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The 18th Letter - The Book of Life


Download links and information about The 18th Letter - The Book of Life by Rakim. This album was released in 1997 and it belongs to Hip Hop/R&B, Rap genres. It contains 32 tracks with total duration of 02:05:19 minutes.

Artist: Rakim
Release date: 1997
Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Rap
Tracks: 32
Duration: 02:05:19
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No. Title Length
1. Intro 0:12
2. The 18th Letter (Always and Forever) 3:00
3. Skit 0:23
4. It's Been a Long Time 3:57
5. Remember That 4:40
6. The Saga Begins 4:22
7. Skit 0:19
8. Guess Who's Back 4:10
9. Stay a While 4:25
10. New York (Ya Out There) 4:03
11. Show Me Love 4:18
12. Skit 0:18
13. The Mystery (Who Is God?) 5:20
14. When I'm Flowin' 5:04
15. It' Been a Long Time (Suave House Mix) 3:58
16. Guess Who's Back (Alternative Mix) 4:10
17. Outro 1:19
18. I Know You Got Soul (featuring Eric B.) 4:43
19. Follow the Leader (featuring Eric B.) 5:32
20. Eric B. Is President (featuring Eric B.) 6:15
21. Microphone Fiend (featuring Eric B.) 5:13
22. I Ain't No Joke (featuring Eric B.) 3:52
23. Lyrics of Fury (featuring Eric B.) 4:11
24. My Melody (featuring Eric B.) 6:47
25. Know the Ledge (featuring Eric B.) 3:58
26. Move the Crowd (featuring Eric B.) 3:36
27. Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em (Edit) (featuring Eric B.) 5:24
28. Mahogany (Edit) 4:27
29. In the Ghetto (featuring Eric B.) 5:26
30. Casualties of War (featuring Eric B.) 4:02
31. The Punisher (featuring Eric B.) 4:06
32. Paid in Full (featuring Eric B.) 3:49



Nineteen ninety-seven was the perfect time for Rakim to return to the hip-hop scene. The current crop of New York street rappers — Nas, Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z — had all followed the trail blazed by Rakim. While other ‘80s pioneers had flows that weren’t adaptable to modern beats, The 18th Letter proves that Rakim’s style was perfectly suited to the era’s preeminent producers. Whether he’s working with the no-nonsense cuts of DJ Premier (“It’s Been a Long Time”) or Pete Rock’s smoky, stealthy jazz loops (“The Saga Begins,” “When I’m Flowin’”) Rakim’s voice is the hanger on which these beats are draped. He remains a commanding presence without resorting to swearing or sensationalistic crime tales. The listener believes in him because his words exude experience and wisdom. He explains his mission in “It’s Been a Long Time”: “I broke the code of silence with overloads of talents / My only challenge is not to explode in violence … In ghetto apparel, mind of a Egyptian Pharaoh / Far from shallow, thoughts travel like an arrow.” Ever the ascetic, Rakim practices hip-hop as if it were an ancient art form.