|Thurs, December 03, 2009 at 8:00 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Rapper Rakim, from Eric B and Rakim, fame released his album, "The Seventh Seal" which went straight into the #3 position on Billboard's Rap Albums Chart, just behind 50 Cent and Jay-Z. Rakim's album also ranked #5 on Billboard's Independent Albums Chart and #9 on the R&B/ Hip-Hop Albums Chart.
"The Seventh Seal" opened on the iTunes Hot Rap Albums chart at the #2 position above releases from Jay-Z and Eminem. Currently, iTunes is the number one retailer for this project with 28 percent of all sales and is anticipated to increase over the coming weeks as Rakim prepares to launch the second leg of his national tour.
"We identified early on that digital retail, mainly iTunes, would be the leader on this project and with them, devised a great campaign that truly covered the gamut of Rakim's fans," said co-founder Will Bronson. "'The Seventh Seal' marks the second album we've released where iTunes was our #1 retailer."
"Rakim proves that a good brand is always valuable," says CEO Ralph Tashjian. "He can still relate to his fans while creating new ones, securing his legacy for years to come. We are confident we made the best choice in partnering with Rakim and look forward to a successful future together."
Rakim's solo career came about after he and Eric B split in 1992. He released The 18th Letter in 1997 which was certified gold. He followed with 1999's The Master. In 2000 Rakim signed with Dr. Dre's Aftermath label in 2000, with the hopes of releasing an album pairing the legendary MC with the legendary producer. But, due to creative differences, that album never materialized.
|Wed, September 30, 2009 at 1:42 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
NEW YORK - After months, if not years of Internet speculation and rumor, the man many call The God MC'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, 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.
Since its release, the album's lead single "Holy Are You" 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. He has enlisted a slew of production talent including Needlz, Nottz, Jake One, Nick Wiz, Ty Fiffe and more on the album's well-rounded tracks.
The artist states, "The 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 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 Sealâ€¦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."
|Tue, July 28, 2009 at 10:24 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The Originators is proud to announce a partnership with Freedom of Beats. This 13-part event series is a platform for DJ's to express themselves without any musical limitations. The mantra is: NO PLAYLIST. NO FORMAT. NO RESTRICTIONS. The audience will enjoy listening to an eclectic musical selection from some of the world's most respected DJ's...consider this a jam session for DJ's. This event is produced by The Specialist Agency and sponsored by Fusicology, MySpace Music, and The Originators.
The second event of this series will take place Wednesday, July 29, at Seven Lounge in Downtown Los Angeles. This week's line-up will include DJ Revolution (The Wake Up Show) , DJ Adam 12 (She Wants Revenge), DJ Icy Ice (Beat Junkies), DJ Khalil (Aftermath Entertainment). Special guests scheduled to perform at future Freedom of Beats events include DJ AM, DJ Spinbad, Julio G & Tony G, Mr. Choc, DJ Rhettmatic, DJ Crazy Toones, DJ Battlecat, and many more to be announced.
When: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Where: SEVEN LOUNGE (Downtown), 555 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014 (map