Win Tickets ($70): Rakim @ Crystal Ballroom | Rap, Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of ‘The 18th Letter’

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Rakim @ Crystal Ballroom on December 2. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed November 28.



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From our sponsors:
Rakim
December 2, 2022
6:30PM Doors, 8PM Show | All Ages
GA: $32 ADV, $35 Doors
21+ reserved balcony: $40 ADV, $45 Doors
More info: crystalballroompdx.com

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

Where many MCs of the time developed their technique through improvisational battles, Rakim was among the first to demonstrate the possibilities of sitting down to write intricately crafted lyrics packed with clever word choices and metaphors (of course, he also had the delivery to articulate them). Even after his innovations were worshipfully absorbed and expanded upon by countless MCs who followed, Rakim’s early work still sounds startlingly fresh, and his comeback recordings (beginning in the late ’90s) only added to his legend.

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30 Comments

  1. Denise Renfro on November 8, 2022 at 12:28 am

    Yes, please!! 💗

    • Lisa dudley on November 24, 2022 at 10:43 am

      Let’s not be hasty and get crazy there’s only one the the only lyrically clever to maneuver this tongue to cheek verse I spit. With respect the only choice that makes any of this relevant it’s not a contest or is it. Everyone wins if I could only just get tickets to get in…

  2. Brian on November 8, 2022 at 1:46 pm

    I hope to win this. Your website thinks I am spam.

  3. Kaeli Plaks on November 8, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    What a throwback!! This would be such a blast to go to with my boyfriend. Love the Crystal Ballroom, too! 🙂

    • Blu on November 23, 2022 at 7:59 pm

      I would love the opportunity to experience this.

  4. Francesca Bryk on November 8, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    A living legend! I would love to go.

  5. Brad on November 8, 2022 at 3:03 pm

    The masta,
    whose rhymes surpass ya,
    at the Crystal Ballroom, do I even need to ask ya?

    When they turn down the lights,
    and Rakim touches the mic,
    the bass hits and I’m in a state of delight.

    First things first, though, gotta win the tix
    to quench my lyrical thirst and get my hip-hop fix

    so I’ll wait patiently and see what happens next
    as my luck flows through the pipeline and back to PDX

  6. JP on November 8, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    It’s been too long since I’ve been to the Ballroom! My wife and I would love to go.

  7. SMP on November 8, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    The GOAT! That phrase has been tossed around a lot lately, but Rakim is the real deal. Would love to see.

  8. Kayla on November 8, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Saw Rakim perform Paid in Full at Rock the Bells in 2010, which was 23 years after its release and it would be a full circle moment to see the 25th anniversary tour celebrating The 18th Letter! Please and thank you!

  9. nina on November 8, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    I’d love to take a visiting friend to this show!

  10. S. on November 10, 2022 at 5:02 pm

    One of, if not THE best, to do it. Would love to see Rakim crush it live.

  11. RK on November 10, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    I really said “Rakim?! H*ll yea i’m tryna go to dat!” Seriously tho, send ya girl!

  12. Shivacaranda on November 10, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Perfect birthday gift for my boyfriend!

  13. Carol Trekas on November 12, 2022 at 10:58 am

    I love rap music.

  14. Dian on November 12, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    OMG, this show is going to be lit. Please pick me 🙂

  15. Kyle Miller on November 15, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    Growing up in Hawaii we never got that many big name artists to perform live. Now living in a bigger city and having the opportunity to see some of the artists that I grew up listening to has been awesome. Wouldn’t want to miss this show.

  16. Tanisha Stafford on November 15, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    He is a talented gift to the Rap community and I would love to take my sister and see him perform live.

  17. Heather on November 19, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    Heavily interwoven lyrically in my life.

  18. Amy Simpson on November 22, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    Hell yeah!! My boyfriend looooooooves RAKIM!!! He would die if I won him tickets!!

  19. David on November 25, 2022 at 6:42 am

    Would love to see this absolute LEGEND of an artist, live!

  20. Nicholas LeMon on November 26, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    I haven’t seen rakim since I was 15!! Oh man! I must go again!

  21. Nicholas leMon on November 26, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    It’s been 28 years since I last saw rakim! I must go!

  22. Stephanie Smitherfield on November 27, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Love to see this show !!!

  23. Perry on November 29, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    Man… I remember buying this CD as a teenager! Would love to see the R live!

  24. Brig on November 29, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    Christmas Rap would be a great Christmas Win !!

  25. Sheiny on November 29, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    One two, one two, what’s nex what’s nex
    sending me to rakim and watchin him flex

  26. Gary Spencer on November 29, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    I want to go because I’ve been a fan of the Ra since I was a kid and never thought I’d see him live. He’s one of the best of all time, and I’d love the chance to relive part of my childhood by seeing him in concert.

  27. Drew on November 29, 2022 at 3:57 pm

    Be hela cool to see a living legend of hip-hop, live and direct! Thanks for the chance pdx pipeline!

  28. Erich Miller on November 29, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    This would be dope yo!

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