Rakim Recalls The Creative Differences Working With Dr. Dre On "Oh, My God"

Rakim says working with Eric B. was much more conducive to his creative preferences, but that fans may get to someday hear some of his work with Dr. Dre.

Between 2000 and 2003, Long Island, New York emcee legend Rakim was signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment. Together, the two 1980s veterans worked on an album said to be titled, Oh, My God. Supposed to be Rakim's third LP, the album was recorded while the former half of Eric B. & Rakim was living in Los Angeles, California, where Dre's imprint is based. In a new interview with Red Bull Music Academy moderated by veteran Hip Hop author/editor Jefferson "Chairman" Mao, Rakim spoke candidly about the period in his career and the album that never was.

"As far as me and [Dr.] Dre, once we got together, we realized how different we was," said Rakim of the 2000 signing and subsequent studio sessions in Sherman Oaks, California's Record One Studios. "To try and get on the same page was more complicated than we thought. A beat [would] come on, and we listenin' to the beat—I'm already seein' what I want to do. But then Dre might go, 'Yo, I want you to do such and such, and such and such on there.' I'm like, 'Come on, Dre. Been there, did that already, nahmean?' Realizing that, it was like night and day."

At the time, Dr. Dre was actively working on albums including Xzibit's Restless and Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP, two efforts from lyrical once-underground Hip Hop emcees dabbling in Gangsta Rap. Rakim recalled a similiar approach from the acclaimed producer on his effort. "Dre's formula [is]: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. At that point, he was lovin' Gangsta Rap and rappers beefin'. At that point, I figured, 'I did that already.' It's time to move on and just make good music."

The creative differences perpetuated through multiple sessions. "Every time a beat came on, [the same debate happened]." Rakim mimicked Dr. Dre urging, "'Just talk shit on this one,'" Rakim admitted that he felt out of place under the doctor's direction. "I didn't really have to beef with my peers, nahmean? And he wanted me to set it off and brag about about who I was and what I did. At that point, I felt like they already knew. To brag about it, it'd take points off the board with what I did and what I'm doin'."

Overall, Aftermath/Dr. Dre and Rakim would work together on three tracks: "R.A.K.I.M." from the 8 Mile soundtrack, "Addictive" from Truth-Hurts' debut album, which Dre and DJ Quik co-produced, and "The Watcher 2" from Jay-Z's Blueprint 2. Looking back, Rakim declared, "I'm glad that he hollered at me, I'm glad that he had a vision in mind...we just couldn't find a medium where he was happy and I was happy with either the direction, the topic, or what I'd say to a certain beat [or what he wanted me to say]."

Rakim told Red Bull that working with Dre made him appreciate his former musical partner, Eric B. "The thing about Eric B.—Eric was more...I'd say I wanted to do or do that, and he'd say, 'G'head!' That was one thing that was cool about Eric B.; he never tried to detour my thought or tell me what I should be sayin' on a record. He left that totally up to me."

For those still questioning the sound of those limited early '00s sessions, Rakim gave hope. Without being specifically asked, the legend declared, "I wish Dre the best. Maybe in the future, we can do a single or somethin' just to show people what it's supposed to be, or give 'em what they expected. You never know."

Since his departure from Aftermath, Rakim released one album: 2009's The Seventh Seal on SMC Records.

You can watch the full Red Music Academy interview with Rakim below:

RELATED: Rakim - Red Bull Music Academy Lecture [VIDEO]

151 Comments

  • Anonymous

    "remember Micheal crying when Isaiah and Lambeer were sending him home before they got a TEAM to put around Jordan" So what you're saying is Scottie Pippen was better than MJ?

  • Anonymous

    "the name that is the difference in Lebron's legacy" Riley always had the players. Naturally he got alot of credit, but without Magic and now Lebron he would be like Mike Brown. A winning coach who makes alot of money but has zero rings.

  • Anonymous

    "but at least I named songs to have the readers decide for self" Most of these so called "readers" are biased. You have to venture outside your cubicle and ask people off the street if they can name these wonderful songs by Rakim.

  • Anonymous

    "How are they forgotten when I just named them? loL" So because 1 fanboy rattles off some dusty songs off his IPOD suddenly their relevant? Today's generation of kids has no clue who Rakim is.

  • Jay Lion

    In reality though, Rakim needed all the help from Dre he could get because just judging from the Seventh Seal which was a bowl of garbage, R has no idea how to work with modern hip hop. That's not to say his previous solos were garbage because they were the opposite of that but damn son, you're fucking RAKIM. How are you gonna even bother putting out an album less than a new classic and then have the audacity to say Dre didn't know what he was doing with you????? Damn nigga

  • Anonymous

    Rakim>>>>>>the rapper Rick Ross This is not debatable so do not play yourself and try to debate this. I Know You Got Soul Paid In Full In The Ghetto My Melody Move The Crowd Guess Who's Back Let The Rhythm Hit Em Microphone Fiend Follow The Leader Mahogany You bought up 2 tangible assessments down there, don't f**k it up now by talking sh*t. None of that smooth, soulful sounding delusions of grandeur can deal with Rakim's bars.

    • Anonymous

      Now explain to me how when it's supposed to be a subjective, opinionated thought on music how we all should agree with your disposable, follow what's popular, lacking of vital information and facts, version of a debate. Until you show me a version of Rozay's "Paid In Full", remixed for the world, when the words alone are more relative than consuming food, s..t..f..u.......shout-out to Bill Blass.

    • Anonymous

      How are they forgotten when I just named them? loL How this world works is I just reminded some and made a list for others. I've listened to those songs and the music your supposedly stance is behind, but at least I named songs to have the readers decide for self. I like the 4 versions of Maybach Music. Let's see if the 2nd one will stand the test of time (imo 3>2>1>4). And if Rakim freestyled over MM3............Erykah on the chorus.........rap game is fixed.

    • Anonymous

      Those songs are long forgotten. I have an idea though. Maybe Ross can extend a hand to Rakim and offer to sign him to MMG. Maybe snatch up OC and Az while he's at it.

  • Anonymous

    "a weed plate is a album that stays in heavy rotation" Any rapper would prefer his album be called fire, not a weed plate which is a nice way of saying it's worthless.

    • MalcolmLittle

      Right, a weed plate means the only thing the CD's good for is breakin up weed on. I always just assumed every Hip-Hop fan knew that.

  • Anonymous

    "Averaging damn near a triple double is not watering down" He'll always get his points, but when a pure scorer can almost dish out 10 assists that tells me he isn't concerned about scoring 40 or 50 a game. Kobe would rather score 60 and lose, than have 10 assists nightly and win.

  • Anonymous

    "Assists for better teammates, that did it, it's not like he was told to miss on purpose" Better teammates? He is the team, and he was indirectly told to cut down on shots. First in Cleveland when they got embarassed in the Finals, then when Miami didn't get it done in his first season there. Postedan hour ago

    • Anonymous

      Pat Riley ^ the name that is the difference in Lebron's legacy The experienced in basketball dude who's putting the TEAMMATES around LeBron. I remember Micheal crying when Isaiah and Lambeer were sending him home before they got a TEAM to put around Jordan. I can go through the "the team" players with zero rings. First example, Charles Barkley.

  • gz-up-hoez-down

    most of yo missing the big picture here,,Rakim desrves to be in the picture of hip hop more than most of these so called rappers(the list is long) now with that beoing said one would say why is that the case,,well,,hip hop is a genre which is more competetative which RA' THA god mc knows better,and for a rapper to be on the top where they belong they need to be a little bit agressive in there songs letting the competion know there presence is there,,which i think dre was telling RA to do,,he was not telling him to switch his flow or anything but he was telling him to tell niggas know he is the king even though they knew that already,,but as a rapper u need to do this and fans wants that competetion which actually sells. yes RA is the truth but he doesnt get what he deserve which thats what dre was trying to help him achieve but too bad homie couldn't listen. the best example is 50 cent,,he was dope b4 signing for dre and EM dre pushed him to sell records! i for one could ve loved to hear more dre and Ra on an album,,!maybe too late now!!! sad!! ps: i think a lot of poroducers tells their artists to switch flows and sound different on records its just how music is.

  • Anonymous

    "Port of Miami is a weed plate" Weed plates don't go gold.

  • Anonymous

    "Lebron was not asked to water down his game" Yes he was. Why do you think his scoring average went down?

  • dentaldamboy

    As an accountant for Young Money, I am authorized to tell you Rakim has displayed interests in signing with us.

  • Anonymous

    "He's not looking for an explosion or makin hit tracks" That would be like Lebron going to Miami but saying it doesn't matter if they win. Why is Rakim in the music biz then if he doesn't care about going as far as possible? An opportunity to work with Dre doesn't come a long everyday. One album could have propelled him into something much bigger. Instead he's the old guy people say has all this supreme lyrical ability. Stop the presses!

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  • Anonymous

    "the 18th letter better than everything in ur ipod" Port Of Miami crushes that pitiful album all day everyday.

    • MalcolmLittle

      @ 2nd anon, I'd never even be able to bring myself to disrespect my herb like that by breakin it down on any Ross CD my nigga...the bud hits the case and your kush instantly transforms into some backyard boogie...I'm talkin about that shit with a million tiny ass seeds that smells like basement and tastes like lawn clippings.

    • Anonymous

      Good joke. Port of Miami is a weed plate.

  • BLUE

    Is this the nigga all of them old ass niggaz be talking about. Sounds like a lil crying bitch who is blaming everybody else too me. He is blaming Dre for this album. So why did he leave Eric B. in the first place. New Yorker always blame everybody else. Ole cry baby ass niggaz

    • jack johnson

      Rakim didn't just come out saying that stuff, this article is just quoting a small part of a long interview Rakim did on his whole career. The interviewer asked him about when he went to Aftermath and he just answered why him and Dre didn't work together

    • Anonymous

      How is that blaming or crying? Ra didn't tell Dre what do with the beats right? So why is Dre telling Rakim what to do with his rhymes? In fact he just exposed Dre for fabricating beefs for sales. Bet you didn't catch that did you?

  • the Grza

    Dre handled the situation with Ra poorly. He lets an unproven young buck like Kendrick Lamar do whatever he wanted on is album, but tried to tell the most influential MC ever what to rap about? It makes no sense. It worked out for Kendrick, but I cannot understand why the arguable greatest of all time was not given the same freedom for his album some ten plus years ago.

  • Anonymous

    "and others can be added to this list. Are they all confused? Or are you jaded?" Maybe disillusioned. I don't know what their mindsets were, but I don't think it's asking alot of these rappers going in to know exactly what the label is expecting out of them. Or if they even plan on supporting their movement.

  • Anonymous

    "It's called integrity" True, but it's also called business. Going in the direction Dre wanted for one album wasn't going to change who Rakim was. It's a decision rappers have to make, and clearly Rakim made his. It is what it is.

  • DRE COOLEY AKA LUVLESS

    DAMN!

  • mario

    Rakim is obviously confused, I highly doubt Dre was trying to control him like that what he was trying to really do is prevent Rakim from flopping like he did with his last album....Rakim forgets its called music business and the business is to sell records...and honestly i think Dre has shown he knows how to sell more records than Rakim....im sure Dre would of let him get a few records speaking on his topics of choice if THEY WAS DOPE RECORDS....look at the last cd Rakim put out that was horrendous..production sounded dated...lyrics redundant delivery monotone.....he needed some direction ..he sounded washed up and he is one of my favorite emcees but you cant hide from the truth.....he needed Dr dre...horrible mistake..Rakim was just looking for dope beats from Dre but Dre is a producer not a dope beat maker

    • deh'lior

      You are such an idiot to f*ck with Rakim. He is a man who has self respect. He's not looking for an explosion or makin hit tracks. Dre shoulda respected him and done the things with his way. Rakim is not a slave of the industry and he won't be. Dre is a huge assh*le, if you don't know google it learn something if Pac didn't die how he gonna f*ck him. On the other hand, he wasted such a talented MC like Bishop Lament. Where's the god damn album he promised? Stop sh*tting around and open your eyes!

    • Anonymous

      It's called integrity something you young buls don't have anymore. Dre wanted Rakim to compromise his integrity. He (Rakim)didn't earn his respect in the game of off records sold, Dre wanted a civilized man to talk savage for that purpose alone.

    • Anonymous

      How is Rakim confused? He actually dealt with Dre. Raekwon left Aftermath Busta Rhymes left Aftermath Eve left Aftermath Bishop Lamont never released an album Nocturnal had 1 song and others can be added to this list. Are they all confused? Or are you jaded?

  • wise19

    That's DR. Malachi Z York's son!

  • insanemacbeth

    bless to THE GOD EMCEE, RAKIM.

  • So Icy Boi!

    sorry for chatting so much shit guys... I have no life, all i do is watch tranny porn and masturbate and troll on the net on shit i have clue about ignore me

  • So Icy Boi!

    reasons why Rakim sucks: 1. hen a young nigga hear da name Rakim dey ask "who?" or dey think Asap Rickys name 2. he cant sell albums 3. he is 55+ yr old ass nigga

    • Anonymous

      the 18th letter better than everything in ur ipod

    • Big Dan

      Reason why you suck: 1) Your parents got together 2) Then they had you 3) You exist Maybe you are just trying to be funny, but try to educate yourself and I'm not even talking rap here. You need to know things and you need to know things beyond the now. No problems with Asap, but most likely, he won't be commercially releasing records in 7 years and most rap fans then won't know him. Its like he never mattered as a rapper. You can't ever say that about Rakim. Rakim is a classic. I'm not one of those that screams fans need to know their hip hop history (get outta here with that BS in my opinion) but you might as well say what you said about Dre, Biggie, Pac, Jay-Z in ten years, Nas and the list goes on..nonsense right? You can say he is no longer relevant. You can't say he sucks. He never did. Pull your pants up, stop smoking so much weed and grow up.

    • p

      ok, now go get a life.

  • So Icy Boi!

    So Icy Boi!: reasons why Rakim sucks: 1. hen a young nigga hear da name Rakim dey ask "who?" or dey think Asap Rickys name 2. he cant sell albums 3. he is 55+ yr old ass nigga swag.

  • milehighkid303

    THIS whiteboy from the suburbs of Denver knows where the God MC lies in Hip Hop royalty, the kid is sitting at the round table. Some of these posters are complete IDIOTS and the comments are just laughable. In the mid 80's to 90's HIS SHIT WAS POPPIN' the dude literally paved the way and CREATED some of the styles you hear, including one of my favortie in Lloyd Banks.....some of the idocracy here is just........unreal. PEACE TO THE GOD MC.

  • Fuck Long Island

    Lecture? Really? LOL

    • Fuck your Anonymity

      Yes Lecture, Hip Hop legends get lectures while trolls like you get your mother's basement.

  • Anonymous

    "At the time, Dr. Dre was actively working on albums including Xzibit's Restless and Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP, two efforts from lyrical once-underground Hip Hop emcees dabbling in Gangsta Rap." Ummmmmmmmmmm......................

  • Fuck Compton

    Last time I checked Dre was a bitch nigga who don't write his own rhymes or make his own beats. And y'all talking about "Rakim ain't an icon he ain't on Dre's level"

  • Art Brooks

    Dre should'a just gave Ra the beat, let him rhyme whatever he wanted, mix it, and put it on wax.

  • Anonymous

    dre acted sme like these white industry folks

  • The Time And What Must Be Done

    i luh Louis Farrakhan's teachings. he's da truth!

  • Anonymous

    peace to the gods and earths

  • One

    This is something we already knew. Dre is a hard person to work with. Rakim isn't the only one like that such as, Eve, Busta, The Firm, Stat Quo, and many others. They all had a hard time workin' with him. I used to love everything Dre put out until he started workin' with Kendrick and bullshittin' about Detox. Won't lie though, I do miss gangsta music.

  • Anonymous

    "Again the idiots are out in full force... no wonder hip hop has such trash coming through it these days. The corporations that push the stuff cater to the masses and the masses always have their heads in their asses." ^ Scarface told the truth All these clowns do is prove him right with comment submissions. Look at DX, one of the rap websites that caters to the white demographic. The comments are lame, immature, weird, racist. Look at DX' sister site, Nahright, complete difference, even when they play around it isn't like the absolute idiocy that's here. And the postings are the same, just put into different words. * knows Nahggers are here *

    • Bulletproof Wallets

      I wasn't defending the comments of this site by any means just saying that NR commenters are by no means any great standard. The site itself is pretty good and I'm fully aware of how much respect it garners.

    • Anonymous

      They have posters from all around the world son. The topic the other day was Rocafella v No Limit, a beat battle, and betting comment days on NBA playoffs. Many rappers have admitted to reading the c-section and shouted out Nah. Thanks for letting me know you don't be over there. Now let's scroll through the DX comments you're defending..... Nah c-section>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>dx c-section

    • Bulletproof Wallets

      Nahright is a bunch of clowns spending 18 hours a day talking about what different bitches pussys might smell like over 29 straight song posts by people no one outside of a Yonkers barbershop has ever heard of.

  • nigga creep

    Dre a weak ass nigga and the ONLY reason he ever made it is cause he was always surrounded by an army of talented niggas-(n.w.a with yella helpin his ass) then death row (d.o.c. dogg pound) scott storch, mel man,hittman... this nigga cant do shit without an army of people at his side creatin shit he can bite.

    • Anonymous

      None of those guys ever did anything after they left Dre except Scott Storch.

    • Andre

      So then that makes him great at talent spotting and recruitment. Also if he's as controlling as you say, have you ever considered that he might be the reason you think they are so dope.

    • ^^^^^^^^

      But you dont deny he gets people to do production for him and just stamps his name on?

    • dubs

      Everyone else you just mentioned is irrelvant now, so how is Dre the one without talent? Men lie, women lie, numbers don't.

  • jus10

    I understand what Rakim's saying here, but this project couldn't have been any worse than the Seventh Seal. Just sayin'.

  • Anonymous

    "Dre's formula [is]: if it ain't broke, don't fix it" Based on this, Dre's approach for DETOX is: "If I ain't broke, don't drop it"

  • Anonymous

    Icons are the one's like Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Eminem, Jay Z, etc. who achieved longevity, but also backed it up with sales. People can name countless songs they've done. If Rakim was so great why are his sales in the trash out front? If he's so great, why haven't we ever heard any of the songs he supposedly did with Dre? You act like just because people give him compliments, or praise his ability to rhyme that means the same thing as actually having the career acghievements to back it all up. Don't be foolish. Think before you lash out because I exposed your idol.

    • Real Talk 100

      Also you clearly do not understand the hiphop culture to say Rakim is not an icon. From your standard, an icon is somebody that must transcend hiphop culture and be accepted and consumed by white America. This ignores the fact that hiphop originated in black America. From your standard, there are many legends in hiphop, reggae, and blues that aren't considered icons, just because their music didn't crossover?

    • Real Talk 100

      Notorious BIG is an icon, he only dropped one album while he was alive, so how do you explain that? Wu Tang would not be considered icons from your narrow standard. Longevity and commercial success are most definitely a factor in determining "icon" status, but so is impact, innovation, and influence. There's a reason Rakim, Biggie, and Wu Tang are considered icons, despite lacking the catalog size or commercial success of guys like say LL Cool J or Snoop, 1) impact while they were hot, 2) innovation, and 3) influence.

    • Me

      @whocaresidont What did Rakim's 1997 album do in week 2? I bought that album the day it came out and probably have not listened to it since. Paid in Full and Follow the Leader are classics. I listen to those regularly but I am not bumping the "the 18th Letter" ever.

    • Shark

      comment goes to the 1st Anonymous talkin' bout fuckin' sales like it's the be-all end-all for an artist. So Katy Perry & LMFAO are the "best" then??

    • Shark

      @Anonymous... God, you're a stupid fuck for even saying dumb shit like that.

    • tigerking79

      You have to be the biggest fucking idiot. Rappers are still biting off of Rakim's lyrics from Paid In Full. Rakim is one of the top 3 MC's of all time. If you think Rakim isn't any good, then you don't know jack shit about hip hop. In 1986, when Rakim was 17 years old he was rapping a trillion times better than most of these crab ass rappers today.

    • Lboy

      Yo you know your talking about Rakim right? the O.G. of this hiphop complex flow shit right? The one who set the blueprint for artist like Em and Jay. Rakim is your favorite rappers favorite rapper yo just fall back cus your bringing up alot of irrelevant facts, is Rakim the biggest hiphop artist out now? far from it. Is he a legend that helped take hiphop too the next level? yes, thats all that matters

    • god mc

      according to your theory justin bieber is the greatest artist alive

    • Anonymous

      STFU. Rakim paved the way for all these other rappers, everyone rapping today has a lil Rakim in their style, First to rock heavy jewels in Vids, first to really FLOW with his 16s. All this shit today leads back to the God Emcee and it's sad that these new rappers don't even know who he is, that's why the art form has been killed.

    • whocaresidont

      In Hip-Hop, he does have the sales. All the Eric B and Rakim albums were Gold, all their singles were anticipated, their videos were all over BET. From 1987-1992, they had hits and fame. Stuff like "Paid in Full" still gets played and is recognizable. Five years later, his solo was highly anticipated. MTV was all over it at the time in 1997. "Guess Who's Back" was all over the place that summer. The Album was #4 on the pop charts. There was no Eminem. Jay-Z wasn't a mainstream pop-artist yet. When Rakim was #4, Jay-Z was #3, btw- behind Mase and Shania Twain. There was no one in Hip-Hop on the popular level of Michael Jackson/Rolling Stones. Pop success was mostly limited to novelty dance songs and remakes. His commercial career after that was fumbled, but he was already 10 years in after his breakthrough as a major artist. Things change and most artists and genres don't last over a decade, especially when you take time off.

    • Bulletproof Wallets

      Everyone was still rapping like Sugarhill Gang in 1986 except Rakim and Kane. They INVENTED new rap styles. Not sold them - CREATED them, from nothing, out of nowhere. Icon or not that alone is pretty fucking impressive and worthy of all praises.

  • Money

    The legends like Rakim and Public Enemy are allowing it, for the love of money.

  • We are at War

    Look at that vanilla audience taking notes and applying them in these comments on how to make a legend irrelevant. smh We are handing hip hop over like jews handed over Brooklyn..."Black flight". They going have Marshall Mathers the god father of rap in less than 10 years.

  • ...?

    I didn't know Dre was that involved on how the song ended up, so he is a REAL producer not just a beat maker. Dre you need to get Mel-Man & Scott Storch to co-produce with him and actually (dare I say) make Detox.

    • ...?

      Dre produced The Chronic & Doggystyle by himself, when has Mel-Man fucked up & Scott Storch is now sober and getting back to work.

    • tigerking79

      What has Mel-Man done lately? Nothing. Scott Storch is broke and fell off about 6 years ago. Ever notice how Scott Storch's beats pretty much sounded the same.

    • nigga creep

      that's just it, nigga always needs talent right by his side. he cant do shit by hisself.

  • Gold Teeth Are Lame As Hell

    So Rakim, You liked Eric because he was a yes man? Where is Eric now? What is he doing? Dre is arguably the best hip hop producer of all time and you are debating on what to say? Just say what he want, make a few mill and go back to doing nothing like you are doing now?

    • Anonymous

      Gold teeth are lame as hell? loL, that's the best gold in the world! You meant 10k gold caps knucklehead......not a 24k solid molded gold tooth.....smother yourself.

    • d-nucks

      DRE wanted Rakim to get on some gangsta shit....And rakim ain't about that....thats where they clashed

    • H.I.T.T.M.A.N.

      So U want Rakim to be the yes man?! LoL!! A shit load of accolades doesn`t always translate into chemistry with every artist. Do U notice how Dre does not have one beat on Kendrick Lamar`s GKMC?! Yet the record is still a success right? And Rakim might not be doin` nothing right now but he`s doin` enuf to make U take time out to give your 2 cents...

  • H.I.T.T.M.A.N.

    U can`t tell tha God what to rap about, just do the damn beat & fall back (smh). I feel your pain Ra... I once joked about it by sayin` that "i`m gonna name my album {This Is What Dr. Dre Think I Should Rap About}".

  • kkk

    rakim is a dirty nigger that should be burnt and hanged

  • zerocool6687

    Again the idiots are out in full force... no wonder hip hop has such trash coming through it these days. The corporations that push the stuff cater to the masses and the masses always have their heads in their asses. Dre... one of the best at what he did... sure he did a lot of collaborations but he is still here and those other guys are often so small they can be considered a memory, Dre did a lot more than some are willing to give credit to. Ra's influence changed the game significantly. Seen someone say he needs to grow up and cannot have the hood mentality forever "I didn't really have to beef with my peers, nahmean? And he wanted me to set it off and brag about about who I was and what I did. At that point, I felt like they already knew. To brag about it, it'd take points off the board with what I did and what I'm doin'." tha fuck you think that means? In fact the whole interview conveys respect for another man that has earned his. What we should be upset about is how this collaboration never came to pass because of two different artistic visions... we lost out cuz of that. No I guess you can get back to all your stupidity and trashing of these two legends!

  • Anonymous

    aftermath drops every one rap could be so tight

  • Anonymous

    FUCK THIS FIFTY YEAR OLD LOSER

  • Anonymous

    WHATS A NAHMEAN ?

  • yeah

    the first blue print the best

  • Anonymous

    Rakim still the God Emcee fuck what naysayers think

  • glory days

    Dont Approach Me ft Eminem was dope

  • keep it real

    restless was when commercial was dope

    • Anonymous

      U Know ft Dr.Dre Alkaholik ft. erick sermon, jro & tash Rimz and tirez ft defari goldie loc & kokane Front 2 Back Dont Approach me

  • keep it real

    right around the time rap went whack no one knows how dope rap could be if rappers worked with the right people

  • Anonymous

    And how many hits has Dre written..........I'll wait.

  • Anonymous

    An icon is someone who has consistently brought hits to the table for decades. Rakim is nowhere near an icon. Makes you wonder if he would just let Dre have his way for one album how much more popular he would have been.

    • jack johnson

      Rakim completely changed the way people rap which is why people in hip hop call him the God Emcee. He also put out 4 classic albums in a row with Eric B. You're obviously a young Dr. Dre fan and don't actually know much about hip hop

    • Anonymous

      Wow how little you know about this game, an icon is someone who is referenced again and again when speaking of what's good or the best. Ask rappers, and I promise 90% of the time, they reference Rakim amongst others....seen it, know it... Dre is cool but let's not forget the sparkly sequin out fit before he turned "gangsta"

  • Anonymous

    Dre is stupid for not letting Rakim just do his thing. Dre don't write so he has no business telling people what to write about. Period.

  • RR

    "R.A.K.I.M." was produced by Denaun Porter...

  • CRACK BABY

    "Since his departure from Aftermath, Rakim released one album"... ...THAT NOBODY EVER TALKS ABOUT SO ITS IRRELEVANT TRASH.

    • jack johnson

      And how many albums has Dr. Dre made after Rakim left? Oh yeah none. Dr. Dre hasn't even produced a song for another artist in the last two years, not one single song. At least Rakim is still putting out music for fans

  • CRACK BABY

    I'VE NEVER PERCEIVED EMINEM'S MUSIC AS "GANSTA RAPPER"...EVER. RAKIM JUST SEEMS IMMATURE...I KNOW A LOT OF OLDER BLACK MEN LIKE HIM. YOU CAN'T HAVE THAT HOOD MENTALITY FOREVER... IS ANY OTHER NIGGAZ TRYING TO BE LIKE JAY?? DAMN...

  • Anonymous

    dre is also a bit overrated. he's dope, but many of his best beats are coproductions...

  • Anonymous

    could of made music like "After you die" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbSCDgw4s7U rakim and dre

  • Anonymous

    damn these trolls are played...

  • Anonymous

    Lecture??? LMAO

  • dentaldamboy

    Dr Dre likes to make records that sell and that people want to listen to. Rakim likes to make music that's used as a weed tray by people ARE NOT ON WELFARE and who can actually afford thier weed.

  • The Ice Cold Phenom

    We need another Eric B and Rakim album but it probably won't ever happen.

  • 123

    They have more songs together. They had another 2-3 songs that got released around that time but didnt get out on anything Good tracks too

  • IMhO

    i think a rakim album produced by dre wold be wild. but dres gotta let rakim do him while also listenin 2 dre on certain things..i think if done right could be a classic

  • Anonymous

    the 18th Letter and the Master are classics the seventh seal was slackin

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