Eric B. & Rakim Open Up About Prodigy's Legacy & Upcoming Apollo Performance

"He brought the hood to the booth," Rakim said of the legendary rapper. 

It's what rap enthusiasts have been waiting for. Last year, Rakim and Eric B. teased fans with a comeback tour. Now, the duo has shared that they will perform the classic album Paid In Full at the legendary Apollo Theater.

"It's going to be a celebration for hip hop and we want everyone to come on out," Eric B. shared with Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg and Laura Stylez on Thursday (June 22). "It's going to be so many [guests] we may not get our records off." he joked.

Their 1987 debut has been hailed as the pivotal turning point for hip hop and one of the greatest albums of all time. Released on July 7, the duo is also performing at the Apollo on July 7 to commemorate the LP's 30th anniversary. "As cocky as the rhymes sounded, I never thought they would have an impact like this," Rakim added. "It's a blessing to not only be apart of the game and this legendary status, but to be here 30 years later and have a show and everyone come down and enjoy themselves, I would've never expected it."

The group also plans to re-release all four of their albums. In addition to the special guests, the show is actually the first time the two have performed the tracks together in 20 years.

During their chat with Rosenberg and Stylez, the two also shared their thoughts on the passing of Prodigy. "I had a lot of respect for Prodigy," Rakim said. "He brought the hood to the booth. Sitting down with him and talking to him, he was a grounded cat and laid back so it's sad that we lost one of the greats."

Eric also shared that he was at the rapper's final show in Las Vegas and watched him take photos with fans. "You never knew he was sick," Erick said. "The show was great. That's the way I want to remember him. He put on a great show."

Tickets for the duo's show go on sale to the general public Friday June 23 at 10 am EST. Cop them here.

From the Web

More on Vibe

Jaden Smith Paints The City Pink "Again" In New Video

Jaden Smith released the brand new music visuals for his record, "Again," featuring his alter ego SYRE.  The song is taken from his latest album ERYS, which dropped earlier this year.

Here, in the new visuals, Jaden uses his typical pink-colored theme, as the video kicks off with him spray painting his pink car with his MSFTS imprint before breaking out into a dance on top of the car.

The rapper seems to be sporting a new triangle-shaped face tattoo on his right cheek, which is probably just for the video, and may or may not be a reference to that illuminati-pyramid he was building in his parents backyard.

In other Jaden Smith news, the actor is slated to play a young Kanye West in Omniverse, an anthology that examines perception through the eyes of Mr. West.

Watch the video above.

 

 

Continue Reading
Cardi B performs on day 1 of Music Midtown at Piedmont Park on September 14, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Scott Legato/Getty Images for Live Nation

Cardi B's Latest Freestyle Fuels Anticipation For Sophomore Album

Cardi B is sparking more anticipation for her next album thanks to her latest freestyle. On Monday (Nov. 19), the rapper dropped some bars on Instagram to hold fans over until the release of her sophomore project.

"Just a little something something... hair on healthy," she captioned the freestyle over Cam'ron's classic track, "357." Keeping it natural and raw, the Bronx native posts up in front of Cap'n Crunch and a Costco box full of Vienna sausages to drop her freestyle about the wins and losses she's taken this year.

"I be in the mansion, you be in my mentions / I came right out the trenches to the top of the charts / Lost friends on the way / This s***t is breaking my heart / 'Bout 30 seconds in I'm like where do I start / I don't act I'm a hustler just playing my part,"  she spits.

If anything, this can be a hint to fans that she's gravitating back towards her hip-hop roots, an element heavily heard on her debut album, Invasion of Privacy. In a recent interview with Billboard, Cardi talked about her new album and curiosities about its direction.

"There's certain music that I want to do, but I feel like, [are] people interested in that? I feel like things have changed. It's more like a twerk sound going on right now," she said. "It's just like, 'Should I just do my music around that?' But I cannot just go with what's hot. I still gotta go with what I want to do."

Cardi has no problem adapting to popular music. She's worked with the likes of Selena Gomez on DJ's Snake's "Taki Taki" with Ozuna in 2018 and took her guest spots to another level in 2019 by working with Ed Sheeran ("South of The Border"), Lil Nas X ("Rodeo") and French Montana ("Writings On The Wall"). She also dropped a show-stopping video for "Press" over the summer.

But at the end of the day, Cardi's new music is coming first. "My album is on my mind 24/7,"she said. "It's practically all I'm focusing on."

Enjoy her freestyle (and sleek blowout) below.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Just alittle something something ......hair on healthy.

A post shared by Iamcardib (@iamcardib) on Nov 18, 2019 at 6:55pm PST

Continue Reading

Royce Da 5'9" "Black Savage" Video Is A Celebration Of Black Style

The NFL is still engulfed in the Colin Kaepernick controversy, however, the league is moving forward with its "Songs of the Season" series. Over the weekend, Royce da 5'9" released the music visuals for "Black Savage," featuring T.I., CyHi the Prynce, Sy Ari Da Kid and White Gold.

The new video takes place in a stylish mansion, where the MCs celebrate life as black men in America while showing off their black elegance by wearing sharp, two-piece suits. Fellow-Slaughterhouse member Kxng Crooked makes a cameo in the video as well.

Jay-Z and the NFL recently announced Inspire Change, a non-profit organization, back in August. One of the programs from the organization is Songs of the Season. Song of the Season will run throughout this year's NLF season and will showcase artists who will create a song for NFL promotions each month during the season.

Each song will debut during an in-game broadcast. Meek Mill, Meghan Trainor, and Rapsody were the first Inspire Change advocates this season.

It's rumored that Nicke Nine is working on his eighth studio album. Over the last few years, Royce has released some of the best music of his career, which includes albums like Layers, Book of Ryan, PRhyme, and PRhyme 2.

Watch the "Black Savage" video above.

Continue Reading

Top Stories