Rakim Soldiers Through Sound Issues At NYC Release Party [With Pictures & Video]

In celebration of the release of his first studio album in a decade, Rakim took to the stage last night (November 19) to a packed crowd at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City.

The God MC walked out to the lead single “Holy Are You” off his new disc, The Seventh Seal. Yet his entrance was soured; as it required a second take—the first in several technical issues throughout the night.

According to veteran DJ Mister Cee—the man behind the ones and twos at the show—his power had gone out due to someone onstage stepping on a wire. After the brief delay, the golden-era lyricist then went into the first classic of the night, “Eric B. Is President.” The crowd rapped along word for word, cut after cut,  almost rendering Ra’s presence unnecessary at times.

“It’s hard to do what I do in this game for this long, so I wanna thank y’all for this,” the Long Island-bred rapper said during one of the sound disruptions.

Rakim Allah then bounced from Paid In Full joints (“My Melody,” “I Ain’t No Joke”) to his seminal 90′s work (“Mahogany,” “Don’t Sweat The Technique”) and more recent selections such as his Dre-produced feature on “Addictive.”

Other standouts from the night included Ra flossing his DJ skills and hip-hop forefather DJ Kool Herc making an appearance onstage. The microphone fiend then closed out the concert with a performance of his monster hit  “Know the Ledge,” proving that despite his age, he’s still has some “juice” left. —Devin Chanda

Watch a clip of Rakim performing “My Melody” below.

Photos courtesy of Jonathan Weiner. Click image to enlarge.

  • CLINK DA 6’9″

    1ST. I WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN THERE FOR THAT. ERIC B AND RAKIM WAS 1 ONE OF MY FIRST HIP HOP ALBUMS. POUND FOR POUND ONE OF THE BEST TO EVER DO IT.

  • DownSouth

    I wonder what type of creative differences did he and Dre have.

    DOWN SOUTH!!!

    • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

      I read an article about a while back.Rakim said Dre’s work ethic was to hard for him to keep up with.Dre wanted him to come in a murder every tack damn near.He said that he parted ways on a good note and he is supposed to have some of the tracks Dre produced for him.

      • DownSouth

        Dang that’s a trip. Rakim seem like the type who would go in and get it done one take. I guess it’s true that you will spend all nite working on one verse.

        DOWN SOUTH!!!

  • gift

    I’m definitely gonna fuck wit that new Rakim. Dude’s been a legend and a boss in the game for a minte, and it’s good to see other “HIP HOP” droppin before the end of ’09.

    If you want unadulterated spits and no dancin
    check out MYSPACE.COM/EAST35

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    “My Melody”-Eric B & Rakim

    POSSIBLY THE BEST SONG IN HIP HOP…AND RECOGNIZE I SAID POSSIBLY…

  • http://federalranga.blogspot.com Federal Ranga

    Dare I say… I will go and buy the Seventh Seal?

    Commission!!!

    $yk… holla at me man… we need to talk bout them shirts…

  • UARK83

    I forked over my $9 and am happy I did so….still one of the best flows in the game. No one can ride a beat like him. Not Em, not Wayne, not Jay…no one.

  • mikel

    when is the album out?

  • barrules

    If you’re a fan of Ra you’ll dig the album. Some critics have given mixed reviews, but i’m feeling it. He is what the game’s been missin.
    opening track…”I Gotta hip them then hop them/spit it and school’em for free/ I scholarship them”

  • http://lightforum1f.blogspot.com Vilma Bullard

    If only I had a dime for every time I came here.. Superb article!