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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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
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.