Rakim “The Seventh Seal” official album cover
Rakim “The Seventh Seal” official album cover – salutes DIEGO
Long Awaited Album Drops
November 17, 2009
(Ra Records / Tuscan Villa / SMC Recordings)
September 24, 2009 (New York, NY) â€“After months, if not years of Internet speculation and rumor, the man many call The God MCâ€™s management and label officially confirm that Rakim Allah will release his long awaited new album The Seventh Seal on November 17, 2009. Guest artists include Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Maino, Tracey Horton, IQ, Styles P, and others, including Destiny Griffin, Rakimâ€™s own daughter. The artistâ€™s Ra Records shares the imprint in a joint venture with Tuscan Villa and SMC Recordings and is distributed through Fontana/Universal Music Group.
Since its release, the albumâ€™s lead single â€œHoly Are Youâ€ has won praise from critics and fans alike. USA Today states, â€œThe God MC previews his long-awaited The Seventh Seal with a lyrically adept reminder of how he earned the name,â€ with Billboard proclaiming â€œRakim is in top form, richly merging self-mythologizing reflections on his legacy with religious imagery.â€
His first full album of new material in almost a decade, The Seventh Seal is Rakimâ€™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. He has enlisted a slew of production talent including Needlz, Nottz, Jake One, Nick Wiz, Ty Fiffe and more on the albumâ€™s well-rounded tracks.
The artist states, â€œThe Seventh Seal is my own revelationâ€¦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 weâ€™ve already accomplished. When youâ€™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. Youâ€™ll see us keep building as we break through each Sealâ€¦showing the best of what I can do in many forms, bringing the energy and having fun, but first Iâ€™m laying that foundation and give my longtime fans the conscious fire they expect.â€
ABOUT RAKIM ALLAH:
Universally referenced as one of the Masters of the Microphone and an influence and inspiration to his peers and followers alike, Rakim first exploded onto the scene with the release of iconic Eric B. is President in 1986 with long time collaborator Eric B. The single marked a turning point in the Rap world â€“ raising the bar for future emcees and revolutionizing the way rhymes are delivered. Rakimâ€™s intricately, intellectual lyrics draw their force from his worldly experience, inner faith and progressive contemplation, fueled by a deep understanding of not just Hip-Hop, but also the Jazz and R&B influences that have surrounded his family since his youth. Rakimâ€™s recordings â€“ including the all-time classics, Paid In Full, Follow the Leader and The 18th Letter – have sold in the multi-millions worldwide. Billboard, Rolling Stone, MTV and a host of others consistently refer to Paid in Full as â€œthe greatest Hip-Hop album of all timeâ€ â€“ a claim often repeated in audience polls. The Seventh Seal marks the first album under his own imprint, Ra Records, allowing a true freedom in creative control unparalleled since his monumental first recordings.
ABOUT SMC RECORDINGS:
Established in March of 2005, SMC Recordings is home to independent music and artists. Based in San Francisco, CA, the companyâ€™s prized accomplishment is its unique philosophy of artist development, where artists are encouraged to participate with the label from inception through maintenance of their career. This innovative structure has garnered industry veterans to join the company and aid in its growth. SMC’s range of artist owned label partners includes national heavyweights like Rakim and Killer Mike along with a staple of regional acts constantly being developed such as Messy Marv, The Jacka, and the Town Thizzness brandâ€¦SMC is distributed by Fontana, the indie subsidiary of Universal. It is SMCâ€™s humble regional beginnings and loyalty to their artists and their careers that will guarantee the company to always be on the precipice of creativity and expansion in the music game.