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18th Letter
     

The 18th Letter

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by Rakim
 

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It took Rakim five years to begin his solo career, but the wait was worth it -- The 18th Letter is one of the strongest records a veteran rapper released in the late '90s. Working with a variety of producers (Pete Rock, Clark Kent, Father Shaheed,

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It took Rakim five years to begin his solo career, but the wait was worth it -- The 18th Letter is one of the strongest records a veteran rapper released in the late '90s. Working with a variety of producers (Pete Rock, Clark Kent, Father Shaheed, DJ Premier), Rakim sounds sharp, focused, and strong, rapping with a force unheard of on his classic albums with Eric B. He still retains his knack for rolling, laid-back rhymes, but what's impressive is how he can switch between that style and a more aggressive technique. There are a few slow spots on the record, but in general, few latter-day albums by '80s rappers sound as powerful and vital as The 18th Letter.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/1997
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0601215311327
catalogNumber:
53113
Rank:
30245

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Performance Credits

Rakim   Primary Artist
Pete Rock   Piano,scratching
Robyn Small   Vocals
DJ Sond   scratching
Nneka Nneka   Vocals

Technical Credits

DJ Premier   Programming,Producer
Father Shaheed   Programming,Producer
Clark Kent   Programming,Producer
Rakim   Executive Producer
Pete Rock   Programming,Producer
Jackie Rhinehart   Art Direction
Nick Wiz   Programming,Producer
Naughty Shorts   Producer
M. Warlow   Art Direction
D. Simmons   Art Direction
Dino Delvaille   Executive Producer
Bill Blass   Producer

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The 18th Letter 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rakim hasn't sounded this good since Paid In Full. Don't get me wrong: albums such as Follow the Leader, Paid..., and Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em are bonafide masterpieces by Eric B. and Ra, but he sounds so unhampered here. Especially on ''When I'm Flowin'', which to me is a classic display of lyricism by any MC ever. Rakim is the G-O-D!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago