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- Rock the Bells 2010: Semtex meets Rakimhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02bpwvh.jpg2010-09-03T15:04:46ZSemtex brings you highlights from hip-hop tour Rock the Bells, featuring interviews with A Tribe Called Quest, Rakim and others. This programme may contain strong language.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/2792b097-0b1d-4c50-97f6-f7f097f86438?clipfocus=p009t3g2Selected ClipSelected ClipVideo 3 mins
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William Michael Griffin, Jr. (born January 28, 1968), better known by his stage name Rakim, is an American emcee. One half of golden age hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential and most skilled MCs of all time.
Eric B. & Rakim's classic album Paid in Full was named the greatest hip hop album of all time by MTV in 2006, while Rakim himself was ranked #4 on MTV's list of the Greatest MCs of All Time. Steve Huey of Allmusic stated that "Rakim is near-universally acknowledged as one of the greatest MCs -- perhaps the greatest -- of all time within the hip-hop community." The editors of About.com ranked him #2 on their list of the 'Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987–2007)'. Rakim began his career as the emcee of the rap duo Eric B. & Rakim, who in 2011 were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2012, The Source ranked him #1 on their list of the 'Top 50 Lyricists of All Time'.