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Known by Hip Hop academics and fans alike as one of the greatest MCs of all time, Rakim stands out from the rest with his lyricism and creativity. Born William Griffin, Jr. on January 28, 1968 in Long Island, New York, Rakim was surrounded by music from the time that he was born. In 1985 he met Queen's DJ, Eric B., whose sound made an excellent match with Rakim's presence on the mic.

Rakim's book, "Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius" provides a unique insight into his journey as an artist, starting with his initial exposure to the music scene, growing creativity, and passion for soul and rap. Considered to be the greatest MC of all time, Rakim's legacy is outlined in this memoir, serving to celebrate the influences that shaped his development.

Join us on Tuesday, October 29th, from 6:00-8:00pm for a book signing and conversation with Rakim, as moderated by Dr. Cornel West, on the composition of "Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius." This event is free and open to the public, and will additionally host Professor Marcyliena Morgan, Director of the Hiphop Archive and best selling author and collaborating writer on the memoir, Bakari Kitwana. Please see the above flyer for more information.