Rakim Announces First New Album In 15 Years

NAPA, CALIFORNIA – JULY 30: Rakim performs on the Footprints stage during the Blue Note Jazz Festival at Silverado Resort and Spa on July 30, 2023 in Napa, California. (Photo by Richard Bord/Getty Images)

Rakim is set to release his first solo studio album in nearly 15 years. The album, titled “God’s Network: Reb7rth,” will drop on July 26. This highly anticipated project includes guest appearances by DMX, Nipsey Hussle, Snoop Dogg, Prodigy, Method Man, Planet Asia, B.G., Canibus, and more. Notably, it marks the first full-length album entirely produced by Rakim.

A Star-Studded Project

The first single from the album, “REB7RTH (N.M.A.),” featuring Kurupt and Masta Killa, is set for release on June 21. This date coincides with the album’s pre-order launch. It will offer autographed posters, vinyl copies, CDs, cassettes, digital downloads, and merchandise. Matthew “M80” Markoff, the executive producer, has emphasized the significance of the album’s title, reflecting Rakim’s enduring influence in the music industry.

Rakim, often hailed as your ‘favorite MC’s favorite MC,’ started his influential career in the 1980s alongside DJ Eric B. Their debut album, “Paid In Full,” released in 1987, featured iconic tracks such as “Eric B. Is President” and the title track “Paid In Full,” which have since become Hip-Hop classics. They followed up with three more acclaimed albums: “Follow the Leader” (1988), “Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em” (1990), and “Don’t Sweat the Technique” (1992).

Rakim’s Legacy and Future

Rakim previously spoke with VIBE about his plans to release new music. He said he was inspired by veterans like JAY-Z, Nas, and Busta Rhymes, who remain active despite being over 50 years old.

“There’s no limit to greatness, keep going. And that’s what Hip-Hop listeners gotta understand,” Rakim said. “If we still have the passion and we still love Hip-Hop and the music is good, there’s no reason to put a limit on age.”

Addressing his potential induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Rakim expressed his appreciation: “Maybe it’ll happen this time. I feel great about it. Anytime anybody nominates you or thinks about you, you should feel great. It’s on God’s time, not our time.”

Rakim’s return is eagerly anticipated by fans and music lovers alike. It promises a blend of classic Hip-Hop essence and fresh, innovative sounds.