News: Rakim Recruits Jadakiss, Maino, Styles P & Busta Rhymes W/ "The Seventh Seal"

Saturday, Sep 26, 2009 5:30AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Hip-Hop pioneer Rakim has snatched Jadakiss, Maino, Styles P and more for his comeback album, The Seventh Seal, which is slated to drop later this year.

In addition to mainstream hip-hop artists, the project will also feature Rakim's own daughter.

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 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. (Press Release)

The renowned emcee also spoke on his overall reaction to the forthcoming project's quality.

"The Seventh Seal is my own revelation -- 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," he said in a statement. "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 Seal -- 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 giving my longtime fans the conscious fire they expect." (Statement)

Rick Ross paid homage to Rakim during a New York City concert last month.

"Put your hands in the motherf*cking sky right now," Ross told the packed New York crowd before performing "Hustin'". "The Boss Ricky Ross is in motherf*cking New York, what's up? Yeah...Hold up, hold up, hold up...I gotta pay homage to motherf*cking, the motherf*cking icon of DJ Kid Capri. I just tore down the stage at the Madison Square with my n*gga John Legend and I heard the motherf*cking, the motherf*cking Rakim was gonna be in the motherf*cking building. So Triple C's came through, I got the BX with me, I got Def Jam in this motherf*cker and we came out to show motherf*cking love to the real motherf*cking legend." (SOHH On The Scene)

Rakim recently spoke on the upcoming album's sound.

"I used a bunch of hungry, talented [producers] -- Needlz, Nottz and my best-kept secret, Nick Wiz," Rakim revealed in an interview. "I spoke with Eric B. before I started recording, and we both decided it was in our best interest not to collaborate." (New York Post)

The Seventh Seal is slated to land in stores Tuesday, November 17th via Ra Records / Tuscan Villa / SMC Recordings.

Check out Rick Ross speaking on Rakim below:

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