The 18th Letter/The Book Of Life

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RakimNovember 4, 1997
'90s Hip-Hop℗ This Compilation ℗ 1997 Universal Records Inc.
108
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The 18th Letter is the debut solo album of American emcee Rakim, released November 4, 1997 on Universal Records in the United States. It is his first release of new material, following a five-year hiatus after Don't Sweat the Technique as duo Eric B. & Rakim. The album features production by DJ Clark Kent, Pete Rock, Father Shaheed, Nick Wiz and DJ Premier. It contains lyrical themes that concern the hip hop's golden age, Rakim's rapping prowess, and the state of hip hop. The album's title refers to the letter "R" being the eighteenth letter of the english alphabet.
The album debuted at number 4 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and sold 500,000 copies in the United States. A deluxe version of The 18th Letter was sold with the compilation disc The Book of Life, an Eric B. & Rakim greatest hits collection. The Book of Life was also issued separately as a double vinyl LP in 1997.

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Disc 1

Songs
ArtistPopularity
1
Intro0:12Rakim
2
The 18th Letter (Always And Forever)3:00Rakim
3
Skit0:23Rakim
4
It's Been A Long Time3:57Rakim
5
Remember That4:40Rakim
6
The Saga Begins4:22Rakim
7
Skit0:19Rakim
8
Guess Who's Back4:10Rakim
9
Stay A While4:25Rakim
10
New York (Ya Out There)4:04Rakim
11
Show Me Love4:18Rakim
12
Skit0:18Rakim
13
The Mystery (Who Is God?)5:20Rakim
14
When I'm Flowin'5:04Rakim
15
It's Been A Long Time (Suave House Mix)3:58Rakim
16
Guess Who's Back (Alternate Mix)4:10Rakim
17
Outro1:19Rakim

Disc 2

Songs
ArtistPopularity
1
I Know You Got Soul4:43Eric B. & Rakim
2
Follow The Leader5:32Eric B. & Rakim
3
Eric B. Is President6:15Eric B. & Rakim
4
Microphone Fiend5:13Eric B. & Rakim
5
I Ain't No Joke3:52Eric B. & Rakim
6
Lyrics Of Fury4:11Eric B. & Rakim
7
My Melody6:47Eric B. & Rakim
8
Know The Ledge3:58Eric B. & Rakim
9
Move The Crowd3:36Eric B. & Rakim
10
Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em5:24Eric B. & Rakim
11
Mahogany (Album Version Edit)4:27Rakim
12
In The Ghetto5:26Eric B. & Rakim
13
Casualties Of War4:02Eric B. & Rakim
14
The Punisher4:07Eric B. & Rakim
15
Paid In Full3:49Eric B. & Rakim
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Additional Information

Total length
2:05:19
Tracks
32
Released
November 4, 1997
Label
℗ This Compilation ℗ 1997 Universal Records Inc.
File type
MP3
Access type
Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
Internet connection
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