Today is Rakim, Rick Ross And J. Cole’s birthdays!
New York native Rakim, born William Michael Griffin Jr., was part of the 1980s Eric B. & Rakim.
Eric B. and Rakim’s classic album, Paid in Full, was released July 7, 1987. It spawned hits such as “Eric B. Is President,” “I Ain’t No Joke,” “I Know You Got Soul,” “Move the Crowd” and the title track, “Paid in Full.” The duo went on to record four more albums together. Rakim also recorded four solo albums.
He’s regarded as one top lyricists of all-time.
Born in 1976, Rick Ross debut album, Port of Miami, was released in 2006. It took the top spot on the Billboard 200, selling 187,000 records in its’ first week. The album eventually went gold.
Not the one to rest on his laurels, Ross came out with three more albums in quick succession, including Trilla, Deeper Than Rap and Teflon Don. In 2012 he dropped his last album God Forgives, I Don’t which debuted No. 1 on Billboard 200 and sold 218,000 copies in the first week. He’s gearing up to drop his highly anticipated album, Mastermind.
German-born Jermaine Lamarr Cole, J. Cole rose to fame in 2009 as the first artist to sign to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Label.
Since the release of his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, the hip-hop star debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, Top R&B Albums and Top Rap Albums chart and received a Best New Artist nomination at the 2012 Grammy Awards. Cole’s followed up the success with his second studio album, Born Sinner, which went Gold in September of 2013
Happy Birthday, Rakim, Rick Ross and J. Cole!