Rakim at NJPAC August 16, 2012
Thursday August 16, 2012 was a beautiful day in the NYC tri-state area and Rakim was scheduled to perform at NJPAC. The opening act was b.FUNK a live hip-hop/funk band. They warmed up the audience for the man event by playing some of their original music.
When it was time for Rakim to go on the crowd on the NJPAC lawn had more than doubled and when he hit the stage they roared in anticipation for the god’s performance. Rakim is a living legend and truly revolutionized hip-hop as a whole and the level of lyricism in particular. He raised the bar as it relates to lyrical skills when he burst onto the scene in 1986 with his classic single “Eric B. Is President”.
This year, 2012, marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Eric B & Rakim’s debut album “Paid In Full”. See the “sit-down” I had with Rakim as well as excerpts of NJPAC performance below.
I edited the first question I asked Rakim but decided to leave the balance of the interview un-edited. So this is raw footage, hopefully you’ll feel like you were right there in the place to be.
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