Often thought of as the father of modern day rap, Rakim is the heart of rapping. He wasn’t as intense as others, rather using a calm, highly effective and impactful way of delivering his style of music. Nevertheless, his scratching skills (and those of his partner) as well as his cutting and overall production abilities helped to make him a leader in this industry.
Often just called B.I.G., this man was one of the best known artists for his freestyle battles. His Jamaican descent helped to give him an edge over other rappers. He worked often with Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, a link that would help him to become one of the most sought after and well loved rappers out there.