Editors’ Notes This audiobook, read by hip-hop pioneer Rakim himself, is as much memoir as exploration of the author's own philosophy about writing and art, and comes to you compliments of Apple Books for a limited time only. As half of the highly influential New York rap duo Eric B. and Rakim, Rakim has spent his career not merely observing the cultural explosion of hip-hop, but facilitating it.

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Opening Credits
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0:31
 
Epigraph
2
0:10
 
Prologue
3
1:27
 
Intro - The Door
4
4:24
 
Intro - Origins
5
12:36
 
Intro - From the Parks To the Studio
6
12:03
 
Part I - Purpose - Notes on How to Emcee
7
6:57
 
Part I - Purpose - Find Your Path
8
13:27
 
Part I - Purpose - The Griffins
9
10:03
 
Part I - Purpose - True Meaning
10
7:57
 
Part II - Inspiration - Notes on Mahogany
11
9:36
 
Part II - Inspiration - Find Inspiration to Be Great
12
12:16
 
Part II - Inspiration - Lee and Ali
13
6:45
 
Part II - Inspiration - Coming Up
14
12:26
 
Part II - Inspiration - First Loves
15
12:16
 
Part II - Inspiration - School Daze
16
21:00
 
Part III - Spirituality - Notes on the Mystery (Who Is God)
17
9:57
 
Part III - Spirituality - Believe in Something Greater Than Yourself
18
16:46
 
Part III - Spirituality - Nation of Gods and Earths
19
22:59
 
Part III - Spirituality - Strong Island to Latin Quarter
20
31:45
 
Part IV - Consciousness - Notes on Musical Massacre
21
3:53
 
Part IV - Consciousness - Embrace Conscious Energy
22
15:45
 
Part IV - Consciousness - From High School to Rap Star
23
12:37
 
Part IV - Consciousness - The Hip-Hop Throne
24
29:12
 
Part V - Energy - Notes on Casualties of War
25
7:25
 
Part V - Energy - Enter the Zone
26
13:39
 
Part V - Energy - Divine Universal Consciousness - Frequencies
27
11:27
 
Part V - Energy - Who's Gonna Take the Weight
28
12:41
 
Part V - Energy - End of an Era
29
15:32
 
Outro - No Omega
30
26:54
 
Credits
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3:00