Legendary MC Rakim, one half of the iconic duo Eric B. and Rakim, is coming to Baltimore Soundstage next month.
Once named the greatest hip-hop lyricist of all time by The Source, Rakim is performing on Dec. 13 fresh off the release of his memoir, “Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius.”
In an interview with Baltimore’s own D. Watkins, who described the book as “a manifesto for a young person coming up, being young and black in America,” Rakim said he didn’t want to focus his written work just on hip-hop.
“I found a way to do a book where instead of it being so much about my life story, I wanted to try to inspire artists in general — if they’re rappers, if they paint, whatever they do,” he said.
Following the dissolution of Eric B. and Rakim in the early 1990s, Rakim went on to release three solo albums, the most recent being 2009’s “The Seventh Seal.”
The duo reunited for a tour last year, which included an April 18 stop at Baltimore Soundstage. You might remember it as the show where then-Mayor Catherine Pugh and then-Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa were booed after the latter tried to “apologize for all the things that the police have done, dating back 200 years.”
Tickets for the upcoming solo show went on sale this morning and cost $27.50. Baltimore rapper Eze Jackson will open.