So I can say this out loud now. The God MC Rakim is coming to Santa Fe!
But wait there’s more…AND he’s being interviewed as well as doing a show! But wait there’s more…AND the person interviewing him is… wait for it…Ummm CHUCK D from public enemy!!!? 

Yoooo this is SO huge for not only Santa Fe but for Hip Hop!

But it gets better djing will be the one and only Raashan Ahmad a set in between the talk and performance which I’m stoked for but just.

Wow. Gonna be such a great night. Seriously y’all, it’s not sold out yet.
Get your tickets now!

Please join us for a special evening with Hip-Hop icon, Rakim Allah!

6:30-7:30 pm: Book Talk
Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius
Marlene Nathan Meyerson Auditorium
$25

7:30 pm- 9:00 pm: Performance by DJ Raashan Ahmad
SITE Santa Fe Lobby
9:00 pm- 11 pm Performance by Rakim
Marlene Nathan Meyerson Auditorium
$35

Tickets to Book Talk & Performance
$55

VIP tickets – on sale NOW!
First or second row to the talk, entry to both performances, and a signed book
$125

Member tickets on sale NOW
General Admission tickets on sale Mon, 2/10

In the history of the Hip-Hop, few artists have had as great an impact on the development and progression of the art form’s lyrical style as 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.

Rakim’s intricately intellectual lyrics draw their force from his worldly experience, inner faith and progressive contemplation; his liquid and seemingly effortless delivery – often imitated but still unrivaled – from a fire 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.

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“…..Legendary emcee Rakim is known as “The God” among hip-hop fans and disciples.

He was just a teenager when he first came to prominence as one half of the duo Eric B. & Rakim. Their 1987 debut album, Paid in Full, is often cited as a turning point in the golden age of hip-hop, thanks largely to Rakim’s approach to lyricism. He raised the genre to new heights with his uniquely stoic flow and his use of a multi-syllabic rhyming structure that was complex, poetic and infused with meaning.”

-NPR

Thursday, Mar 5, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Talk: Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius$25 Marlene Nathan Meyerson Auditorium
Thursday, Mar 5, 7:30pm-9pm
Performance by DJ Raashan AhmadIncluded with purchase of Performance by Rakim ticket – SITE Santa Fe LobbyThursday, Mar 5, 9pm-11pm
Performance by Rakim
$35 Marlene Nathan Meyerson Auditorium
Thursday, Mar 5, 7:30pm-11p
Talk + Performances $55
Thursday, Mar 5, 6:30pm-11pm
VIP Talk seating + Performances + Signed book$125

Please join us for a special evening with Hip-Hop icon, Rakim Allah!

VIP Tickets available here.
Member tickets on sale NOW!
General Admission tickets on sale Mon, 2/10

In the history of the Hip-Hop, few artists have had as great an impact on the development and progression of the art forms lyrical style as 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 – raising the bar for future emcees and revolutionizing the way rhymes are delivered to this day.  No serious discussion of the music’s greatest performers is held without a deferential accounting of his achievements, and no serious rap artist grips a microphone without channeling some of his legend.

Rakim’s intricately intellectual lyrics draw their force from his worldly experience, inner faith and progressive contemplation; his liquid and seemingly effortless delivery – often imitated but still unrivaled – from a fire 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.  His recordings – 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 “the greatest Hip-Hop album of all time” – a claim that often repeated in audience polls. These Platinum albums line the walls of the Broadway, MCA and Universal labels and, with a Rakim appearance near guaranteeing an explosion of sales, he has been recruited to add his star talents to projects for Alicia Keys, Jody Watley, Damian Marley, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Mobb Deep, Lloyd Banks, Limp Bizkit, Gang Starr and Truth Hurts among many others.

Rakim’s uncanny innovation was the focal point of the critically acclaimed recreation of Bob Marley’s Concrete Jungle and has helped propel movie soundtracks such as Juice, Brown Sugar, the Rugrats, American Psycho and 8 Mile to Best Seller status.  His role model status has led world famous brands such as Reebok, The Coca Cola Company, LVMH, Ecko and Sean Jean to choose him as spokesperson.

Now with twenty-five years at the top of Hip-Hop’s Greatest list, the Long Island, NY native not only continues to record for himself, but also works with young artists signed to his own record imprint, Ra Records.  With recent tributes in 2012 such as being named the #1 Lyricist of All Time by The Source magazine, receiving the coveted BET Lifetime Achievement Award and being nominated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, two original music projects, his first feature film role and sold-out international tours keeping the world’s eye on the one many call The GOD EmCee, Rakim Allah continues to lead where others just follow.