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Sitting down with Hartford's number one for Hip-Hop and R&B, Hot 93.7, he shared that when he was first getting into Hip-Hop, he initially questioned how long the genre would be around.
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"When I was first getting involved making a conscious, serious decision to make it my livelihood, it was a question you know, like is it going to last? is it a fad?" he admitted, but "to see it come this far... and the way it impact the world, Hip-Hop is not only taking the world by storm, it's the number one genre," he said.
Noting that Hip-Hop is practically ingrained in everything, he added "every other genre is influenced by Hip-Hop... even Country music, they're saying slang."
When he thinks about his first introductions to Hip-Hop, he explained that he could take it all the way back to nursery rhymes and he was essentially "involved with Hip-Hop before the first rap record came out."
For more from the legendary Rakim, listen to the full interview above.