Newark, New Jersey: Was lit on Thursday night! With great reason to be so NJ PAC kicked up summer with their free outdoor concert series ‘Sounds Of The City.” This evening’s performance was ‘The God Emcee’ Rakim for FREE!!! How dope is that thank you so much to NJ PAC, Rutgers-Newark City Verses Project, NJ PAC Arts Education, and the Horizon Foundation for getting all this greatness together.
As we moved through security, making our way to the media area you could feel the energy mounting, sniff to smell the herb in the air, shoot looking around it almost felt like another world. People shoulder to shoulder without a care in the world. 14 short months ago this would not have been possible.
The show kicked off with local students showcasing their talents. Some played instruments, others spoke beautiful poetry, while others spit rhymes. It was an amazing night filled with great young talent. When their little showcase was over it was time to welcome one of the original G.O.A.T.S., ‘RAKIM!’
Sheeeeesh did he ever put on a show my man performed for well over an hour, he hopped on the 1/2 ‘N’ 2/s at one point and started DJing showing off some skills he scooped up during the pandemic. He performed all the classics, “Don’t Sweat The Technique;” “It’s The R,” “When I B On Tha Mic,” etc…
I’ve waited 20 plus years to see ‘The God Emcee’ perform I’m so grateful and blessed I can say I got that experience. He looked great on stage plowing through tracks stopping briefly to sip some water or interact with the crowd. The energy was electric when he came on stage and it remained that way the whole hour plus.
IMUer’s check out the images below and check out some video of the Rakim doing what he does best.
IMU Exclusive: A Night At NJ PAC W/ Rakim
Source, Cover Photo, & Gallery: IMU Media