Rakim (pronounced rah-KIM) (Born William Michael Griffin Jr. on January 28, 1968 in Long Island, New York) is an American rapper and pioneer of the musical genre of hip hop. He is consistently cited as one of the most skilled (and top amongst the most influential) MCs of all time due to his exceptional flow and complex lyrical craftsmanship, he revolutionized hip-hop lyricism with his complex flow, elaborate metaphors and rapid delivery. Together with Eric B, he released a number of classic albums between 1987 and 1992. To date his most successful album is 'The 18th Letter,' released in 1997 as his solo debut album.

Griffin is the nephew of American R&B singer and actress Ruth Brown. He grew up in Wyandanch, New York, and became involved in the New York hip hop scene at a young age. Eric B brought him to Marley Marl's house to record "Eric B. is President." At the time Griffin was fresh out of high school and on his way to college, but he decided to forgo higher education and instead chose to record with Eric B. Leshaun

When Griffin turned 16, he joined The Nation of Gods and Earths (also known as the 5 Percent Nation) and changed his name to Rakim Allah.[5]

In 1986, Rakim started to work with New York-based producer-DJ Eric B. The duo — known as Eric B & Rakim — is widely regarded as among the most influential and groundbreaking of hip-hop groups. The duo's first single, "Eric B. Is President" (#48, 1986) b/w "My Melody," was a success and got the duo a contract with the fledgling Island Records sub-label 4th & B'way. The duo's next single, the smash "I Know You Got Soul," sparked early debate on the legality of unauthorized, uncredited sampling when James Brown sued to prevent the duo's use of a fragment of his music. Their first full length album, Paid in Full, was released in 1987, and has since been hailed as one of hip-hop's seminal albums. Their follow-up LP; Follow the Leader was released a year later, and was also well received by fans and critics. The duo recorded two more albums; Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em and Don't Sweat The Technique before they parted ways in late 1992. Due to legal wrangling over royalties and his contracts with both his record label, and with Eric B., Rakim would not release a solo album until five years later.

Stay Tuned

Formerly the trio ManeLine, including partner InkLine, Mane Rok and Deejay Tense changed the landscape of hip-hop music in Colorado forever. The group ushered in a new era of respect from media and venues using their unique style of hip-hop art.

In late 2009 after having opened for Gnarls Barkley and Bassnectar at the first SOCO Music Festival in Denver, they met an untimely road block with InkLine taking a prison sentence. The unfortunate news came at a time of the trio’s rise through the ranks, having just received Spin Magazine’s coveted “next big thing,” mention.

Mane Rok and Tense found themselves creating all new music in 2010, revamping the stage show and rebuilding a rep that seemed to be locked away with InkLine. After a few years, numerous projects and more than a few tours, the duo felt their brand recognition was more than solid. There was one missing piece to the puzzle, however, and it was the media’s understanding of Tense’s crucial role as deejay.

A turntabalist behind the wheels of steel, Deejay Tense is the
backbone of the live show. His dexterity accompanied by visuals and Mane Rok’s bone rattling flow, ManeLine evolved once more. This time into Stay Tuned, a fitting moniker for any artist who has fought for change, go through change, and are looking to change the game.

Stay Tuned.

- Nominated for the Westword Music Showcase 2005-2013 (Solo MC, Crew, Group categories thru the years)
- Nominated for Best Male MC 2013 - 5280 Urban Music Awards
- Nominated for Best Complete Project "Murder He Wrote" 2013 - 5280 Urban Music Awards

"Stay Tuned (comprised of Deejay Tense and Mane Rok) came on next and put on arguably the most impressive show and
certainly the most audacious set of the day. The act's performance was the first that included a visual component, but the elements were combined so expertly, it was not merely an audio show with visuals, it was a complete audio/visual experience.

Even without the video, though, Stay Tuned would have been impressive. With Mane Rok absolutely brutalizing the microphone with blazing cadences and powerful a cappellas and Tense providing scratching that was not only impressive technically but musically as well (plus a frenzied display of incredible skill right at the end), Stay Tuned was the perfect way to close an excellent night at City Hall."
-Noah Hubbel - Westword

Nominated for Urb Magazines Next 1000 (Group-ManeLine)2009

Chosen as Village Voice Medias Best Crew 2009-LIFECrew-Our conglomerate

When choosing a pseudonym to scribe on walls and other prohibited surfaces throughout the country, Mane Rok never once considered its reflection on his life.

Mane Rok. The first,a double entendre referring to hair, in particular that of the King of The Jungle and a throw to 'main,' as in "most important-principal." Rok, however unorthodox the spelling, the word embodies what he does, and what he represents, stability, and a solid nature, even in the face of mistakes.

Mane Rok learned the business from the ground up by working with his revolutionary group ManeLine, which also helped him receive the honor of sharing the stage with major acts such as Gnarls Barkley, Gza & Ghostface Killah of The WuTang Clan, Tha Pharcyde, De La Soul and many more. While being a part of the "best crew" (Westword Best of 2009 Edition-LIFE Crew) in Colorado, circumstance finds Mane Rok moving forward on his own, finally cultivating the solo career he promised himself
Mane Rok takes on the foundation of his music literally, "With this solo effort, the difference is the foundation lies solely with me. Song production is something I'm doing all on my own."
With the EP, the aim is to portray specific transitions in Mane Rok's life. When creating pieces of the song, more personal messages are translated through his writing. A sneak peak video of the lead single "Troubles" Dir By Eric Heights (Credits include music videos with Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, Aceyalone, Prince Po of Organized Konfusion and more,) has found its way on line at youtube.com/manerok and a second video which was created for Fox Sports Network entitled "A-Game" from the 3rd quarter EP release "En Stereo" with 3 The Hardway producer Es Nine is also available at vimeo.com/manerok


A funky, grimy mix of hip-hop, live drums and Moog savagery.

DJ Cavem Moetavation is more than a deejay, this Denver, Colorado native, and has been a long time community activist due to an early awareness of inequity in his neighborhood. At age 27, Ietef Hotep Vita is DJ C.A.V.E.M. (Communicating Awareness Victoriously Educating the Masses) Moetavation, an internationally known HipHop artist, writer/producer, deejay, HipHop Yogi, Afro-Latin percussionist, father, midwife, and environmental youth advocate. He is an Eco-Cultivator/Educator, sharing his knowledge with various age groups in organic gardening, veganism, wholistic health, sustainability, conscious consumption, and HipHop culture. Straight out the garden, representing the Historic Five Points, DJ Cavem is an O.G.: Organic Gardener, “teachin’ HIP HOP history and how to grow greens” and not the ones you roll. He is HIP HOP: Higher Inner Peace, Helping Other People, an award winning activist, founder of"GOING GREEN LIVING BLING" a HIPHOP & FOOD JUSTICE Curriculum a Green For All Fellow, B-Boy and Midwife. This Vegan chef is producing more than just beets, harvesting three albums; “Deep Rokc”, “The Teacher’s Lounge” and his last release is "THE PRODUCE SECTION - THE HARVEST" Dropped in 2012 working with FARMERS and ARTIST. SEE HIM IN THE OCTOBER ISSUE OF OPRAH MAGAZINE and look out for his new album coming out “ECO TWERK”, coming soon! He has played with artists such as Talib Kweli, Les Nubians, Digable Planets, KRS One, K'naan and Gil Scott-Heron just to name a few, and has performed ECO Music internationally in Uganda, Burkina Faso, Paris, London, Mexico, and Amsterdam. check the BROWN RICE AND BROCCOLI VIDEO " FOR MORE INFO EMAIL -BOOKCAVEM@GMAIL.COM.


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An Intimate Evening with Rakim w/ Special Guests Stay Tuned (Mane Rok & DeeJay Tense), Sophistafunk, Eddie Knolls & Cavem

Wednesday, September 18 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Cervantes' Other Side

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