Where Did Rakim Allah Get His Name From?
In Rakim's early days he was known as the Kid Wizard, but once he became a member of the 5 Percent Nation (a off shoot off the Nation of Islam) he adopted the name Rakim Allah. Broken down, Ra means sun god. While Kim is another name for Egypt, meaning 'land of the burned-face people'.
Rakim explained to SPIN magazine, "I had a crazy childhood, I needed something to pick me up. I used to go to church, but that was like looking up to something I couldn't see. The Nation of Islam tought me about myself, my history, about everything under the sun. Once I got into Islam, I had to speak on it. We reveal rather than conceal."