.
Rakim Allah first stepped into the cipher of Hip-Hop in 1986 on the classic single “Eric B For President”. His low pitched, casual flow, splashed with the science of life from the perspective of a Five Percenter, captured the attention of the listener unlike any other MC in the history of the culture. Ra pioneered multiple-syllable rhymes and was able to make them easily understood, something that many artists have just begun to master in the new millennium. Even though the R’s lyrical approach maybe perceived as simple, it is a fact that there are die-hard rap critics who still have yet to decipher some of Ra’s bars. From storytelling (“Juice”, “Mahogany”) to dropping knowledge (“The Ghetto”, “Who Is God”) to just destroying toy rappers (“The Punisher”, “I Ain’t No Joke”), no one in the game has stepped up to the verbal ante like Rakim.
A boy sits reading in a bombed bookstore, London, 1940.