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Rakim Signs New Album Deal For “Seventh Seal” Out Spring 2009

Reports say that the god Rakim has finally signed a new deal and will release his long rumored project: The Seventh Seal on SMC Recordings. Yes, the label that is currently home to Killer Mike, Mistah F.A.B., & Pastor Troy will now bear responsibility to deliver a classic from one of the greatest MCs to ever grace the microphone. Will they deliver? Who knows – but they seem pretty excited about it according to the press release: “SMC Recordings signs the largest act in the history of the company”.

The Seventh Seal is now on tap to drop Spring of 2009 – almost ten years after the release of Rakim’s last album – The Master. No further details of the album have been leaked at this time – but we will of course deliver the info as we learn about it.

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  1. Who gives a fuck!!!! I’m tired of waiting on this shit!!! This nigga been coming out since the early 2000’s!! Fuck rakim man. He’s a liar

    Comment by demond bishop | October 5, 2008 | Reply

    • You really don’t get how the music industry works. You see, niggas like you only go by what’s of face value and what the media covers. However on the inside the industry has to make cuts, revise and strategically plan out when a CD will be released. You also need samples. When Rakim means his CD will drop on a given date, he would mean airplay. However you haven’t heard of any airplay right? Which means there will be no CD until you hear something new. You call him a liar, nigga you don’t even know how hard it is to release something in the Fucking Industry when you’ve been on a 10 year music hiatus and when you think your album will drop and then shit happens. So Don’t start callin niggas liars until you get your facts straight.

      Comment by Rakim Fan | July 13, 2009 | Reply

  2. I cant wait to hear him do his thing again! Big fan from the old school. He should make sure to get the dude who just did that new San Quinn single Double Dose of Gangsta! Dude CHOPS got hits with him he did that Bun B and Jeezy song!

    Rakim is cold as ice!

    Comment by Yay2daA | October 23, 2008 | Reply

  3. Yo Rakim’s the god of rap plus hip-hop son.. He’s been doin his thing for yours.. crushing ever microphone he touches.. He is and always will be #1 hands down.. so for all you bling bling bitches out there whom think lil waynes the shit! take notes from Rakim Allah! He’s a lyrical phnom to the hip-hop world.. droppin mad style and crazy ass flavor that’s so sick, aid’s is scared to him.. Ya Heard! It’s a must that every hip-hop head get the seventh seal period..

    Comment by Goose | December 22, 2008 | Reply

  4. bullshitting mother focker this album will now be released in christmas 2015, or maybe 2020, fuk rakim, tell him shuff yo album up yo shitter mate

    Comment by jellybalboa | December 22, 2008 | Reply

  5. Fuck this shit, been waiting for this for too fucking long
    fuck you rak, you taking a piss -too rich to fucking work< you dont take this release seriously, why should we

    Comment by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 | Reply

  6. Hate this fucking push backs, seems like mc’s these days sport eachother who can push back an album the most. Dre and Rakim race is just ridiculous, but i love how they spit so i’m picking it up anyways..

    Comment by swisha | December 31, 2008 | Reply

  7. i say the longer it takes the better it should be

    Comment by Anonymous | December 31, 2008 | Reply

  8. All yall sayin fuck rakim need 2 do ya damn homework. He is top 3 emcee hands down. How yall gon rush him jus because ya presious lil wayne releases 50 songs everyday and mostly trash. Rakim has 2 many classic songs 2 name

    Comment by Anonymous | January 9, 2009 | Reply

  9. This album has been pushed back more times than I count – at least 20 false dates have been put forth so I will believe it when I see it.

    Comment by Andrew Harris | January 10, 2009 | Reply

  10. With the way the whole hip hop industry is now rakim can easily show these “rappers” what real hip hop is and once again make this music into a artform.

    Comment by thatdude | January 10, 2009 | Reply

  11. The sad thing is that this has taken so long and it probably wont even sound good. It will likely sound just like the other dogshit nowadays with girls singing the chorus. DJ Premier should be doing the production and nobody else.

    Comment by Anonymous | January 12, 2009 | Reply

  12. Yo don’t hate on Rakim he could put out a classic every year if he wanted to but that’s not good enough b/c his albums have to perfectly match his standards, that’s why he broke up with Dre. Dre’s too commercialized and west coast for Rakim so he wasn’t going to put out a shitty album if the two of them didn’t mesh. Also Rakim kept pushing it back afterwards b/c he was using his own label, now it should be less of a problem. Last don’t forget the dude hasn’t exactly been silent for a decade, he’s been giving us tastes of what’s to come like the four new tracks in the Live, Lost, & Found record. I know from listening to those that this album should be a classic & put the ringtone rappers in their place, really looking forward to it just hope it’ll have a lot of tracks since it’s been so damn long!

    Comment by MC Post Mortem | January 13, 2009 | Reply

  13. We need to get back to the roots of hip-hop…that’s what Rakim is all about. The problem is that the radio stations and billboards will never publicize or glorify the R’s music like it should be (not that they need to; Rakim’s music speaks for itself). They are busy commercializing the “new” music artists, while some are good but most is repetitive and focuses on the same simple and shallow messages. The R’s music will always be deep because his style is identical to none!

    Comment by Rollo Johnson | January 18, 2009 | Reply

  14. hey yall sims two mi lak diss release in 2015 mayb a gurd fing. Cus luk at it diss way globaly rap blew up big tam bitween 2002-05 ma theory is he guna release it and hopefuly change da hip-hop world foreva respect to rakim diss dude changed everyfin widout him u gotta admit no modern day rappa wud be using a internal lyric structure as gud as the da one he practically invented

    peace out man

    Comment by anonymouis | January 26, 2009 | Reply

  15. agree wid u der rollo old skool is da best. Howeva
    comercially i fink it fair to say some rappers wud struggle to blow up if it wernt for da comercializing

    Comment by anonymouis | January 26, 2009 | Reply

  16. yea straight up i’m tired of waiting for this shit like fuck

    Comment by Anonymous | February 1, 2009 | Reply

  17. Rakim is the best – there’s no denying pure genius. Now if he would step off his ego and remember who helped him get there we would be in for a real treat… Yo Rakim – give Eric B some love!

    Comment by Yer Momma Son | February 3, 2009 | Reply

  18. Scream It PeePee……..ITS ABOUT FUCKING TIME BABY! You cats better stop dissing my man the GOD MC!

    Comment by OCK | February 13, 2009 | Reply

  19. Finally we might get to see the God MC go at it again in full album. Even though Rakim doesn’t fit into what rap has become today, I do feel that he will bring a spark of hope outta this bull shit, dirty south rap crap and bring us back to the cool melodies and smooth rhythms. New York is where it started at and it will never let these faggy south bitches ruin hip hop into some pop industry. Long live the The Master Rakim Allah

    Comment by Large Luke | March 13, 2009 | Reply

    • We know where hiphop got it’s start..but Slow down on the hostility about the The south produced and still produces some of the best hiphop as well. OUTKAST, GOODIE MOB, DEAD PREZ..and many others. The true essence of hiphop can NOT be contained by a region of a country. That’s idiotic thinking. Hiphop’s influence is so vast, powerful that it is global. Hardcore hiphop heads rep in JAPAN..JAPAN. Hiphop is so pandemic and broad that EVERYBODY can be fed. Hiphop was started as a means of oppressed people’s voices being expressed and heard. In this country when we think of oppression (especially racial) you MUST think of the south. As Andre 3000 put it so eloquently all those years ago when ‘KAST accepted their Best New Artist Award..”THE SOUTH GOT SOMETHING TO SAY.” Their voices deserve to be heard too.

      Comment by So_Cold | July 23, 2009 | Reply

  20. yo cant wait da saga beginz or ends peace g

    Comment by pizarro fernando | April 16, 2009 | Reply

  21. na da saga will never end i wish da r write da next bible allready

    Comment by pizarro fernando | April 16, 2009 | Reply

  22. its the god baby and i think hes ready to give us the 21st century hiphop classic…for all of u sayin fuck rakim : go fuck urselfs,true fans will wait till 2030,its not a problem cause i know that ra will give us another classic..

    Comment by spy13 | May 1, 2009 | Reply

  23. Peace,

    First thingz first, who ever has tha FUCKIN’ AUDACITY to DisReSpect
    Tha G.O.D. MC- RAKIM ALLAH iz not a True Fan of Hip-Hop. Thiz man
    has Nfluenced Damn near everyone who’z ever attempted to clarify them-
    selvez as a MC, since his Debut N (Build Equality) ’86.
    Ask your favorite mc, who’z there FAVORITE MC? Nine out of ten, will
    say RAKIM ALLAH.

    Tha Vet

    Comment by Kontajus Tha Vet | May 28, 2009 | Reply

  24. yo its been a long time since u left us without a strong album to bless us i think about all rymes you stress us times up i hope the seventh seal the best yet peace

    Comment by pizarro fernando | June 19, 2009 | Reply

  25. Rakim made u, hate and u done dissed u and who ever u regard as rap fuck hiphop

    Comment by N.A187 | June 30, 2009 | Reply

  26. The God MC

    Comment by Sound Vertie | July 15, 2009 | Reply


    Comment by 3B SAUCE | July 18, 2009 | Reply

  28. If u understand the essence of hiphop you would NEVER utter BS about the God MC. NEVER.’s been a long time since..well u know the song.. But he is your favorite rappers favorite rapper. Artists(and I use that term loosely) that can put out 5 albums a year put out mostly recycled crap that the dumbed down masses will eat up. Some things are well worth the true lyrical content that not only makes u move ur ass, but makes u use ur mind is MIA from HIPHOP these days. RETURN OF THE GOD..that’s what he should name the album!

    Comment by So_Cold | July 23, 2009 | Reply

  29. you have to understand this…Rakim is a perfectionist…every bar has to be a gem..he doesnt just put random shit on like Wayne and puts it on the net the next day..Rakim takes his time and it will surely pay off. Im being patient on him. Cuz i know that when his album comes out…every song on it will echo in hip hop history like all his songs did.

    Comment by JT Loco | July 30, 2009 | Reply


    Comment by koger. | September 17, 2009 | Reply

  31. i got a late start in hip hop cause my parents didnt approve of it. 98 was when i first heard jay’s vol 2 and since then he’s been my favorit rapper but when i got a hold to some of rakims old stuff i was blown away. Lyrically there is no one even close to this guy. He truly is the God mc and i cant wait for the seventh seal to hit the shelves. Come on Ra i need this one in my collection

    Comment by larry cutts | October 5, 2009 | Reply

  32. To comment #31 by larry cutts: I love to hear about young cats like you who dig deep in the crates to look for the tru greats of HipHop. “Come on Ra I need this one in my collection”, that statement says it all. We still got young cats like u holdin the torch in all this darkness. Keep that love of tru hiphop burning young head.

    Comment by Anonymous | October 8, 2009 | Reply

  33. What up with it Bro! Slay all you mf’ing haters out there about the R. Bro can take all the fucking time he needs or wants you shit head son of bitches. U mf go fuck………and eat shit and die!!! This shit is really real for us Rukns, MOEs, and other Mighty Bros. 7 ways in, 7 ways no doubt. Worldwide brotherhood 777

    We be Black Princes and we be out

    Comment by E7 Rukn | October 20, 2009 | Reply

  34. I found a bootleg here!

    Comment by Karen | November 13, 2009 | Reply

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