Rakim is an American rapper who is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential MCs. Rakim is also one-half of the celebrated hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim whose complex lyricism boosted the hip hop genre to new heights. A master exponent of the art, he is placed on the same pedestal as some of the greatest luminaries of rap music such as Big Daddy Kane, KRS-One, LL Cool J, Melle Mel, Chuck D, and Kool G Rap. During his heydays beginning 2006, he was featured on virtually every list of all-time great MCs.