Rakim comes to Neumos in Seattle & proves he's still no joke

March 07, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

It was a cold, windy and rainy night in Seattle on February 25. I know, I know Seattle cold and rainy in February? Who'd have thunk it right?  Well speaking as someone born and raised in Seattle it was an unusually miserable night but one thing was for sure I was going to photograph and finally end up meeting a legend of hip hop.

 

As soon as I walked in I saw a familiar face in DJ B-Mello on stage hyping the crowd getting them ready for what would be a memorable night in Seattle and the start of a monster week of shooting for your humble narrator. 

 

First up was "Fearce Vill" from one of the most well known groups to ever come out of Seattle, "Dyme Def." I've said it before and I'll say it again I've been a fan of Dyme Def since the first time I heard "Let it be" and in this case with but one-third of the trio the crowd was indeed treated to a first class show as always. 

 

Next up was Ballard native "Grynch."  I wasn't too familiar with this artist but almost immediately any skepticism was vanquished. This kid can rap!  Ballard, Washington may not be a hip hop hotbed but they city really produced a talented artist in this case.

Next up was a performer that wasn't even on the bill. He was supposed to perform tomorrow at the "Method man" show. I'm talking about "Ra Scion." He's another local artist that I hadn't heard much about but I did do some research and I found his site with his 3 song EP short movie for BEGXBORROWXSTEAL and I was instantly a fan. What struck me as somewhat of a surprise was how smooth his flow is. I didn't much get a sense of this from his video but I saw it with my own eyes. I was in such disbelief that I had to ask someone if he was from Seattle. I glad to say he is a local product.

 

This was already an incredible show and in a few minutes we were going to have to pleasure of seeing "Rakim" the original lyricist of hip hop perform in person. I remember personally wrecking three paid in full tapes from playing them so much. "Eric B & Rakim" were one of the main groups that shaped the way I'd see hip hop to day even. Eric B with his solid never overly complex production (he got away from that with "Chinese Arithmetic" though) and Rakim with his usually monotone lyrical delivery was a match made in heaven. So much so that about.com named them the "number 3 greatest rap duo of all time." I can't say that I totally agree with this list, but I'm happy to see that Eric B & Rakim are recognized as the pioneers that they are.  

 

It's about that time. The lights go down and I position myself on the side that performers enter from so I can get a good look at Rak as he enters. I see he come up the stairs, he looks at me and my gear, we lock eyes and nod to each other... In my head I heard Michael Buffer's trademark phrase and so it began.

 

 Rak has not lost a step. Not only can he rip it on the mic, but he even did a set where he got behind the turntables and did a little cuttin' and scrathin'. I never knew Rak had those kind of skills. I heard that the reason that Rak and Eric B are no longer together is quite simple. Eric wanted to explore other business ventures and Rak wanted to continue to do music. I hope Rak continues for a long, long time. I think the younger artists could learn a lot from him..... 

 

This was to be the start of an extremely long, tiring and wonderful week as a maverick hip hop photographer. 

Stay tuned for our next installment featuring "Method Man".....

-Lenz777 out

 

I'd like to give a shout out to Neumos for working with us. Thank you very, very much and we look forward to more projects together. 

Please check out the article and photos that I tag teamed with my editor Mac at WOHM. http://bit.ly/16b3WB5

 

More SureShot hip hop installments

Mystikal - http://bit.ly/11BjHSt

A$AP ROCKY- http://bit.ly/RGS94U

Crooked I - http://bit.ly/11IHyQ2

B-Mello, DJ, SureShotfoto.com, hiphop, Seattle, photography, concert, Rakim DJ B-Mello doing what he does best, gettin' the crowd hype!!! photo by SureShotfoto.com

Dyme Def, Fearce Vill, SureShotfoto.com, hiphop, Seattle, photography, concert, Rakim "Fearce Vill" and "CG" of "Dyme Def" starting things off with a bang. - photo by SureShotfoto.com

Grynch, SureShotfoto.com, hiphop, Seattle, photography, concert, Rakim Ballard native "Grynch" reppin' hard - photo by SureShotfoto.com

Ra Scion, SureShotfoto.com, hiphop, Seattle, photography, concert, Rakim, Neumos Yeah we got hip hop in Seattle. Ra Scion showin' his stuff. - photo by SureShotfoto.com

Rakim, SureShotfoto.com, hiphop, Seattle, photography, concert, Rakim, Neumos Rakim rockin' the mic. - photo by SureShotfoto.com

Rakim, SureShotfoto.com, hiphop, Seattle, photography, concert, Rakim, Neumos Rakim doing one of my favorites "Lyrics if fury" - photo by SureShotfoto.com

 

Rakim, DJ, SureShotfoto.com, hiphop, Seattle, photography, concert, Rakim, Neumos What!?!? You didn't know Rakim could get down on the ones and twos? Me neither but he did it well. - photo by SureShotfoto.com

 

Rakim, SureShotfoto.com, hiphop, Seattle, photography, concert, Rakim, Neumos A solemn moment in the show. - photo by SureShotfoto.com

Rakim, SureShotfoto.com, hiphop, Seattle, photography, concert, Rakim, Neumos Rak taking a minute to thank the almighty. - photo by SureShotfoto.com

Rakim, SureShotfoto.com, hiphop, Seattle, photography, concert, Rakim, Neumos Who loves Rakim? Seattle came out in droves and answered that question. - photo by SureShotfoto.com

Rakim, SureShotfoto.com, hiphop, Seattle, photography, concert, Rakim, Neumos Rakim says goodbye to Seattle for now but I'm sure it won't be forever. - photo by SureShotfoto.com

 

 

 

  If you liked this post check out some of our previous posts:

 

Mystikal - http://bit.ly/11BjHSt

A$AP ROCKY- http://bit.ly/RGS94U

Crooked I - http://bit.ly/11IHyQ2

 

 


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