Rafiki Rhymes(rapper): Arik Raviv (a.k.a. Rafiki Rhymes) was born and raised in New York City. In high school, he took an English class that introduced him to spoken word poetry, and from there he translated his skills to MCing. Like Slick Rick and Lupe Fiasco, his strength as a rapper is in storytelling. This skill, he says, is a natural extension of his greatest strength: the art of bullshitting.