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Friday, March 28, 2014

Meeting Rakim At SOB's; Was Rakim the Dj scratching on the Album Paid In Full?

Rakim at SOBs-OffTheCorner_net
        Shout out to my Homie Danny Vega for the pic
In a every person's lifetime we get to witness greatness. We get to witness an Emcee who has that special niche about them. Someone who is far ahead of our time that when you listen to their lyrics 28 years later, the feeling you get brings you back to the time they first blew you away. For me that emcee was and is none other than the God MC, Rakim. His contribution to Hip Hop culture is cemented in legacy as one of the best if not the best Emcee ever. I got to witness greatness last night at SOB's in NYC. First off I'd like to point out that the night did not start off good for me, because as a dj you are supposed to know your crowd, and of course the crowd in attendance had to be at least 80% of 30 and older. The ones that were around when Rakim slammed the mic down to make sure it's broke. So to have the house dj playing songs from Lil Wayne, Drake, and some other rap radio commercial trap laced music was down right disrespectful if you ask me. This dj should have been dropping gems from A Tribe Called Quest, to Run DMC, to Sugarhill Gang and kept it in the era of what the crowd would have been going crazy for. I had to get that blast out because not only do we hear this music 24/7 on these so called NY Hip Hop radio stations, but to play it in front of the crowd waiting to see Rakim was ridiculous.

 As for the show, Rakim took the stage around 11pm and from then on it was hit after hit, starting of with the Dj Premier banger "NY, Y'all Out There?" That set the mood off for the entire show, he then went on to classic bangers like "Move The Crowd", "Microphone Fiend", "My Melody", "In The Ghetto","Paid In Full" and many more. Dj Clark Kent was providing the music and the cuts while Rakim proceeded to let the crowd know he don't fcuk with Eric B by removing his name out of his lyrics. I also got to see the Father of Hip Hop, Dj Kool Herc, that was truly an honor. Other celebs in attendance included Fred The Godson, Rampage, and actor Michael K Williams aka Omar Little from HBO's The Wire and Boardwalk Empire. Whe night was all over I got to take a pic with him. It truly was a night to remember. Peace to the God MC, Rakim.

                                                 Djaytiger chillin on stage with Rakim

Djaytiger chillin on stage with Rakim at SOBs

And did you know Rakim can Dj? Check out what Dj Scratch says at the end!


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