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Nas honours Rakim at first Hip-Hop Grandmaster Awards: “I’m forever in debt”

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Nas honoured his idol Rakim at the inaugural Paid In Full Foundation Hip-Hop Grandmaster Awards.The hip-hop legend Rakim rose to fame as a part of the DJ-MC rap duo Eric B & Rakim in the 1980s, with the duo still highly regarded as one of the most influential and best duos in rap.

The was honoured on Saturday (November 18) at the first-ever Hip-Hop Grandmaster Awards.Nas was asked to honour the duo with a speech, and started his speech by rapping a couplet from Eric B & Rakim’s 1987 track ‘Paid In Full’: “Thinkin’ of a master plan / ‘Cause ain’t nothin’ but sweat inside my hand.” He then proceeded to say that the song “said, ‘I can make it [as a rapper]'” before lising Rakim, Doug E.

Fresh, Ice Cube, Flavor Flav, and Texan rapper and Geto Boys member Scarface as “the heroes” that were the reason why he “made it.”He lovingly told them: “I’m forever in debt to y’all.”Nas pays tribute to Rakim at the Hip Hop Grandmaster Awards— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) November 19, 2023The New Yorker went on to say that, because of Rakim and all the other hip-hop pioneer’s music, “technology changed for good”.“A cassette couldn’t give us the quality of what y’all was making, they had to make CDs for you, bruh,” he said. “Technology couldn’t keep up with you!”The ‘One Mic’ rapper recounted listening to ‘Paid In Full’ with his friend and discussing the lyrics, saying Rakim had “all of us from here to Japan, Ghana to Nigeria to Russia – this is what we’re thinking about you, my brother.”Nas also remembered the time a valet was “blasting” Eric B & Rakim’s 1987 song ‘Eric B Is President’ out of his car, his then seven-year-old son went “crazy” asking “what is this?” and the rapper had a glimpse back.

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