Rakim

'The R' returns to Baltimore Soundstage!

Rakim

Ill Conscious, Guy Grams, Big Guy, Handles

Thu · June 1, 2017

8:00 pm

$27.50 ADV $33 DOS

This event is all ages

Rakim
Rakim
In 1986, Rakim started to work with New York-based producer-DJ Eric B. The duo—known as Eric B & Rakim—is widely regarded as among the most influential and groundbreaking of hip-hop groups, due in no small part to Rakim's technical abilities. The duo’s first single, "Eric B. Is President" was a success and got the duo a contract with the fledgling Island Records sub-label 4th & B'way. The duo’s next single, the smash “I Know You Got Soul,” sparked early debate on the legality of unauthorized, uncredited sampling when James Brown sued to prevent the duo's use of a fragment of his music. It also established Brown's back catalog as a hip musical mining ground for a new generation of hip-hop programmers. Their first full album, Paid In Full, was released in 1987. causing a stir in the hip-hop music world due to its novel sound, approach, and subject matter. Rakim pioneered a practice previously unknown to hip-hop called internal rhyming. Already an important aspect of traditional poetry, where rhymes could be found throughout the bar of a lyric which added to the rhythmic complexity of the song: "I keep the mic at Fahrenheit, freeze MCs, make 'em colder/The listeners system is kicking like solar/As I memorize, advertise like a poet/Keep it goin', when I'm flowin' smooth enough, you know it's rough." Instead of two rhyming syllables within two lines at the end of the lines, as we would find in the older hip-hop style displayed above, we have 18 rhyming syllables in just four lines. Rakim also introduced a lyrical technique known as cliffhanging and popularized the use of metaphors with multiple meanings. His songs were the first to really impart hip-hop music lyrics with a serious poetic device sensibility. Eric B & Rakim went on to produce three more successful albums, all now considered hip hop standards. Prior to Rakim, hip-hop music lyricism was usually rather simple from a structural standpoint and the ideas it expressed were easy and direct. Many hip-hop artists (both underground and mainstream) acknowledge a huge debt to Rakim's innovative style. He is given credit for popularizing the heavy use of internal rhymes in hip-hop—rhymes that are not necessary to the overall rhyme scheme of the verse, but occur between the endpoints of lines and stanzas, serving to increase the alliteration, assonance, and emphasis of the rhyme. He is also credited for the jazzy, heavily stylistic, seemingly effortless delivery of his lyrical content.
Ill Conscious
Ill Conscious
Ill Conscious is a hip-hop artist based in Baltimore, Maryland. Lyrically, he embodies social and political commentary while touching on the effects of urban dwelling and liberation. With a fresh innovative approach, Ill's style is still pleasantly reminiscent of the authentic 90's hip-hop era. Since 2007, Ill has been performing along the east coast, mid-west and has sparred in several battle competitions with other emcees. He has been featured on numerous rap blogs and has been called a mix between a later-in-his-career AZ, a Capital Punishment Big Pun, with the ‘consciousness’ of Talib Kweli and the passion/word choice of Tupac. The promising emcee has worked with credible up and coming producers such as Nascent, QB, Cold Legistics, Mizfitz Soundz as well as international professionals, M.W.P. from Denmark and Loop Holes from Norway. With several projects in the making, he plans on making a vital impact in 2015 and will continue to bring hip-hop to the forefront.



Hip Hop can be a very powerful weapon to help expand young people's political and social consciousness. But just as with any weapon, if you don't know how to use it, if you don't know where to point it, or what you're using it for, you can end up shooting yourself in the foot or killing your sisters or brothers. The government recognized immediately that rap music has enormous revolutionary potential. -Assata Shakur


Hip-Hop Is More Than Music, Hip-Hop Has Crossed Cultural Boundries That Other Music Genres Never Crossed. Hip-Hop Is Not Only The Music You Listen To, But The Way You Walk, Talk, Dress And Act. Hip-Hop Is A State Of Mind, An Entire Generation, Thirty Years Strong. We Are The Hip-Hop Generation. Rap Is What We Do,. . . Hip-Hop Is How We Live. - KRS One
Guy Grams
Guy Grams
Big Guy
Big Guy
Your favorite rappers favorites rapper. I get it in LOL Sike I am me. I like to make good music and thats my only concern. I love to paint pictures with my music. I am an artist so when you hear my music hear it as an art not just someone with a gift. In time imma give you more. But if your listening to judge. Judge me by mu music....
Handles
Handles
Flooding airwaves with a lyrically incising set of bars that you not only bob your head in unison to, but mentally commend him for his perpetual ambition. While many rappers in their adolescent 20’s struggle to locate the adjectives in their minds to express the emotions of their verses, he's proving to listeners both young and old how set apart he is from the social stigma of rappers today.
Venue Information:
Baltimore Soundstage
124 Market Place
Baltimore, Maryland, 21202
http://www.baltimoresoundstage.com/