Song: "Eric B Is President" (1987)
Album: Paid in Full
At first glance, as words on paper, it doesn't feel like much. But sometimes, the simplest phrases can be the most memorable. Rakim's first lines on "Eric B is President" became the framework for so many other rappers in the years to come, and it all began with Rakim's literal entrance: an addiction to the mic that will never be kicked, despite the way he could (like addicts always will) argue otherwise.