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Eric B. & Rakim - 100% match to Rakim

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Queens, New York, USA-based rap duo comprised Eric Barrier (Elmhurst, New York, USA) and William ‘Rakim’ Griffin (b. William Griffin Jnr., Long Island, New York, USA), using additional musicians such as Sefton the Terminator and Chad Jackson as required. Rakim was the lyricist, Eric B the DJ, or, as Rakim himself put it in ‘I Ain’t No Joke’:  Read more

KRS-One - 97% match to Rakim

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Lawrence Krisna Parker, 20 August 1965, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. The kingpin of Boogie Down Productions and a genuine hip-hop pioneer, at the peak of his career in the late 80s and early 90s KRS-One’s standing was reflected not only in terms of his music, but also his lecture tours of the USA, appearing at Yale, Harvard, and countless other institutions Read more

Das EFX - 87% match to Rakim

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Das EFX was formed by Drayz (Andre Weston, 9 September 1970, New Jersey, USA) and Skoob (b. Willie Hines, 27 November 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA; Skoob is ‘books’ spelled backwards), two easy-natured rappers whose success story was of the genuine rags to riches variety. As college friends who had met during English classes, they entered a rap cont Read more

Big Pun - 86% match to Rakim

Genres: Urban & Rap Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Gang Starr - 86% match to Rakim

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Arguably hip-hop’s most literate, challenging act on both musical and lyrical fronts, Gang Starr comprises Guru Keith E (Keith Elam, 17 July 1966, Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA; vocals/lyrics) and DJ Premier (b. Christopher Martin, 21 March 1966, Houston, Texas, USA; music). Guru (Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal) was born the son of a Boston municipal and superior court Read more

Big Daddy Kane - 85% match to Rakim

Genres: Urban & Rap Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Antonio M. Hardy, 10 September 1968, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Self-styled ‘black gentleman vampire’, whose KANE moniker is an acronym for King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal. Kane followed his cousin into hip-hop by rapping in front of a beatbox for his first shows on Long Island, New York. Aided by his DJ Mr Cee, he has released several albums of laconic, fully reali Read more

Big L - 85% match to Rakim

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Lamont Coleman, 30 May 1974, New York City, New York, USA, d. 15 February 1999, Harlem, New York City, New York, USA. This highly respected Harlem-based MC had his life cut tragically short just when it appeared his legendary underground status was about to translate into the mainstream. Coleman first came to the attention of the rap world in the early 90s as part of Harlem& Read more

EPMD - 85% match to Rakim

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Erick Sermon (25 November 1968, Bayshore, Long Island, New York City, New York, USA) and Parrish Smith (b. 13 May 1968, Brentwood, Long Island, New York, USA) are two rappers who did much to revitalize a flagging rap scene with an early outburst of controlled creative energy, Unfinished Business. Taking samples from rock sources such as Steve Miller, as well as underground d Read more

Nas - 84% match to Rakim

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones, 14 September 1973, Long Island, New York, USA. From the tough Queensbridge housing projects which brought the world Marley Marl, MC Shan and Intelligent Hoodlum, Nas made his name as a highly skilled rapper with the double whammy of 1994’s Illmatic and 1996’s It Was Written, albums whose music was crafted with a degree of subtlety and fore Read more

Nasty Nas - 84% match to Rakim

Genres: Urban & Rap
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AZ - 79% match to Rakim

Genres: Urban & Rap
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Masta Ace - 74% match to Rakim

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Duval Clear, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Raised in Brooklyn, Masta Ace became a hip-hop DJ in the 70s before adjusting to MC status by 1983. He won a rapping competition two years later which earned him studio time with producer Marley Marl, before a collegiate interlude followed. He contributed to the In Control Volume 1 set by Marl, and the latter’s label, Read more

Method Man - 73% match to Rakim

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Urban & Rap Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Clifford Smith, 1 April 1971, Staten Island, New York, USA. Smith rose to acclaim as one of the leading members of Staten Island’s hip-hop collective, Wu-Tang Clan. Adopting the Method Man moniker, his smoky, flowing vocals were a prominent feature of 1993’s landmark debut Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). His own Tical set, released the following year, was the firs Read more

Redman - 73% match to Rakim

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Reginald Noble, 17 April 1970, Newark, New Jersey, USA. Inventive and witty US rapper whose 1992 debut Whut? Thee Album broke into the US Top 50, although it failed to get a UK release until much later in the year. Enshrining the new ethos of cannabis as the drug of choice (‘How To Roll A Blunt’), there was also room for the traditional braggadocio (‘A Day Of Read more

Naughty By Nature - 71% match to Rakim

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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The New Jersey, USA-based trio of MC Treach (Anthony Criss, 27 December 1970, East Orange, New Jersey, USA), Vinnie (b. Vincent Brown, 17 September 1970, East Orange, New Jersey, USA) and DJ Kay Gee (b. Keir Gist, 15 September 1969, East Orange, New Jersey, USA) utilized the funkier rather than darker aspects of gangsta hip-hop. Heavily influenced by the patronage of Queen L Read more


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