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Eric B. & Rakim
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Publicity still of Eric B. (left) and Rakim (right)
Background information
Origin Long Island, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, East Coast hip hop
Years active 1986–1993, 2016–present
Labels 4th & B'way, Uni, MCA
Associated acts Marley Marl, Jody Watley, Large Professor
Members Eric B.
Rakim

Eric B. & Rakim are an American hip hop duo formed in Long Island, New York, in 1986, composed of DJ Eric B. (born Eric Barrier) and MC Rakim (born William Michael Griffin Jr.). AllMusic wrote that "during rap's so-called golden age in the late '80s, Eric B. & Rakim were almost universally recognized as the premier DJ/MC team in all of hip-hop." Tom Terrell of NPR called them "the most influential DJ/MC combo in contemporary pop music period." The editors of About.com ranked them as No. 5 on their list of the 10 Greatest Hip-Hop Duos of All-Time, and Rolling Stone ranked them No. 5 on its list of the 20 Greatest Duos of All Time.

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