Iconic New York emcee Rakim has been performing his classic album recorded with former partner Eric B., Paid In Full extensively in recent years. Ra has performed the 1986 4th & Broadway release alone as well as with The Roots since 2010, and made a stop with Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh earlier this month in Detroit, Michigan.

There, Rakim spoke with The Detroit Free Press. The newspaper reports that presently Rakim is in the studio with Pharrell of The Neptunes/N*E*R*D, and plans to release a single before the end of the year.

Rakim last released The Seventh Seal in 2009.

Read the full interview with The Detroit Free Press.

Additional Reporting by Paul W. Arnold.

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