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Rakim is working with Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Maino, and Styles P on “Seventh Seal”

26 Sep

RakimIt has been some time now that Rakim has spent in preparation for his album, The Seventh Seal. He signed with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment in 2000 and began working on the album.

Initially, The Seventh Seal was expected to be released sometime in 2002 as Oh, My God. That was the year that Rakim appeared on label-mate, Truth Hurts’, single “Addictive.” The song was a top ten hit and it helped introduce Rakim to a younger generation.

After her album Rakim’s album was supposed to come, but Aftermath signed 50 Cent. Unexpectedly, 50 Cent’s career took off and Dr. Dre chose to focus on working with him instead of Rakim. After 50 Cent took over in 2003, Rakim left the label.

For the past six years, he has been independently working on The Seventh Seal. The year is 2009, ten years after his last release. Rakim is preparing his climb to the top, once again. For his upcoming album, he has been working with a slew of artists, including his own daughter.

The big-name appearances on this album will be coming from veterans, Jadakiss, Styles P, and Busta Rhymes. Other appearances will be made by newcomer, Maino. Rakim’s third solo effort, The Seventh Seal, will be released on November 17, 2009.

Will Jadakiss sign with Bad Boy, Too?

23 Sep

JadakissJadakiss began his career with The L.O.X. on Bad Boy Records. Things did not go as well as planned with Puffy and Bad Boy, so they left for the Ruff Ryders. Over time, the relationship between the group and Sean Combs improved and now the group is signed back to Bad Boy Records.

For unknown reasons, Bad Boy Records is becoming a hotbed for rappers to join. The label is in talks of signing their former star, Mase, and many other rappers are more than willing to join. The L.O.X. have returned to the label and Jadakiss is one of two rappers on Roc-A-Fella Records, a label that he signed to for him to align with Jay-Z.

Jay-Z has left the label and Kanye West might leave the label. Def Jam is not in much better shape than Roc-A-Fella and Jadakiss is already working on the second album in his 2-album deal with the label. His relationship with Combs is becoming increasingly trusting.

With such rappers as Raekwon, Ghostface, Mase, and The L.O.X. trying to get on the label, will Jadakiss join the bandwagon?

Jadakiss’ “Who’s Real (remix)”

20 Sep

Jadakiss was initially struggling to find that single to lift his third album, The Last Kiss. The album was selling fairly well, but he had no singles to represent his effort.

Being known as a rapper for the streets, Jada’s fans expected street music. What they received was a track with Ne-Yo, an auto-tune-filled Lil Wayne collaboration, and a dedication track to The Notorious B.I.G.

When “Who’s Real” hit the radio, it was a sign of a return of the old Jadakiss. The song was street with a catchy beat. It did not get much better with Swizz Beatz’ chorus and OJ Da Juiceman’s ad-libs. The video was phenominal with all of Jada’s past and present collaborators there.

It seemed to be the best that Jadakiss had been since his previous album. It felt like Jada was at his peak. Well, he has topped his best with the “Who’s Real (remix).” All of Ruff Ryders is on it and the video is great.