The LONG awaited first single off Ra’s LONG overdue LP, The Seventh Seal.
The album is being released on Rakim’s Ra Records label in a joint venture with Tuscan Villa Entertainment, headed by industry veterans Ron Kyle and Lennie Petze. In turn, Tuscan Villa is entered in a joint venture pact with SMC Recordings whose principals are Ralph Tashjian and Will Bronson. Handling distribution for Rakim’s album is Fontana/Universal Music Group. The rapper is managed by Matthew Kemp.
The rapper signed with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label in 2001. Featured on the 2002 top 10 R&B single “Addictive” by Aftermath labelmate Truth Hurts, Rakim later parted ways with Dre and Aftermath and his album was never released. Rakim – best known as one-half of the rap duo Eric B. & Rakim – has not released a new studio album save for 2008’s mostly live set, “The Archive: Live, Lost & Found,” which included four previously unreleased songs.
The rapper tells us the new album is fueled by consciousness and spirituality, something maybe Dr. Dre wasn’t fully about musically.
Peace to the Gods and Earths,