I grew up on the sidewalk where I learned street talk
And then talked to all New York
I go to Queens for queens, to get the crew from Brooklyn
Make money in Manhattan and never been tooken
Go Uptown to the Bronx to boogie down
Get strong on the Island, recoupe, and lay around
Eric B. & Rakim were an American hip hop duo, composed of DJ Eric B and MC Rakim. Hailing from Long Island, New York, the duo were referred to by the journalist Tom Terrell of NPR as “the most influential DJ/MC combo in contemporary pop music period,” while the editors of About.com ranked them as No. 3 on their list of the 10 Greatest Hip Hop Duos of All-Time. They were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.