Hip Hop Legend RAKIM Drops New Single "Walk These Streets"
Long Awaited Album THE SEVENTH SEAL In Stores November 17, 2009
On October 27, 2009, the man many call The God MC, Rakim Allah, or just Rakim, released "Walk These Streets," (peep it below) the new single off of his much anticipated new album The Seventh Seal. Produced by Needlz for Dry Rain Entertainment, "Walk These Streets" features Maino and Tracey Horton. Additional guest artists featured on The Seventh Seal, which drops November 17, 2009, include Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Styles P, and others, including Destiny Griffin, Rakim's own daughter. The artist's Ra Records shares the imprint in a joint venture with Tuscan Villa and SMC Recordings and is distributed through Fontana/Universal Music Group. Rakim is currently on the road previewing the album and testing out new material at intimate venues across the United States.
Since its release, the album's set-up single "Holy Are You" (stream below) has won praise from critics and fans alike. USA Today states, "The God MC previews his long-awaited The Seventh Seal with a lyrically adept reminder of how he earned the name," with Billboard proclaiming "Rakim is in top form, richly merging self-mythologizing reflections on his legacy with religious imagery."
His first full album of new material in almost a decade, The Seventh Seal is Rakim's contemporary observation of the hip hop culture he helped define. While staying loyal to his New York roots, Rakim has created a body of work that encompasses the very best of regional, underground and mainstream styles that are reformed and delivered through his intricate lyricism and the seemingly effortless flow for which he is revered.
The artist states, "The Seventh Seal is my own revelation... my way of taking the best of what hip hop has to offer, what we as a culture and a community have to offer, putting my stamp on it and leading us forward while constantly respecting what we've already accomplished. When you've been blessed with a career like mine, you develop a deep relationship with the music, and that love is recognized by the true heads that share it with you. You'll see us keep building as we break through each Seal... showing the best of what I can do in many forms, bringing the energy and having fun, but first I'm laying that foundation and give my longtime fans the conscious fire they expect."
U.S. TOUR 2009:
November 3 House of Blues Houston, TX
November 4 Emo's Austin, TX
November 6 House of Blues New Orleans, LA
November 9 Amo's Charlotte, NC
November 11 Music Farm Charleston, SC
November 12 Lincoln Theater Raleigh, NC
November 13 Hat Factory Richmond, VA
November 14 Dragonfly Harrisburg, PA
November 15 Black Cat Washington, DC
November 17 Toad's Place New Haven, CT
November 18 Lupos Providence, RI
November 19 BB Kings New York, NY
November 21 Asylum Portland, ME
November 22 Paradise Boston, MA