Position: Starting Lyricist
Represents: Long Island, NY
There was a time before the R, and there was time after the R. Rakim Allah’s mastery of flow, intricate rhyme patterns, and God-body language made him one of hip-hop’s first true superheroes. After Eric B. & Rakim dropped their classic Paid In Full album in 1987, rappers were scrambling to switch their styles up or face extinction. The R’s lyrics managed to make you dance and think, a feat many MCs are still trying to accomplish to this day.