Eric Barrier and William Griffin (Rakim) benefitted from both having the talent and being in the right place at the right time. Vivien’s Goldman’s video depicts what being a hip-hop artist in 1987 New York City actually meant. According to the director, Flavor Flav ended up scene-stealing because he was always about and that’s just what he did. Despite the extended family, Rakim shows the self-belief that have made listeners consider him to be the G.O.A.T. ‘I Ain’t No Joke’ was the second single from Eric B. & Rakim’s classic album Paid In Full. 1-2-3, “You could get a smack for this”. Pure nostalgia. Have a great week.