Win Tickets ($75): Eric B & Rakim @ Roseland Theater | w/ Beat Scientist Makaya McCraven

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Eric B & Rakim @ Roseland Theater on April . To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, .


From our sponsors:
Eric B & Rakim w/ Makaya McCraven
April 18, 2019
7 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Show | $38.50 -$50 | 21+

Roseland Theater
8 Northwest 6th Avenue, Portland, OR

During rap’s so-called golden age in the late ’80s, Eric B. & Rakim were almost universally recognized as the premier DJ/MC team in all of hip-hop. Not only was their chemistry superb, but individually, each represented the absolute state of the art in their respective skills. Eric B. was a hugely influential DJ and beatmaker whose taste for hard-hitting James Brown samples touched off a stampede through the Godfather of Soul’s back catalog that continues up to the present day. Rakim, meanwhile, still tops fan polls as the greatest MC of all time. He crafted his rhymes like poetry, filling his lines with elaborate metaphors and complex internal rhymes, and he played with the beat like a jazzman, earning a reputation as the smoothest-flowing MC ever to pick up a mic. His articulation was clear, his delivery seemingly effortless, and his influence on subsequent MCs incalculable. Together, their peerless technique on the microphone and turntables upped the ante for all who followed them, and their advancement of hip-hop as an art form has been acknowledged by everyone from Gang Starr to the Wu-Tang Clan to Eminem. While certain elements of their sound might come off as slightly dated today, it’s also immediately clear how much of a hand Eric B. & Rakim had in leading hip-hop into the modern age.

Makaya McCraven and his band will be opening for Eric B Rakim!

Makaya McCraven is a beat scientist. The bleeding edge drummer, producer, and sonic collagist is one of Chicago’s savviest cultural players and a multi-talented force whose inventive process & intuitive, cinematic style defy categorization.

French-born but raised in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts by expatriate musician parents, McCraven studied Jazz at the University of Massachusetts Amherst under the mentorship of jazz luminaries Archie Shepp, Marion Brown, and Yusef Lateef, and eventually went on to develop his chops in Chicago’s burgeoning scene. His breakthrough album In the Moment was released with International Anthem Recording Co. (IARC) in 2015 and received widespread acclaim, proving to be a dramatic statement by McCraven that quickly launched him into the vanguard of not only Internationally-known jazz artists, but also a niche genre of next-wave composer-producers blurring the boundaries of jazz & electronic music.

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20 Responses to Win Tickets ($75): Eric B & Rakim @ Roseland Theater | w/ Beat Scientist Makaya McCraven

  1. Jessica Terry April 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm #

    Cause I work 2 jobs to pay my bills.. 530am to 9pm 4 days a week.. I need a day out.

  2. Chris April 11, 2019 at 9:06 am #

    Wow…legends, yes please!

  3. Melissa Fowler April 11, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

    This would be cool

  4. Melissa Fowler April 11, 2019 at 12:14 pm #

    This would be cool to go to

  5. Jeff linsday April 11, 2019 at 12:14 pm #

    This would be fun to to go

    • Christine Skorjanc April 11, 2019 at 4:26 pm #

      This would be a good time with my boyfriend –

    • Howard Lazier April 12, 2019 at 5:00 pm #

      This would be so cool. Yes, please sign me up!

  6. Jessica C April 11, 2019 at 4:47 pm #

    Whoa!!!! This is amazing! Legendary – would love to be there!

  7. Drew April 11, 2019 at 5:07 pm #

    Legends in hip hop here in Portland? I’d love to check em out, being the huge hip hop head I am! Thnx for the opportunity for free!

  8. Iris April 12, 2019 at 12:25 pm #

    Oh man! I would win New Girlfriend of the Year if I could take my hip hop-loving boyfriend to this unbelievable show! I also dig every track from Makaya McCraven when I hear ’em on KMHD (I’m the jazz lover, he’s the hip hop head). Help a girl out and score me some major points, pretty please and thank you!

  9. Cara April 12, 2019 at 12:34 pm #

    Worth it even on a work night!

  10. Ben B April 12, 2019 at 5:37 pm #

    Because you gots to respect the legends!

  11. Dian April 12, 2019 at 8:47 pm #


    • William Longnecker April 14, 2019 at 2:47 pm #

      Because Rakim is the goat….

  12. R April 13, 2019 at 1:05 am #

    Yo! I want dat

  13. Brian Gee April 13, 2019 at 12:01 pm #

    Eric B & Rakim’s album Follow The Leader was the first album I ever bought back in 1988, I was 10

  14. Jen Cowen April 13, 2019 at 12:03 pm #

    I’d love to win tickets for the show! Rakim is the best MC of all time. Paid in full #legends

  15. Eric April 13, 2019 at 3:22 pm #

    Hook me up!

  16. Julia April 13, 2019 at 10:10 pm #

    this sounds like the perfect experience after a long ass work week… yes please!

  17. Kyle April 14, 2019 at 6:32 pm #

    Because these guys pioneered lyric rap, and I never thought I’d get a chance to see them

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