Rakim with Rhymefest at Emo’s
As we continue this week’s Hip-hop Wednesday trend, while Tech N9ne and crew play on their K.O.D. tour at Austin Music Hall, universally-acclaimed MC, Rakim, will be pleasing crowds across town at Emo’s alongside fellow rapper Rhymefest.
As one of the earliest trailblazers in the hip-hop genre, Rakim has earned himself titles such as “the greatest rapper of all time” and “the most studied rapper ever” because, as All Music Guide says, “his innovations [in hip-hop] were worshipfully absorbed and expanded upon by countless MCs who followed.” Completely revolutionizing hip-hop lyricism, the MC and rapper has adequately epitomized the cliche “it’s not necessarily what you say, but HOW you say it.” His complex flow, elaborate metaphors, and rapid delivery have been imitated for something around 2 decades, and while he carries it all off with an effortless cool that makes it sound as though he’s not even breaking a sweat, Rakim has successfully raised the bar for MC technique higher than it has ever been. His flow, while smooth and liquid, is packed with jazz rhythms, and he was among the first to demonstrate the possibilities of sitting down and writing intricately crafted lyrics as opposed to dueling out in improvisational battles. With this armory of imitated and intricate talents, Rakim’s work, from his early career through to his comeback material, is surprisingly fresh and ultimately legendary. Having received musical tributes from the likes of Tupac, 50 Cent, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Eminem, Jay-Z, Nas, and The Game, Rakim’s innovative and credible style continues to affect fans and artists alike.
Due out in mid-November, Rakim’s next album, The Seventh Seal, is being considered a somewhat “come-back” album after a 9 year hiatus between new releases. Two singles, Holy Are You and Walk These Streets, have already been released, and the album sees the talent of other noted hip-hop producers and artists such as Jake One, Maino, and Busta Rhymes.
Alongside Rakim at Emo’s will be Rhymefest, the Grammy award-winning American hip-hop artist who co-wrote Jesus Walks alongside Kanye West. Currently awaiting the release of his sophomore album, El Che, Rhymefest has acquired fame through his honest and witty lyrics which avoid over-glorifying the lives of drug-dealers and club-goers and instead focus on the struggles of an average working person. Currently performing on Mark Ronson’s Allido Records label, Rhymefest uses Ronson’s ability to fuse music from different genres together to his advantage, and will no doubt compliment the lyrical stylings of Rakim.
The show goes down at 9:45 at Emo’s (outdoors), and find out how you have a chance to win one of FIVE pairs of FREE TICKETS by heading over to the event page. DON’T MISS OUT!
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