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''The 18th Letter'' is the debut solo album of American rapper Rakim, released November 4, 1997 on Universal Records in the United States. It is his first release of new material, following a five-year hiatus after ''Don't Sweat the Technique'' (1992) as duo Eric B. & Rakim. The album features production by DJ Clark Kent, Pete Rock, Nick Wiz, and DJ Premier. It contains lyrical themes that concern the hip hop's golden age, Rakim's rapping prowess, and the state of hip hop.

The album debuted at number 4 on the U.S. ''Billboard'' 200 chart and sold 500,000 copies in the United States. A deluxe version of ''The 18th Letter'' was sold with the compilation disc ''The Book of Life'' (UD2-53111), an Eric B. & Rakim greatest hits collection. ''The Book of Life'' was also issued separately as a double vinyl LP in 1997.

The 18th Letter
Label: Universal Records
Release Date: 1997-11-04
Duration: 53:58

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1Intro 0:12
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2The 18th Letter (Always and Forever) 3:00
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3Skit 0:23
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4It's Been A Long Time 3:57
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5Remember That 4:40
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6The Saga Begins 4:22
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7Skit 00:18
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8Guess Who's Back 4:10
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9Stay A While 4:25
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10New York (Ya Out There) 4:03
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11Show Me Love 4:18
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12Skit 0:18
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13The Mystery (Who Is God?) 5:20
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14When I'm Flowin' 5:04
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15It' Been A Long Time 3:58
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16Guess Who's Back 4:10
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17Outro 1:19
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