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Long Island native shines on new Linkin Park track 'Guilty all the Same'

Wyandanch native Rakim features on Linkin Park's new

Wyandanch native Rakim features on Linkin Park's new single "Guilty all the same." Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

The new Linkin Park single "Guilty All the Same" (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.) is stunning in its toughness, more like they created a new genre (rap-prog? prog-rap?) than continuing on in the rap metal hybrid they helped create. As cool as Linkin Park's heavy, heavy guitars sound, though, this song belongs to Wyandanch's Rakim. "Record companies killed me," he rhymes. "Try and force me to stray and obey and got the gall to say how real can real be." And that's just the Long Island Music Hall of Famer getting started. He knocks this out of the park.

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