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Rakim is a legendary American MC and pioneer of the musical genre of hip hop. A nephew of American R&B singer, and actress Ruth Brown, Rakim was born to William Michael Griffin Jr. on January 28, 1968 in Wyandanch, Long Island, New York.
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He developed much of his rhyming talent and became involved in the New York hip hop scene at a young age. When Rakim turned 16, he joined The Nation of Gods and Earths and changed his name to Rakim Allah. Eric B brought him to Marley Marl"s house to record "Eric B. is President".