(Hardcore, real ill niggas)
(I'm internationally known)
(When I be on the mic)
(Hardcore...real ill niggas)
(I'm internationally known, yo)
(Hardcore...real ill niggas)
(I'm internationally known)
(When I be on the mic)
(Hardcore...real ill niggas)
(So all hail the honorable)

from Rakim – When I B on the Mic Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The Rakim wants his respect for being an ill rapper on the mic and internationally known as one of the greatest MCs of all time universally.

I’m internationally known, yo, so all hail the honorable

DJ Premier took these two lines from Rakim’s song called “The Saga Begins” on “The 18th Letter” (1997)

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