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John Kennedy / August 2, 2010

“I Ain’t No Joke,” from Paid In Full (1987)

Pssssttttt. Wanna know a secret? Don’t tell anyone, but… Rakim was a really good rapper! Oh, you knew that? Of course, you did. Anyone who’s heard “I Ain’t No Joke,” the first track and the second single off Eric B. and Rakim’s debut, knows that. Ra was incredible on the mic and wasted no time showing it off.