LET THE RHYTHM HIT 'EM
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bobbito plays rakim for michael jordan (vibe magazine)
*- BOBBITO PLAYS ERIC B & RAKIM ‘IN THE GHETTO’-*
MJ: You got me on this one. I don’t listen to rap at all.
B: Its a cat named Rakim. He’s basically your equivalent in the rap world.
MJ: Oh, yeah? What’s his name again?
B: Rakim. Very dope, poetic, intelligent rap artist. When he came out in ‘86, he completely changed the way people approached the art form.
MJ: Is this hard rap?
B: People have definitions for hardcore that differ. Some would say that hard rap is about murder and violence. Purists might define it as requiring a keener ear to understand. It’s like, most fans would appreciate it if you flushed it on a big man. But a hardcore fan would appreciate your cutting off baseline on defense. The general crowd wouldn’t even notice that you made your man change direction and take a bad shot. You have to listen to Rakim a couple of times to understand his nuances and his metaphor.
MJ: The song is mellow, but you definitely have to bob your head to listen to it.
i don’t go on tour, i go to war.
let the rhythm hit ‘em (live @ rapmania, 1990)
rakim - hip hop history with a legend (via red bull music academy)
the ghetto (showtime at the apollo)
sweat the technique: revelations on creativity