Words By Hafeez Raji Rarely do pioneers stay relevant some twenty-five  years after coming on the scene to redefine a genre as one William Griffin, aka Rakim bka The R. Over two decades ago my only knowledge of hip hop–or better yet “rap”–revolved literally on my first vinyl album, a compilation of the Sugar Hill […]

Eric B. and Rakim, Donna Summer, Chaka Khan, The Spinners and The Beastie Boys are among the music acts nominated for induction into the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.