Rakim turns 46 years old today (Tuesday)!
- Eric B. and Rakim were a major player during hip-hop's golden age from the mid-'80s through the early '90s.
- Although they never had a huge mainstream hit, Rakim was known for delivering potent barbs without cursing, and Eric B. was famed for adding James Brown samples to their beats, and for his extensive scratching skills.
- In 2012, The Source ranked Rakim number-one on its list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time.
- Some of their biggest singles were "Eric B. Is President," "Don't Sweat the Technique" and "I Ain't No Joke."