rakim.jpgRakim has announced a 22-date tour that will kick off on August 19 with a performance at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia and conclude with a September 30 performance in Washington D.C. The tour will also include stops in Houston, San Diego, Detroit and Atlanta. According to reports, the legendary MC has recently been in the studio working on his next album, The Seventh Seal, which is due out later this year. In related news, Rakim joined C.L. Smooth to headline the Peace Boston 2006 music festival this past Saturday (August 5). The event was part of a weeklong program, endorsed by Boston's Mayor Thomas M. Menino, aimed at supporting the positive aspects of hip-hop music and culture.

Tour dates are as follows:
08/19/06 Philadelphia, PA: Penn’s Landing
09/01/06 Austin, TX: Emo’s
09/02/06 Houston, TX: Warehouse Live
09/05/06 Tempe, AZ: The Clubhouse
09/06/06 San Diego, CA: House of Blues
09/07/06 Anaheim, CA: House of Blues
09/08/06 West Hollywood, CA: House of Blues
09/10/06 San Francisco, CA: Slim's
09/12/06 Park City, UT: Suede
09/13/06 Aspen, CO: Belly Up
09/14/06 Denver, CO: Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
09/16/06 Minneapolis, MN: First Avenue
09/17/06 Chicago, IL: House of Blues
09/18/06 Indianapolis, IN: The Vogue
09/19/06 Fort Wayne, IN: Piere’s
09/20/06 Cincinnati, OH: Annie’s
09/22/06 Detroit, MI: Fine Arts Theatre
09/23/06 Buffalo, NY: Town Ballroom
09/27/06 Carrboro, NC: Cat’s Cradle
09/28/06 Atlanta, GA: Eleven 50
09/29/06 Charlotte, NC: Amos’ Southend
09/30/06 Washington, DC: 9:30 Club