Over the past few days, many celebrities have attended the Art Basel 2012 in Miami. Friday night, The God Emcee catered to a crowd at The Stage. Peep the highlights above.
Last week, Complex chopped it up with Rakim Allah. During their interview The 18th Letter touched on his recent Rock-N-Roll Hall Of Fame Nomination. Inductees will be announced soon, but it’s not too late to cast your vote here.
Recently, you were nominated for a spot in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. What was your reaction when you heard the news?
I was speechless. You can almost say, “Yeah, I made it,” getting nominated to that right there. It’s a big accolade. If I get in, it’ll definitely put the icing on the cake. To be noticed on that plateau, for me, is enough. It definitely lets you know that you’re noticed, appreciated, and somewhat made it in music.
But I’ve got other things to prove. I don’t know why, but now it’s like [I'm] proving you can be over 40, still be relevant, still be nice on the mic, and you can still be a beast. All of these things. It don’t stop with me. I guess with the titles that I’ve been handed through the years, it inspires me to keep that up. If not, push it further.
As previously mentioned, Rakim was one of the surprise guests last night at Paul Rosenberg’s #PR40 Birthday Bash. In this clip, he performs “Eric B. Is President”, “Microphone Fiend”, and “Follow The Leader.”
Rakim celebrated the 25th anniversary of Paid In Full two nights ago with two shows at the Blue Note Jazz Club in Manhattan. Backstage, MTV caught up with the God and his esteemed back-up band, The Roots, as they spoke on the event.
“The Roots is hip-hop royalty right now,” Rakim said. “From what they do, what they bring to the table, for them to holla at me, put this together, invite me out, that let me know, ‘Yo, it’s official.’ Otherwise, they wouldn’t. It’s a good feeling to be around this long and still get that love.”
Earlier this evening, the Science Of Speech concert featuring Rakim, De La Soul and Black Star went down at the Jazz Cafe in London. At about the 2:50 mark of Mos and Talib’s set, they brought out Jay Electronica.