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William Michael Griffin Jr., or better known by his stage name Rakim, is an American hip-hop artist from Long Island, New York.

Griffin was born on 28 January 1968 and at the age of 18 became involved in the New York hip-hop scene. At first he was known as Kid Wizard, but took the name Rakim Allah when he joined The Nation of Gods and Earths. He teamed up with Eric Barrier (aka Eric B) and together the pair recorded and released four albums before parting ways in 1992.

From 1995 through 1996, Rakim recorded several demos/songs by himself, and in 1997 released “The 18th Letter.” Two years later he also released “The Master” which, along with “The 18th Letter” was very well received. Rakim was then signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment record label in 2000, however, due to numerous changes in artistic direction and personnel the album that he had been working on had been delayed several times. This resulted in Rakim leaving the label in 2003.

Rakim retreated to his Connecticut estate to work leisurely on music, and it wasn’t until 2009 that he released any new music. Because he was able to retain the tracks he had made with Dr. Dre, Rakim released “The Seventh Seal” in 2009 on his own label, and it was followed shortly by a live album. In 2011, Rakim performed Paid in Full in its entirety at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City, and in honor of its 25th anniversary Rakim and Erib released a special edition of the record.

Sunday, 16 June 2019
Exit In, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

05 – 07 July 2019
Missy Elliott, Mary J Blige & Pharrell Williams – Essence Music Festival – 3 Day
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Saturday, 06 July 2019
Tipitina’s, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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