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24 March, 2014 6:55 pm

The R teams with Portland’s Op1 for “Walk With God”.

7 March, 2014 2:36 am

In a recent interview with Adra-Matic.Com, Alchemist spoke briefly about why he doesn’t usually produce for Eminem, despite being his DJ. He also reveals the artists he’d like to do full albums with, which includes MF Doom, Rakim, and JAY Z, among others. Read on: I’d like to know more about my two favorites [cont.]

6 March, 2014 5:18 pm

The 18th Letter teams with Chester, Mike and company for this new single, which is up for preorder on iTunes now. In the video clip, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park talks about what happened behind-the-scenes of their first video, “One Step Closer,” questionable wardrobe at the 2002 GRAMMYs, working with Rick Rubin, and his Paul [cont.]

13 February, 2014 7:02 pm

“Words is a re-introduction, and aural celebration of hip-hop’s most influential MC. Inspired by the vinyls that birthed the art form, the film is a portrait of two sides of an artist (A & B) and the streets and city he inspired. Two of his verses have been remixed … the words will never change.” [cont.]

20 December, 2013 4:47 am

The R recognizes Nelson Mandela on this new track from the film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, hitting theatres on December 25.

3 October, 2013 2:35 am

In studio video for the DMX / Rakim collab that debuted last week. The song is available now on iTunes.

26 September, 2013 1:24 am

Can’t say we say this one coming. Available on iTunes now.

14 May, 2013 11:41 am

Another classic unreleased Rakim song from the archives of producer Dominic Owen.”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 Im Flowin”. Recorded @ High Class Studios, Brooklyn, New York, 1995.

7 May, 2013 7:05 am

Hip hop’s golden age began in 1986, the day Rakim stepped to a microphone to record “Eric B Is President.” Only 18 years old (though he sounded considerably more worldly), Rakim (real name William Griffin) had a smooth, effortless flow that brought a cool melodicism and high intelligence to the MC game—he gave both fire [cont.]

12 March, 2013 7:15 am

“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 [cont.]

9 January, 2013 4:25 am

Rakim’s 1995 track sees an alternate version, produced by Dominic Owen.

10 August, 2012 8:30 am

Rakim and R.A. the Rugged Man at No Mystery studio working on a movie soundtrack; they take time off to kick it and speak on a swipe Rakim took at Kane back in the day.

16 July, 2012 8:56 am

Reebok Classics and Complex team up to release a mini-documentary on legendary Long Island, New York emcee, William “Rakim” Griffin Jr.

29 June, 2012 6:11 pm

Audio’s a little rough, but Rakim interviews are few and far in between. The Elite Money Empire (@EMETakeover) Presents to you: Rakim’s (@EricBandRakim) Reebok (@Reebok) Classics (@ReebokClassics) Interview in NYC hosted by Complex Magazine (@ComplexMag). We sat down with the great and asked him “Who he is a fan of and who he’d like to [cont.]

19 June, 2012 5:03 pm

In this intensive 20-minute long interview with Montreality, the legendary Rakim speaks about: – His story (0:27) – The type of student he was at school (0:58) – Jobs he’s had as a teenager growing up (2:34) – What he spent his 1st big paycheck on (4:09) – The key to success (4:53) – Books [cont.]

2 February, 2012 2:05 pm

ASAP Rocky meets Rakim for the first time. As the story goes, ASAP Rocky’s real name is Rakim, as his mother was a huge fan of the real Rakim. When Rocky was a baby, his mom got an autograph from Rakim on Rocky’s diaper.

14 December, 2011 8:53 am

Premo starts off the interview by talking to Nick Huff Barili about the Re:Generation project, working with Slick Rick and confirming that he is still collaborating on an album with Nas (Yes its true!!!). In the second part of the interview, Premier says that he has not talked to Solar before or after Guru’s passing [cont.]

26 July, 2011 2:00 pm

Big Paul Rosenberg, high profile rap manager to Eminem, celebrated his 40th birthday in New York over the weekend. Showing his age, he invited EPMD, Nas, Rakim, Craig G, Dana Dane, and others to perform. Jon Shecter proceeded to tell me all about it at Surrender on Friday with every jealously-inducing detail.

8 July, 2011 1:13 pm

Oooooh word? Let’s make this happen. Rock The Bells or Paid Dues 2012. Charity event. Something.

7 July, 2011 10:09 am

Crowds poured into London’s Hammersmith Apollo on May 10, 2011 for a historic Hip Hop show with legends Rakim, De la Soul and Blackstar coming together onstage for the experience that was Science of Speech. Stay tuned for SoulCulture TV’s exclusive coverage of the event, capturing live performances of iconic classics and backstage antics caught [cont.]

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