This year Rakim was nominated for a spot in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, and next year marks the 25th anniversary of his debut album Paid In Full. Complex sat down with the living legend to speak on those benchmarks, his upcoming album and much more. Some choice quotes:
“I’m a big fan of Jay-Z’s whole movement. I’m a big fan of Eminem. I’m a big fan of people like The LOX, Wu-Tang Clan, and different rappers like that. Just watching from afar, knowing where it came from, to see where it’s at now and see how rap impacts the world is unbelievable.”
Have you heard of A$AP Rocky?
He’s a young rapper coming out of Harlem. When he was born, his parents named him Rakim, after you.
Wow. I’ll keep my eye on him.
READ: Complex Interview: Rakim Talks New Album, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, & A$AP Rocky