News: Rakim Announces New Album, Bids Farewell To Famous NYC Venue

Friday, Dec 19, 2008 8:31AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

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Rakim, Black Thought, Keith Murray and more will unite on stage tonight (December 19) at the Knitting Factory, for the storied New York City venue's last hip-hip-hop showcase.

Known for showcasing popular rap acts ranging from Q-Tip to Lord Finesse, the renowned hip-hop venue will close its doors as host Sasha Jenkins leads the one-night only event before the Lower Manhattan spot is finally shut down.

Aiming to give fans a classic hip-hop feel, there will be a special vinyl-only DJ set from Dante Ross, Ge-ology, DJ JS-1, Chairman Mao and more. Making the move from its well-known Manhattan location to Brooklyn's Williamsburg area, the venue hopes to leave a lasting impression with one of hip-hop's most famous pioneers.

"What better way to go out than with Rakim," Knitting Factory talent buyer Peter Agoston told amNewYork. "Brooklyn lives and breathes hip-hop. When we say, 'Is Brooklyn in the house?' Ninety percent of the people are making noise."

The Knitting Factory hip-hop concert finale is scheduled to begin tonight at 8 p.m.

In related news, Rakim's long delayed return to store shelves will finally be met with his upcoming release The Seventh Seal. Rakim is keeping details to a minimum but promises fans should expect to receive the same content he's known for rhyming about throughout his career.

"What they see Rakim as, I want to continue to be," Rakim told amNewYork. "I gotta remember what the people remember me for and stick to my guns... If you stay true to what you're doing, the fans will respect that."

No set release date has been announced for The Seventh Seal.

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