News: Rakim's New Single Leaks Ahead Of Schedule, "I Need To Talk To Y'all For A Minute" [Audio]

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2009 3:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Hip-Hop pioneer Rakim's first single "Holy Are You" from his upcoming Seventh Seal album has leaked online two weeks ahead of its initial release.

The new track features Rakim mixing metaphors with extensive wordplay to showcase his rhyming skills are still in tact.

"I need to talk to y'all for a minute," Rakim says in the intro. "Get serious for a minute. For those who find it hard to believe/It is they call me the God MC, the lyricist...the world wonder, still standing like pyramids/Designs so vivid, each brick it's got a story to tell...It's like watching a Big Bang theory emerge, I take titles, ball 'em to a billion words...Rap tight, rap like I've been preserved in time/Spit the holy water/Touch it to turn it to wine/It's the God..." ("Holy Are You")

He recently spoke and confirmed the forthcoming release of his new album.

"The seals are from the Bible - Revelations and the coming of the Apocalypse...The Lion of Judah breaks the seven seals one by one, each imparting knowledge and inflicting catastrophe, ending with seven trumpets announcing the end of Times...I want to do that: to spit fire and take our best from the ashes to build our kingdom; to recognize all the regional styles, conscious lyrics, the tracks, underground, mainstream, the way we treat each other. Lose the garbage and rebuild our scene...I don't accept that the new generation is looking for anything different than what we've always been looking for. Depending on the moment, they want bangers that make them crack their neck...Every generation wants that real hip-hop. And I've always been able to bring that." (Reuters)

The rapper initially planned to drop "Holy Are You" later this month.

The project's first single, "Holy Are You," will drop July 28. The album is being released on Rakim's Ra Records label in a joint venture with Tuscan Villa Entertainment, headed by industry veterans Ron Kyle and Lennie Petze. In turn, Tuscan Villa is entered in a joint venture pact with SMC Recordings whose principals are Ralph Tashjian and Will Bronson. Handling distribution for Rakim's album is Fontana/Universal Music Group. The rapper is managed by Matthew Kemp. (Billboard)

Rakim previously spoke on the importance of New York rappers representing authentic hip-hop.

"New York is responsible for bringing that raw...real gritty hip-hop 'cause we originated it" Rakim said in an interview. "New York and the East Coast, we gotta represent and do our part and then it's okay for everyone else to do what they do...then it'll be a balance and everybody will be happy...but once New York and the East Coast start submitting certain sounds right now, then yeah, a certain element of hip-hop will die." (Jenny Boom Boom)

The Seventh Seal is due in stores fall 2009.

Check out Rakim's "Holy Are You" below:

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