Rakim Says He's Working With Aaron LaCrate On New Material

Rakim says that producer Aaron LaCrate "sent me some heat" for his new album.

Since breaking from former partner Eric. B in the mid-1990s, Rakim has worked with a variety of producers on his material, including DJ Premier and Clark Kent. Now, after collaborating with Aaron LaCrate on his Milkcrate Athletics mixtape, Rakim says that he will be working with the producer on his forthcoming album.

“He sent me some heat, man,” Rakim said during an interview with XXL. “I was just telling him just now I can feel the hairs growing out of my head talking about it. He’s a dope producer.”

Rakim says that the beats he’s gotten from the Baltimore producer impressed him immediately. “I don’t want to let the cat of the bag, but the track he hit me with was a no-brainer,” Rakim said. “As soon as I heard it, I was like, ‘Yo, man. This is not only what I need, I think this is what the game need too.’”

Eric B. & Rakim debuted in 1986 with the songs “Eric B. Is President” and “My Melody.” The cuts featured the Long Island, New York rapper rhyming with a distinct, slow delivery style that was accented by lyrics that were deemed poetic by critics and fans. Eric B. & Rakim’s debut album, 1987’s Paid In Full, is one of the most acclaimed albums in Rap history. Rakim released his debut solo album, The 18th Letter/The Book Of Life, in 1997.

After producing Baltimore Gutter and Rap songs for several years, Aaron LaCrate released the Milkcrate Mixtape in July. In addition to Rakim, it featured Raekwon, Bun B and Prodigy of Mobb Deep, among others.

Rakim says that his forthcoming material is consistent to the foundation he laid with his early work with Eric B.

“It’s all good what some of the cats are doing today, but that ain’t Rakim,” he said. “I would never jump on a bandwagon and do what somebody is doing. First of all, that ain’t my style. Nah mean. Second of all, that ain’t my style. You feel me? Again, Hip Hop is here for us. You gotta not take it for granted. We gotta do what we want to do from the heart. And keep in mind the elders, what the first-borns had in mind with this Hip Hop thing.”

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  • Ivan187

    Rakim's last album was so fucking wack I don't even wanna listen to his new shit. Leaving Aftermath was the dumbest shit he's ever done. Move to trash.

    • Anonymous

      thats what im telling these assholes here but theyre so on dudes nuts that its interfering with their judgement. Yeah he a legend, why tarnish his name with wack material.

  • Money First

    To the God MC and one of the best inspirations to alot of these goofies who have seem to forgt....Keep doing you! Can't wait to hear the new material!!

  • Money First

    To the God MC and one of the best inspirations to alot of these goofies who have seem to have forgot....Keep doing you! Can't wait to hear the new material!!

  • Anonymous

    Im a hip hop purest but some dudes need to leave Hip hop alone already. Dudes like Ra, KRS, Kane etc....they are living legends but sound out dated and their new projects always disappoint. They are just tarnishing their names by dropping below average projects. I get that theyre trying to make money but they can do that by doing Shows.....STOP THE VIOLENCE!!!

    • Anonymous

      Yeah no shit Kane hasnt dropped anything lately. I was talking about that era. Yeah, they will murder these new "rappers" out now. Name one good track that KRS, Ra, or any MC from the late 80's has dropped the last 2 years. I'll give Slick Rick that Premier produced joint. But these other cats are dropping or DROPPED weak projects. Last good track i heard KRS on was the CLASSIC joint with RA, NAS, Kanye etc. Other than that, his last ONE true banger was the dis on Nelly back in 2003 or so. And aint nobody talking about wearing womens clothing....You need to loosen youre BRA STRAP!

    • Ivan187

      Big Daddy Kane sounds outdated and his new projects always dissapoint?!? Kane didn't put out an album since 1997, what new projects are you talking about? Plus Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick are the only Old School MC's who will MURDER EVERYONE in the game right now.

    • berserk

      Man, listen some Kanye, Drake, wayne, 2chainz and wear woman clothes. Keep talking about yolo or being god. These all make you feel great I guess. They are real artists in the industry. Who da hell is Rakim?

  • Anonymous

    Rakim used to know the ledge, but now he's stranded on it.

  • jus10

    I don't know. i'll reserve judgement until I hear the final product. I always wanted more Rakim, but when he finally dropped Seventh Seal, I was left wishing he had stayed retired after The Master. His last album had what? 1 classic track, and maybe 2 nice tracks? yikes.

  • Hattie R. Rodriguez

    my neighbor's mother makes $81 hourly on the laptop. She has been laid off for 7 months but last month her pay check was $16559 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read more on this site... www.Can99.com Kendrick would NEVER call out Big Daddy Kane. He would get murdered.

  • supreem

    I grew up listening to Rakim unfortunately I feel like he is killing his legacy everytime he release shit...the music with eric b in my opinion is his best work I think he should just tour off of the strength of that..because ultimately hes not goona get new fans with new music and older heads don't want to hear new shit from him.

    • Aesop ROck

      What a pathetic think you are to say that "you grew up listenin' to Rakim". Everybody listen to everybody but the point is getting what you heard. It's obvious that you and other brainless teenagers had no idea who Rakim is. As a huge fan, the only disappointment was the 7th seal and you are claimin' that everytime he's releasing something? What did he release to disappoint till the 7th seal? he hadn't released anything! The main reason of the 7th seal's failure was the bad production. Rakim lost his value bcuz the fag named as Dr. Dre. He tried take advantage of him, he tried to mold him. He's Rakim and what would you expect? Otherwise, he wouldn't lose the movement he's supposed to have. Rakim is not your regular cat to keep changin' the pronunciation of the words to rhyme. He's the most complex rhyme scheme you've ever seen. you can't realize just reading his lyrics, also listening again and again helps you to discover the secret rhymes he wrote. It's obvious that you r full of sh*t by claiming you grew up listening to Rakim.

  • Gucci The General

    Another old ass bum who is 49 years old. Nigga you were dope in 1986 but its 2013 leave the mic to Gucci! Yo HHDX: The Gucci Mane Army wants freedom of speech? Your deleting posts by my soldiers. Why is that?????????

    • TrollHunter

      Cuz you're a troll..and if you're not you're a disgrace either way. I got a good laugh out of your post at least lol.

  • Anonymous

    rakim is timeless. i dont care what anyone says he always sounds dope on a track now and forever. just hope he gets some great beats and he will make magic.

  • Mike

    I hope he does a joint collab ablum with Krs-one in the near future

  • Gucci Mane Special Forces

    Gucci Mane is the realest rapper and heres why. - all other rappers rap about being gangster shooting and killing but they havent done it. - Eminem raps about killing he hasnt. - Jay z raps in open letter about sending shots he hasnt. - T.I. snitch to the feds - Young Jeezy was never bmf - 50 Cent snitch and was never in jail but a youthcamp - Game was never a banger but lived the life of his brother in his lyrics - Nas Escobar never sold drugs - Ice Cube never was a gangbanger - Dr Dre never was a gangbanger - Snoop was never a crip - 2pac was a ballerina and never sold drugs after he become famous he was doing some stupid stuff like beating and shooting at people because he though he could get away with it. Without Suge Knight 2pac was just a skinny motherf*cker. - Mobb deep are the biggiest cowards in rap they are short as midgets and keep talking this g sh*t but never did g sh*t. - JA-RULE IS THE BIGGEST CLOWN IN HIPHOP WITH TOTALLY NO STREETCREDIBILITY! Be in jail for smoking weed, carrying a gun or tax evasion is for pussies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Most of the rappers rap about stuff they havent done yet you all support them and say its real rap. - When rick ross does it you all claim he is fake and say its fake rap. This shows that hiphop fans are hypocritical and all these real hiphop fan wanna be's are just some unjustified haters whose opinions are just as irrelevent as the swag fag rapper fans. BIG GUWOP KILLED A MAN HE WAS A DRUG DEALER BEFORE RAPPER HE HAS STREET CREDENTIALS HE IS THE ONLY RAPPER THAT RAPS ABOUT FACTS THERE FORE BIG GUWOP IS THE REALEST RAPPER IN THE RAP GAME AND THATS A FACT!

  • troop 5

    wow smh @dentaldamboy. niggas like that have their heads so far up their ass, they can suffocate. wayne controlled hiphop 98-2009, and DRAKE came and piccd up tha load? wtf were u born in, 95? u can say that and actually beleive it. SEEK HELP.

    • da_truth

      It seems this old,senile,smelly moron hasn't gotten the memo:Nobody is checking out for you,you are irrelevant stop soiling your legacy

  • dentaldamboy

    Rakim is clearly jealous of all of the money that Lil Wayne has made and the pussy that Wayne has gotten. But this old, broke loser needs to realize that he would not have an opportunity to put out any new music if it were not for Wayne. Wayne kept rap alive between 1998 and 2009, until Drake stepped in and helped carry the load. Otherwise, rap would have ceased to exist as a genre and Rakim would be out on the streets with Wu-Tang and Jay-Z fans.

    • Nasstill@it

      LMAO at Dentalboy!!! You should try "stand-up" bro. Lol!

    • Trollhunter

      You really need to stop trolling cuz I don't think anyone with half a brain can take you seriously lol. I can't even get a decent laugh out of anything you write.

    • Ja Rule Army

      you got anything else? I'm still looking to give a fuck

    • Ja Rule Army

      yawn....too long didnt read

    • dentaldamboy

      Who the fuck are you? You rep the biggest pussy in the industry. No rapper has ever been clowned more than Ja Rule go clowned by 50. 50 cent made hundred of millions of dollars simply by bullying your idle around. Even Wayne, the god of rap couldn't help revive your career with a verse and a hook on "uh oh". P.I.L. 2 has yet to sell 10k. There is no place for Ja in the rap game. Ja Rule would never dare step foot in New Orleans or Miami.

    • Ja Rule Army

      cool story bro...real interesting

  • Award

    the most irrelevent article of the day goes tooo..........

  • steve-0

    rolling stones,the who,police,u2,all these old rockers command the stage and get respect.some of you young cats just don't get it.disrespectful lil mfers......

  • Wolfman

    I just wanna add that rapper's, like other musicians, dont need to retire. This game is not football, and music is something artists can do til they die. Maybe someone you like isn't doing their best work right -- I was not a fan of Rakim's The Seventh Seal. But, history has show other musicians dropping sub-par albums for decades in between hits. Let Rakim do his thing.

  • blitzlegga

    I only have one letter for Rakim. Y? You need to go ahead and sail into the sunset dawg. Or, if you still feel the itch to rap, just go on tour performing your old shit. No one is looking for anything you put out after 1994.

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