The 18th Letter/The Book of Life

The 18th Letter/The Book of Life

by Rakim



The 18th Letter/The Book of Life set is an excellent collection of material that succinctly outlines the career of the well-known, highly respected, and deft lyricist Rakim. The first disc, also released alone as The 18th Letter, was released in late 1997 after a four-year period of inactivity and features 12 tracks of previously unreleased material. The collection of producers on this album shows Rakim's ability to change his lyrical and vocal style so as not to bore the listener, but at the same time maintain a consistent and dependable level of creativity and ingenuity. The two R&B-tinged tracks, "Stay a While" and "Show Me Love," represent two instances where R&B and hip-hop successfully merge without too much sugarcoating or hazy outlines. "The Mystery (Who Is God?)" is a serious lyrical synopsis of Rakim's spiritual beliefs and social commentary; still in the relaxed but intense style of delivery that Rakim is known for are "Guess Who's Back" and "New York (Ya Out There)," among other songs. No track on The 18th Letter stands out more than another, because each is strong in content and rhythmically powerful. The second disc in this set is a collection of popular songs from the four albums Rakim had released as one-half of a rapper-DJ duo with DJ Eric B.: Paid in Full, Follow the Leader, Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em, and Don't Sweat the Technique. Also included in the songs on this disc is "Know the Ledge," an edgy, up-tempo declaration of rhyming skill from the Juice soundtrack that provided a brief dose of Rakim during his hiatus after Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em. Including titles such as "I Know You Got Soul," "Microphone Fiend," "My Melody," "Move the Crowd," "Mahogany," and "Paid in Full," the second disc (known as The Book of Life) is an ideal introduction to the impressive past of Rakim as a lyricist.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/1997
Label: Umvd Labels
UPC: 0601215311129
catalogNumber: 53111

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rakim   Primary Artist
Eric B. & Rakim   Track Performer
Clark Kent   scratching
Eric B.   Track Performer
Pete Rock   Piano,scratching
Def Jam Blaster   scratching
Robyn Small   Vocals
DJ Sond   scratching
Nneka Nneka   Vocals

Technical Credits

Rodney Franklin   Composer
Ralph Sutton   Engineer
Tony A.   Engineer
Patrick Adams   Engineer
Louis Alfred   Engineer
Carlton Batts   Engineer
DJ Premier   Programming,Producer
Father Shaheed   Producer
Gary G-Wiz   Remixing
Dante Gioia   Engineer
Stevie Blass Griffin   Composer
Clark Kent   Programming,Producer
Marley Marl   Remixing
Anton Pukshansky   Engineer
Rakim   Programming,Producer,Executive Producer
Brian Scheuble   Engineer
Hank Shocklee   Composer,Remixing
Elai Tubo   Engineer
Carl Glanville   Engineer
Eric Sadler   Composer
Kenny Ortíz   Engineer
P. Tony   Engineer
Eric B.   Programming,Producer,Composer
Pete Rock   Programming,Producer
Dann Wojnar   Engineer
William Griffin   Composer
Jackie Rhinehart   Art Direction
Craig Winzelberg   Engineer
Nick Wiz   Programming,Producer
Andy Grassie   Engineer
Naughty Shorts   Producer
M. Warlow   Art Direction
D. Simmons   Art Direction
Dino Delvaille   Executive Producer
Bill Blass   Producer
Steve Griffin   Composer

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The 18th Letter/The Book of Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is slamming ya'll. For the guys that have bump in tha trunk; its a must buy.