I take 7 emcees put 'em in a line
And add 7 more brothers who think they can rhyme
Well, it'll take 7 more before I go for mine
Now that's 21 emcees ate up at the same time
7 + 7 + 7 = 21!
This is one of rap’s most notable lines. Here, Rakim is doing what an emcee does best——brag about their skills. However, the clever way Rakim did so is what makes this line resonate with Hip-Hop heads.
In fact, this has been referenced by several artists, most notably Eminem on the song I’m Back, Pete Rock on #1 Soul Brother and Nas, who used it to make a clever 50 Cent diss on Queens Get The Money.
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