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Universally referenced as one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time, Rakim first exploded onto the New York scene in 1986 with the iconic "Eric B. is President" single and album "Paid In Full." With its unprecedented lyricism and complex rhyme patterns, the release, alongside a carefully curated mixture of conscious spirituality, street wise... See full bio »
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 2018 White Boy Rick (writer: "Paid in Full" - as William Griffin)
 2018 The After Party (writer: "Eric B. for President" - as William Griffin)
 2018 Luke Cage (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- They Reminisce Over You (2018) ... (performer: "King's Paradise" - uncredited)
 2018 Pose (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (2018) ... (writer: "Paid in Full", "My Melody")
 2018 The Cloverfield Paradox (writer: "Don't Sweat the Technique" - as William Griffin)
 2017 Cannonball (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Splash Hits (2017) ... (writer: "Don't Sweat the Technique" - uncredited)
 2017 The Defiant Ones (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Part 4 (2017) ... (performer: "Addictive" - uncredited)
  The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2017) (writer - 1 episode, 2017)
- Matthew Perry/Jon Glaser/Fall Out Boy (2017) ... (performer: "I Know You Got Soul") / (writer: "I Know You Got Soul")
 2017 The Breaks (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- N.T. (2017) ... (writer: "Let the Rhythm Hit 'em")
- Amen, Brother (2017) ... (writer: "Let the Rhythm Hit 'em")
 2015 Togetherness (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Ghost in Chains (2015) ... (performer: "Don't Sweat the Technique")
 2015 Dope (writer: "Juice (Know The Ledge)" - as William Griffin)
 2015 Fresh Dressed (Documentary) (writer: "Move The Crowd")
 2014 EA Sports UFC (Video Game) (performer: "Guilty All the Same") / (writer: "Guilty All the Same")
 2013 Battle of the Year (writer: "Know the Ledge" - as William Griffin)
 2012 Parenthood (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- One More Weekend with You (2012) ... (performer: "Paid In Full" - uncredited)
 2012 Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (Documentary) (performer: "Follow The Leader", "The 18th Letter (Always And Forever)") / (writer: "Follow The Leader", "The 18th Letter (Always And Forever)", "My Melody") / (writer: "Microphone Fiend" - as William Griffin)
 2011 The Lincoln Lawyer (writer: "Don't Sweat the Technique" - as William Griffin)
 2011/I Limitless (writer: "Don't Sweat The Technique" - as William Griffin)
 2010 Dance Central (Video Game) (writer: "Don't Sweat The Technique" - as William Griffin)
 2010 Cop Out (writer: "Follow the Leader" - as William Griffin)
 2009 Dance Flick (writer: "Know the Ledge (Juice)" - as William Griffin)
 2009 Fish Tank (writer: "Juice (Know the Ledge)", "Don't Sweat the Technique" - as William D. Griffin)
 2008 Center Stage: Turn It Up (writer: "Don't Sweat" - as William Griffith)
 2008 Step Up 2: The Streets (writer: "Money in the Bank" - as William Griffin)
 2007 Skate. (Video Game) (performer: "Juice (Know the Ledge)") / (writer: "Juice (Know the Ledge)")
 2005 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Top 10 (2005) ... (performer: "Know the Ledge")
 2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Video Game) ("I Know You Got Soul", uncredited) / (writer: "I Know You Got Soul" - uncredited)
 2004 Tony Hawk's Underground 2 (Video Game) (writer: "Soul Brother #1")
 2003 Old School (writer: "Papered Up" - as William Griffin)
 2002 Brown Sugar (writer: "Paid in Full (7 Minutes of Madness Remix)" - as William Griffin)
 2002 Paid in Full (writer: "Paid in Full" - as William Griffin)
 2001 The Wash (writer: "I Aint No Joke" - as William Griffin)
 2001 Life as a House (writer: "Rearranged" - as William Griffin)
 2001 Freddy Got Fingered (writer: "Microphone Fiend" - as William Griffin)
 2001 Scratch (Documentary) (writer: "Know the Ledge (Juice)", "Microphone Fiend" - as William Griffin)
 2000 High Fidelity (writer: "Juice (Know the Ledge)", "What's On Your Mind" - as William Griffin)
 2000 Boiler Room (performer: "New York (Ya Out There)") / (writer: "New York (Ya Out There)")
 2000 American Psycho (writer: "Paid In Full (Coldcut Remix)" - as W. Griffin)
 1998 The Rugrats Movie ("Take the Train") / (performer: "Take the Train")
 1998 The Replacement Killers (writer: "Makes Me Wanna Die")
 1995 Tommy Boy (as William Griffin, "I Love It Loud (Injected Mix)")
 1993 CB4 (writer: "Paid in Full" - as William Griffin)
 1992 Juice (producer: "Juice (Know the Ledge)") / (writer: "Juice (Know the Ledge)" - as William Griffin)
 1991 House Party 2 (writer: "What's On Your Mind" - as William Griffin)
 1990 House Party (writer: "Run 4 Cover" - as W. Griffin)
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