Rakim (birth name William Michael Griffin Jr.) is an American East Coast hip hop and golden age hip hop singer and rapper. He was born on January 28, 1968 in, Queens, New York. He rose to fame as a member of the hip hop duo, Eric B. & Rakim. After splitting with this band, he signed contract with both Universal and MCA Records labels. After this deal, he began recording his first solo album. The 18th Letter was released in the late 1990s and it was a real break. This album also produced several singles such as "The 18th Letter (Always And Forever)", "Skit", "It's Been a Long Time", "Guess Who's Back" and "New York (Ya Out There)". It also received very good reviews from critics. Now, you may download Rakim's breakthrough debut album, The 18th Letter, in mp3 from our site. In 2008, he released his first compilation album, The Archive: Live, Lost & Found, which included his most popular hit singles.