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Rakim - Unreleased Studio Set

posted on Oct 17, 2005 Rakim - I Get Visual (Link Expired)
Rakim - Livin' For The City (Link Expired)

Rakim - Unreleased Studio Session

Rakim
Unreleased Studio Set
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I cannot say for certain where this recording originated or if Rakim intended for these songs to be released or heard in this particular arrangement. I am inclined to believe the title and comfortably assume that it’s a demo, or maybe two demos, or at least a demo with some rarities tacked on. My guess is that it recorded in the early to mid-90s, after Rakim’s split with Eric B. and his entry into long-term major label limbo. The first few tracks certainly feel like unpolished sketches in need of mastering and any number of professional touches that might make them suitable for airplay or retail consumption. Rakim’s furious flows and elaborate rhyme patterns are necessarily the center of attention on brief, jazzy, up-tempo cuts like “Hypnotic” and “You Don’t Fool Me.”

Since Ra’s stellar vocal performance often carries songs, the listener is more inlined to ponder the potential greatness of a completed version rather than to needlessly lament the sonic limitations of the draft. The unsubtle funky break loops of the “original version” of “Don’t Sweat The Technique” will never trump the rubbery upright bass of the official song, but only a dispirited hard rock could resist nodding and grooving along. Rough versions of “Pass The Hand Grenade,” and “Remember That” sound largely undifferentiated from the official versions and thus act more as a superfluous buffer between the initial, fast rap cuts and the more recent, decidedly mellow and intricate. songs The closing hat trick of “Living For The City,” “I Get Visual,” and the original “Shades of Black” showcases a steadily maturing, increasingly insightful poet-craftsman flowing beautifully over music that knowingly employs a smoother, more melodic boom-bap. Simply incredible, as can be expected from the god.

Track Listing:

1. Everything’s Cool
2. Hypnotic
3. You Don’t Fool Me
4. Don’t Sweat The Technique (Original Version)
5. Pass The Hand Grenade pt. II
6. Remember That
7. Last Resort
8. Livin’ For The City
9. I Get Visual
10. Shades Of Black (Remix)

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Comments for "Rakim - Unreleased Studio Set"

  1. The people want to know-does the CD come with bonus features that include his infamous “goalteefU-S-A-dot-com” video?

    Damn that was a sad day in hip hop.
    Sankofa    Oct 18, 08:00 AM   
  2. I dunno I found that video to be oddly amusing.

    A sadder day was the one on which Dr. Dre decided not to take a gamble on Rakim’s comeback album. What an asshole.
    R.H.S.    Oct 18, 08:06 PM   
  3. Don’t forget Dre fucked King Tee in the ass too. He’s an equal opportunity hater.


    DJ Flash    Sep 28, 05:06 AM   
  4. I’ve been waiting for Rakim to come out i am a loyal fan i know every Rakim song word to word please Ra drop something quick for N.Y.


    TREV DOGG    Nov 15, 08:46 PM   
  5. where can i get the unreleased studio set by rakim?????


    The Don    Jan 20, 07:07 PM   
  6. Does anybody know where I can find these recordings. Is this for sale anywhere?


    visual    Feb 21, 03:41 PM   
  7. yo can someone please email me
    1. Everything’s Cool
    2. Hypnotic
    3. You Don’t Fool Me
    4. Don’t Sweat The Technique (Original Version)
    5. Pass The Hand Grenade pt. II
    6. Remember That
    7. Last Resort
    8. Livin’ For The City
    9. I Get Visual
    10. Shades Of Black (Remix)

    and the
    Rakim – I Get Visual

    Rakim – Livin’ For The City


    yaboy12    Jul 26, 06:06 AM   
  8. the song “Remember That” was on his album 18th Letter. i don’t know about the others though, there are a few great unreleased tracks from Rakim though, most of them better then his recent two singles imo.


    mark    Oct 25, 05:53 PM