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Album Review

It took Rakim five years to begin his solo career, but the wait was worth it — The 18th Letter is one of the strongest records a veteran rapper released in the late '90s. Working with a variety of producers (Pete Rock, Clark Kent, Father Shaheed, DJ Premier), Rakim sounds sharp, focused, and strong, rapping with a force unheard of on his classic albums with Eric B. He still retains his knack for rolling, laid-back rhymes, but what's impressive is how he can switch between that style and a more aggressive technique. There are a few slow spots on the record, but in general, few latter-day albums by '80s rappers sound as powerful and vital as The 18th Letter.

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ラキムといえば伝説のラッパーってことで、どの曲もいいです。 特にIt's Been a Long TimeとかGuess Who's Backなんかは一度聞くと 忘れられない感じです。 ラキムの声ってやっぱりカッコイイですよね。


神とはまさにこの人のことですね!LiveとCDのラップを比べてみても、まったく声が変わっていない!そしてアルバムでもいい曲ばかりだ!もうそろそろ新しいアルバム出すみたいだから、それもすげえ期待してる! とりあえず、このアルバムは買って損なし!

forever my classics !

→【Trk.5】Remember That
・・・人気ネタ、ミディアム系Dance Classics「Thoughts Of An Old Flame/Pleasure」をサンプリング。
本作(アルバム)はまさしくサンプリングの宝庫。Pete Rock、Premierが仕切ってるだけあって、ネタの選出も渋すぎ。元祖・硬派Rakimの面目躍如。


Born: January 28, 1968 in Wyandanch, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although he never became a household name, Rakim is near-universally acknowledged as one of the greatest MCs -- perhaps the greatest -- of all time within the hip-hop community. It isn't necessarily the substance of what he says that's helped him win numerous polls among rap fans in the know; the majority of his lyrics concern his own skills and his Islamic faith. But in terms of how he says it, Rakim is virtually unparalleled. His flow is smooth and liquid, inflected with jazz rhythms and carried...
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