Remember that time when DJ Premier connected with Rakim to reintroduce himself to the new generation of hip hop heads in 1997? Well, there’s a story behind how Preemo cooked up the beat to bring The God Emcee back. Legendary stuff here. But how did Rakim respond when he first heard the beat?
Rakim and J. Period give us something unique with what they define as a “Live Mixtape” where we get a visual that captures The God MC at his finest while delivering classic songs.
The legendary Rakim is the next up to bat for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series and the God MC rumbles through classics from “Paid In Full” to “Know The Ledge” with Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge leading the charge with the live band and strings.
DJ ECLIPSE X CHECK THE TECHNIQUE – PAID IN FULL 30th ANNIVERSARY INTERROMIX (DO THE KNOWLEDGE Vol. 1)
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Eric B. & Rakim’s Paid In Full album (originally released July 7, 1987), author Brian Coleman has teamed up with renowned DJ and radio personality DJ ECLIPSE to bring the world a new concept – a podcast using original interview tapes, blended with music including the tracks discussed in the interviews as well as the original music sampled to make those tracks.
BET celebrates the 20th anniversary of AZ dropping his debut Doe or Die by releasing a 6-part documentary that covers the making of the album. Check out part one above and part two below.
The Blastmaster sits down with Rakim to discuss his writing technique and the jewels that are dropped are mind blowing. Not only did Rakim play saxophone, but he explains how John Coltrane was responsible for how he wrote. Check it out.
The legendary Rakim sat down with Montreality to discuss a number of topics ranging from his upcoming album and how he feels as sharp as ever to praising J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar for keeping the culture going.