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I’m not gonna lie. Up until now, I’ve kind of felt like Rakim has been overrated. And to a certain extent, I’m still waiting to hear more of his greatest music. I know that this is not a popular view, but hey, I’m just being real with it.

But this track makes it undeniably evident that Rakim is a next level emcee. The sort of flows we hear on tracks like “Paid in Full” (1987) seem to fit with the times, but they don’t necessarily stand out today as the pinnacle of emceeing. So many up-and-coming emcees would hear and idolize Rakim during that era, not just because of his rhyming, but because of what he was actually saying. But still, I think that their admiration was separate in a way from the level of emceeing that he would eventually display on tracks that were recorded 10 or more years later. So when you think about it, some of the most acclaimed emcees, many of whom only debuted in the mid to late 90s, would look at Rakim as both an idol and a serious contender. He could have just fizzled out and kept getting paid off of his earlier hits. But by continuing to evolve his style and push the limits, the heavy hitters of the late 90s couldn’t really take the crown he had earned.

In other words… this is dope!! Enjoy.

This is one of those tracks that’s hardcore in more ways than one. This is hardcore hip-hop, not just hardcore rap. This is one of those die-hard odes to hip-hop culture. Respect to Sonny Seez.

A brief, open letter to John Robinson:

Dear J.R.,

On the real of reals, The Leak Edition Vol. 2 is 100% classic. It’s on a different level than a lot of the “classic” albums that have come out since the golden era. It is fulfilling to see that you have received a good amount of shine for your artistry, even if it’s only a fraction of what it would be if the scene was were it’s supposed to be. Know that heads are still listening to this in 2018. One day when everything flips back around, music like this, and the Emcees who wrote it, will be remembered fondly.

Looking forward to what’s in store, Brother. Peace.