10 Best Rappers: Rakim once said that, “MC means move the crowd,” and yes he did. With a calm yet penetrating lyrical prowess, this NY emcee set the standard for what may call lyricism. Many just refer to him as “The God MC,” because he is the standard by which all other emcees are measured. Go back and listen to the classic album, “Paid in Full” by Eric B & Rakim and see why he deserves the aforementioned title. His lyrics still to this day are some of the best Hip Hop quoteables of all time. When he said, “I take seven emcees, put them in a line, and add seven more brothers that thought they could rhyme, but it would take seven more before I go for mine, now that’s 21 emcees ate up at the same time,” we all knew Rakim was no joke! Although one could argue that he hasn’t put out much of late but ask any rapper who their favorite rapper of all time is, and a bet Rakim would be number one in many of their eyes.
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