Exclusive: Rakim Predicts "Drastic Change" In Hip-Hop For 2010

Monday, Jan 18, 2010 7:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap legend Rakim recently chopped it up with SOHH and shared his predictions on what this new year will have to offer.

The New York emcee thinks the atmosphere of hip-hop will take a drastic change over the next 365 days.

"Wow, I'm looking for a drastic change in hip-hop," Rakim told SOHH. "I'm hoping this is the time where I think the awareness of hip-hop and the awareness in the street will take off. We had a lot of fun with rap these last few years, rap's been growing, we've been going through that period, you gotta give it room to do that. The South embraced it and next it's gonna do something else, who knows what. I think it's been going through so many changes, it's gonna be a big change [this] year. I hope it's for the good." (SOHH)

DJ Khaled recently said 2010 would mark Def Jam's takeover.

"Yeah yeah yeah, DJ Khaled, the road to victory, the year of the victory, 2010, Happy New Year's to everybody," Khaled said in a video recording. "I just wanna send this vlog out to everybody to wish 'em a happy new year, let's get it everybody. Let's all win. Let's win more. All we do is win, you feel me? We the best is the brand, we the best is gonna be on everything. It's gonna be a movie, look out for my album, Victory, it's gonna be a problem. Look out for Ricky Ross, Teflon Don, movie. Shout-out to Young Money, Cash Money out there. You know what it is, you know what I do. Shout-out to my Def Jam team, Def Jam stand up. 2010, Def Jam takeover. I'm going in, it's the year of the victory. Let's get it, happy new year." (Derick G Vimeo)

Fellow producer Pharrell recently released a video speaking on what is to come in 2010.

"Yo, Happy New Year's to everybody," he says, "it's 2010. Everything's about to change. So it's all about this year. So I just wanna thank you guys for supporting us for all these years. Here's looking at you guys. Yesssir." (YouTube)

Earlier this month, Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon said he would drop two solo albums this year.

"O I forgot my announcement on jan 1st to give yall so ima tell ya now! "I WILL BE DROPPIN 2 ALBUMS THIS YEAR!" Rt this crack....," he wrote on Twitter. "@ghanie nah solo records @agthekid ill deliver trust me!" (Raekwon's Twitter)

Check out Rakim telling SOHH his 2010 predictions below:

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