It's '87 state of mind that I'm in (mind that I'm in)
In my prime, so for that time, I'm Rakim (I'm Rakim)
1987 is the year that Rakim & Eric B. released their classic album Paid in Full. Like Rakim during that period, Jay is at his prime
This song is also littered with references to “My Melody”, one of Rakim’s most famous songs.
Coincidence? I think not
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