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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

RAKIM: Still The Greatest

For me the holy trinity of rap is probably KRS-One, NaS and of course The God MC; Rakim. Ten days ago, Rakim's groundbreaking breakthrough debut with DJ Eric B, "Paid in Full", celebrated its 25th birthday last week; a huge event considering that it's one of the absolute most influential hip-hop releases of all time. I had been meaning to put something together either dealing with the album in question, or something else regarding its performer, but I kept pushing it back. As they say, better late than never, as I'm now using this time to post a superb new interview with Wax Poetics discussing both the aforementioned LP, as well as much regarding his latest project (the highly underrated ("The Seventh Seal"), and touch on the future of Ra. A definite read for any serious hip-hop head.

Up top you'll find another interesting piece of the puzzle that is Rakim, in the form of a 10 minutes BET documentary that premiered last week. Lots of interesting interviews and classic footage, so don't sleep!


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