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Rakim Speaks On His Early Days & The Release Of His “Sweat The Technique” Book (Video)

Got a whole LEGEND and G.O.D.M.C. on deck for the chit chat this time. Rakim Allah! And he has a book out? Lean in and listen!

Rakim Breaks Down Hip-Hop History, Talks Dr. Dre Sessions, Eric B, His Book + More
– Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM


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Rakim Speaks With Scott Van Pelt On His Hip-Hop Career (Video)

YES! They put that Rakim interview up. Caught this on ESPN late night last week.

Legendary rapper Rakim joins Scott Van Pelt to discuss his iconic music career.


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DJ Jaycee – “Rakim 2012” (Mixtape)

When you got homies like Blend Vereen aka DJ Jaycee, you can celebrate what’s great in the greatest ways. Like this unf**witable mix of Rakim joints that we f**ks with the long way all the way!

(He put it up for download in 2012, rediscovered the still-working link yesterday, and is sharing it with us, for FREE listening and downloading today.)


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Eric B. & Rakim Give Their Top 5 Songs, And Shout Out Some Top-Tier Emcees, As They Salute Hip-Hop’s 45th Birthday (Video)

The legends, Eric B. & Rakim, give the rundown on their Top 5 Hip-Hop songs ever.

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series Presents: Rakim (Video)

That’s right. The G.O.D.M.C. Rakim Allah (and a full band) came through the intimate venue and gave a Tiny Desk Concert… to the world! And if you look close enough at the band, you might recognize some heavy hitters in there, too. Pure dopeness!

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RA The Rugged Man And Vlad Debate Drake Vs. Rakim Vs. Nas Vs. Jay Z (Video)

This title should be updated to include “Vs. The Diabolical Biz Markie” (dope live performer)! Great point made about real emcees, real MCs, deserving credit for Moving Crowds. Rakim (on the list, in the title) said that in his rhyme. And at its foundations, real MC-ing, THAT’S HIP-HOP! I like the energy of this debate as much as the content. Vlad and RA get it in!

(Those other guys in the title… they a’ight on the mic, too… except Vlad Haa!)


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20 Years Later: Doe Or Die (Full Documentary)


Man, AZ is talking about being inspired by Stetsasonic in this documentary! That’s how far back the story goes. And Rakim is narrating this work for BET, with commentary from a powerful Who’s Who in Hip-Hop. That’s how deep the RESPECT goes! Watch the FULL “Doe Or Die” documentary on AZ Tha Visualiza after the jump.

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20 Years Later: Doe Or Die (Docu-Series) [Parts 1 & 2] (Video)

Can you believe it has been 20 years since AZ (born Anthony Cruz) dropped that “Doe Or Die” maaaan? BET is doing a 20th Anniversary celebration and has enlisted the G-O-D-M-C Rakim to narrate. The story is told in six parts. Part 1 is above. Part 2 is after the jump.

Looks like a great start!

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Rakim Gives Props To J. Cole And Kendrick Lamar, Muses About A Possible Album In The Works (Video)

WHOA! Rappers shout out each other on tracks all the time. But imagine propping Rakim Allah on a song… AND he endorses you as an artist AND promotes your album. POWERFUL!!! In a rare interview (here with Montreality), the G.O.D.M.C. gives a hard nod to J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. Admiration artists and the art and more. And a possible album in the works? Enjoy.

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Rakim Challenges The New School: ‘So Whatchu Saying?’ (Interview)

rakimWhen the G.O.D.M.C. aka The 18th Letter aka Rakim Allah speaks, especially on Hip-Hop, it’s worth taking heed. Well, Keenan Higgins over at Green Label Sounds did more than take heed. He took notes! Wrote up an article chock full of insight.

I just need younger artists to understand the power that they have. What you’re saying, people are listening to. Don’t take it for granted that you just writing rhymes. Young kids are listening. Y’all are influencing a lot of people, so watch what you say.



Rakim – “Madiba” (Tribute To Nelson Mandela)


Yoooo! Respect to the G.O.D.M.C. for putting this down with respect for “Madiba” – in honor of the late human rights icon Nelson Mandela. Plenty of coverage and tributes for Mandela. But none like this Rakim joint telling the man’s “Long Road to Freedom” story (gotta check that Idris Elba movie out, too, by the way). Take a listen.


Rakim Performs at CityParks Brooklyn SummerStage 2013 (Video)

Somebody will sneak a camera into a live performance venue and bring footage out to the masses. That’s just how we do. Well, they did; and here it is just for you: Rakim rocking live at CityParks Brooklyn SummerStage 2013, presented by Lyricist Lounge and the NYC Parks Department. Extra special bonus footage after the jump.

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Rakim – “Get Visual”

artworks-000047913662-pg9xl5-t500x500Unreleased heat from the lord Rakim. Dominic Owen did the production for the track, recorded in 1995, “Get Visual.” Kept under wraps ever since Owens shares it with the world now.

‘Another classic unreleased Rakim song from my archive.“Get Visual” is the third song out of four I recorded with Rakim. This would later turn up on the “18th Letter” Album as “When I’m Flowin.”

Dominic Owen



Rakim Interview and Lecture on Hip Hop – His Substance, Style, Impact and More (Video)

Hip-Hop’s Golden Era icon Rakim (born William Griffin) delivers his lyrics with a smooth, effortless flow – melodic, yet undeniably intelligent. But in this full, full-length clip (approaching two hours runtime), Rakim Allah let the rhythm hit ’em in a different way – speaking and sharing in this Red Bull Music Academy Series Lecture. Spinning “Don’t Sweat the Technique”… good start to the class. Lesson 1: Emcees, get your own style (no biting allowed)! Watch and be edu-tained (as ‘the teacher’ KRS-ONE might say).

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Marco Polo feat. Rakim – “What’s Wrong”

artworks-000042460260-ztwfhb-original“What’s Wrong,” was initially produced and recorded for Rakim’s “Seventh Seal” (2009) LP, but due to clearance issues was nixed from the retail release of the project. It has since sat dormant until Rakim gave the track back to Marco and he decided to use it for his forthcoming free-LP “Newport Authority 2” as Marco states “I’ve recorded so much quality material over the last few years and I really want to share it all. It couldn’t all possibly fit on “Port Authority 2”; hence “Newport Authority 2” came to be.”

“Newport Authority 2” will feature appearances from Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Artifacts, Das Efx, Lil Fame (M.O.P.), Torae & Ruste Juxx all rocking over Marco’s production.

Yet, the project everyone should really be excited for is Marco’s “Port Authority 2” LP which will be released this spring on Soulspazm Records. “Port Authority 2” features appearances from Organized Konfusion (yes, a new Oragnized Konfusion track!!), Gangrene, Talib Kweli, DJ Premier, Masta Ace, Posdnuos (De La Soul), Kardinal Offishal, Styles P, Nature, Rah Digga, Slaine, Celph Titled, Ill Bill, Large Professor, Inspectah Deck, O.C. & many many more.

Rakim – “Bring It On” (Produced by Dominic Owen) [Unreleased 1995]

Bring It On Unreleased 1995 (art)Producer Dominic Owen put out an unreleased (until now) version of “Bring It On” by Rakim; recorded April 1995 at High Class Studios, Brooklyn, NY. Check it out here.


Marley Marl Recreates The ‘Classic Recipe’ For “Eric B. Is President” by Eric B. & Rakim (Video)

Damn! Has it been 25 years already?? Guess so. But what was dope then will be dope again… especially the way Marley Marl put it down on “Eric B. Is President!” Check out the super producer putting together another ‘Classic Recipe’ in the video above!

‘In the second installment of Marley Marl “Classic Recipes,” he shows you how he produced “Eric B. Is President” in 1986, the debut single for legendary hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim. Marl talks about meeting Rakim for the first time and discusses the collaborative process with Eric B. that would yield one of the most influential Hip-Hop tracks ever. “Eric B. Is President” combines a bassline from Fonda Rae’s bonafide 1982 club hit “Over Like a Fat Rat” and a beat from James Brown’s 1974 hit “Funky President.”

– DubSpot

‘Limitations made us who we are.’ (Marl spoke truth with that…speaking on making a CLASSIC with only 4 tracks. No high tech; just superior SKILLS!)
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Rakim: The Definition Of A Classic (Video)

“On June 12, 2012, Rakim brought his signature realness to Joe’s Pub in NYC as part of the Reebok Classics hip-hop legends concert series. We took the opportunity to cast back over the MC’s game-changing career in a new Complex documentary.” – 2dopeboyz
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Roots Picnic Recap 2012 (Video)

This is a recap of the 5th Annual Roots Picnic on Philadephia’s festival pier at Penn’s Landing. On-stage acts riding with The Roots included De La Soul, Yasiin Bey, and Rakim! Certainly one of those you-had-to-be-there events, but this recap video gives you a good taste of what went down.

A$AP Rocky Meets Rakim (Video)

Rising Harlem Punk Rap artist A$AP Rocky, who’s mother named him after the God emcee Rakim, was surprised by a recent visit from the “7th letter” while doing an interview up at HOT 97 in NYC with Angie Martinez. The story of how his mother first met Rakim is hilarious as hell too. This was a great video to watch as you can tell the kid was genuinely excited & humbled…
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