Rakim is easily one of my fave MC’s ever.
For his return to hip hop in 1997, Rakim released The 18th Letter, his first solo album. It wasn’t groundbreaking, but it was good overall with some tightly produced tracks by some of the best (Clark Kent, Premier).
‘Guess Who’s Back’ is definitely one of the best tracks off the LP.
And check out the sample from Bob James: