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By Anonym 14 Sep

Rakim

It's a bold statement but I think people need to read between the lines.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

Dabbling in music and being in music when I was young I had my own view of what I thought music was whether it was jazz, r&b, or hip hop.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rakim

Once you start making money you have to put things into perspective.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

I don't want to put nobody on blast but in the beginning it's like somebody telling you somebody looks like you and you've been looking in the mirror your whole life and nobody looks like you. Same thing with me.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Rakim

Thinkin' of a master plan Cause ain't nothin' but sweat inside my hand.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rakim

Playing the sax and then enjoying jazz music man. It's like I learned how to find words inside of the beat.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Rakim

There's things in the Bible when you read the Quran there different wordings. The Quran is dealing with the Most High and the Bible is dealing with God. If they read them both and put it together they'll know what the true culture is.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

I'm you and you are me. I'm a man and you're a man. When people understand the more they know Self, the real Inner Self of themselves it's the same physical structure you've got. The same things you deal with I deal with. Everything derives from the mind. What's funny is the mind is the hardest question and I guess that's why I'm always writing about it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

I had a little more freedom when I started sampling because you could actually do what you wanted to do.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

I get a craving like I fiend for nicotine. But I don't need a cigarette, know what I mean?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

I get the Martian look all the time even in the hood. I walk down to the shopping block and people just look at me with their mouth open man like what are you doing out here and I'm like I'm trying to get a pair of sneakers duke what's good? What are you doing [and I'm like] I'm hungry I wanted some juice and I needed some bread.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

It ain't where you're from, it's where you're at.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

I'm just an addict, addicted to music Maybe it's a habit...I gotta use it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

Back in the day, music imitated life. Now it's the opposite way around: life is imitating music. It's like whatever the rappers say, people think that that's how we're supposed to be; but back then, we kind of looked at the streets, and we made music for that.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

I can take a phrase that's rarely heard/Flip it - now it's a daily word

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

I go to Queens for queens to get the crew from Brooklyn, Make money in Manhattan and never been tooken. Go Uptown and the Bronx to boogie down, Get strong on the Island, recoup, and lay around.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rakim

Now life is imitating art.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rakim

Subconsciously, Islam took over me so it was like eighty or ninety percent of the fabric of the person I was.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rakim

I think rap was a better move for me but football's been my love since I learned how to walk. I was gonna be a running back or quarterback. That was my life. That was it but things happen for a reason. I wouldn't trade this in for nothing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

And I'll break, when I'm through breakin, I'll leave you broke, Drop the mic when I'm finished, and watch it smoke

By Anonym 15 Sep

Rakim

The mind is one of Allah's best designs.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

I started studying in '85 and got knowledge of self and started spitting. What was going on was taking the understanding of what I was reading and applying it with my life and applying it with my rhymes.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rakim

Take 7 emcees put em in a line And add 7 more brothers who think they can rhyme It'll take 7 more before I go for mine And that's 21 emcees ate up at the same time.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

I never went to college. I think about it a lot. I can't watch a game without thinking where I would have been if I had ga head and went to college and pursued my career.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rakim

Self-esteem makes me super, superb and supreme

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rakim

Keep your guns on and don't let anybody tell you how to load your guns or bust ya guns.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

Allah's blessings is like everyday. I can't do nothing without mentioning ALLAH or one of his words. I can't do nothing without coming across one of his blessings or doing something and be like that's Allah talking to me or something happen to me and I say Allah gave me that.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Rakim

Timeless, so age don't count in the booth When your flow stay submerged in the fountain of youth

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

Hopefully we get back to the raw essence of hip hop again.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Rakim

Whenever I sat down to write something it was never anything I took lightly. It was something that I'd want you, somebody in Japan, and somebody [over there to hear it].

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

If anybody can make a change it's the rappers.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

I always wanted to kind of make the listener feel like it was them that I was talking about, or to the point that I could say the rhyme, and feel like it's them saying it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rakim

Sometimes I look at new artists trying to come out or trying to make their name and it's like they're coming into the game blind. They don't really know what the world is going to expect from them and they really trying to get in where they fit in but me I almost got the red carpet.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Rakim

When I hear my first album today I hear myself reading my rhymes but I'm my worst critic.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rakim

I've always been a fan of hip hop and there are cats out there that I admire.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Rakim

When you come in the building with your guns don't take them off.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rakim

Sometimes I see where I want to take the song and wind up at the end and come back to the beginning. I don't miss nothing and everything is good. Everything I thought of is incorporated in it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

As far as our physical form, the mind is a great temple. But it has a life span and it dies.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

Every time I sit down and write I got to put something conscious in there. It's like I got a job now. They say that for those that know you got to deal in equality. If you know and you don't speak on it and don't apply it, it's like you're the worst hypocrite. I feel I got a job to do, being that I study so much and I believe in Allah like I do, I feel like I got to spread the word.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

I always had an intelligence with me, I was always in the streets, I was always trying to do good. I was always looking for something to guide me. In the beginning church wasn't it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rakim

Sometimes I feel I'm the luckiest rapper in the world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rakim

Stay wise and the mind is untouchable.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rakim

Now I got kids and I'm more wise now. Life means more to me than having fun. I'm more calm, more wise, and more cautious.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

I love to see when people are real passionate about what they feel and what they say.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

Even when I was out on tour I used to fly home on the weekends to be with my girl and be with my family to see my kids grow up and just be there for them. When they started going to school it was like that too whether it was homework or if I have to go up to the school I was there.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rakim

My moms is strictly Christian but once I got knowledge of self and started reading she used to love when I would sit there and tell her some of the things that I learned. It gave her an open mind to where she started believing in the most high.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rakim

Sometimes people say yo do you think rap changed you. No doubt it changed me. If I wasn't making records I'd still be hanging every night.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rakim

It might sound crazy but you put your money up and take out a little every week. You put yourself on a salary instead of getting $7,000 this week, $20,000 next week and $5,000 the week after that. Take a $1,000. You got your toys, you got everything and your money under your mattress. Break it down and have a salary to take care of you and your family and stretch that money.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

I never really liked the idea of doing mixtapes but at the same time it was a big thing a lot of people were doing it and it almost got to the point where if you didn't touch the mixtape circuit it was like you didn't care.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rakim

I don't accept that the new generation is looking for anything different than what we've always been looking for. Depending on the moment, they want bangers that make them crack their neck, they want tracks that put them in a zone where they can sit back and chill.