Synergy Concerts presents


DJ Naeem // Special guests tba

Mon 9 May 2011 | 7.30pm | £13 + bf

Rakim comes to the Arches, Glasgow on Mon 9th May.

In the history of hip hop, few artists have had as great an impact on the development and progression of the art form’s lyrical style as Rakim. Universally referenced as one of the ‘masters of the microphone’ and an influence and inspiration to his peers and followers alike, Rakim first exploded onto the scene with the release of iconic single Eric B. Is President in 1986 with long time collaborator Eric B. The single marked a turning point in the rap world, raising the bar for future MCs and revolutionizing the way rhymes are delivered to this day. No serious discussion of the music’s greatest performers is held without a deferential accounting of his achievements, and no serious rap artist grips a microphone without channelling some of his legend.

Rakim’s intricately intellectual lyrics draw their force from his worldly experience, inner faith and progressive contemplation. His liquid and seemingly effortless delivery – often imitated, but still unrivaled – come from a fire fueled by a deep understanding of not just hip hop, but also the jazz and R&B influences that have surrounded his family since his youth. His recordings – including the all-time classics Paid In Full, Follow the Leader and The 18th Letter – have sold in the multi-millions worldwide. Billboard, Rolling Stone, MTV and a host of others consistently refer to Paid in Full as ‘the greatest hip hop album of all time’, a claim often repeated in audience polls.

Don’t miss this rare appearance from a living hip hop legend. Rakim Allah is back to reset the standard.

14+ (Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+)
Enters on Argyle Street