William Michael Griffin Jr., better known by his stage name, Rakim, is an incredible lyricist with a legendary status in hip hop. His songs and flow became a game-changer for the entire rap culture, influencing countless MCs to follow his style. Red Bull Music Academy recently sat down with  on their famous blue couch for their Lecture series. Hosted by Jeff Mao, the lecture goes on for about two hours, dissecting various hits made by Rakim and his former partner, Eric B. This is an amazing video for any music fanatics out there who want to understand the process of how a particular song was created and what went through the artist’s head at the time. Get yourself comfortable, and press play on the video underneath.