1. A Portrait of Rakim (VIDEO).

    “Regardless of where you’re from, it’s where you at. Like if people… use a crutch as far as, they ain’t got this, and they ain’t got that, everything else is material. As long as they got their physical form and their mind, whatever they want to happen can happen.”

    Rakim Allah breaks down his writing process and delivers a dramatic rendition of “Follow The Leader” in an intimate and atmospheric glimspe into his storied life.

    Says The R: “What I do when I’m writing, I’m putting down my life. I don’t believe in writer’s block. So when I get to the point where I’m getting’ slow on the ink, I just put the pen down and then I go back out in the world and live. So I’m constantly — I’m not rhyming, I’m just thinking. So when I get back to the paper, I got more life to put down.”

    Directed by Matt Bieler . Music by Chris Newlin .

    [h/t The World’s Best Ever ]

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