Rakim May Be The God MC But He’s A Devil On The Turntables. This. Is. Hip-Hop (Video)
If you read ego trip’s Book Of Rap Lists, and bluntly speaking, all Heads should, page 52 has a great list of MCs with supreme DJ skills. Rakim, often revered as one of—if not thee greatest rapper—proves himself to be one such double-threat. Recently, the Long Island, New York legend got behind two turntables and a mixer to pay tribute to the late Jam Master Jay.
Rakim beat-juggled some of Run-D.M.C.’s “Peter Piper” alongside another 1980s New York Hip-Hop legend in DJ Hurricane (Beastie Boys/The Afros). In a video that is more than nine minutes, the iconic lyricist keeps his confidence when the records spin—and the homies bug out.
#BonusBeat: Catch DJ Jazzy Jeff’s 2015 “Peter Piper” routine, which the video uploader believes is an influence upon Ra’s: