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Editors’ Notes

The majority of The Archive was recorded at a live date in New York in 2007 or early 2008. Even though the set primarily contains abbreviated versions of works from Rakim’s back catalog, the raw, spontaneous quality of the live recordings gives the songs a distinctive energy. Even though they were recorded before a packed club audience, the recordings are such that the listener can imagine Rakim performing “My Melody,” “Don’t Sweat the Technique.” “Ghetto” and “Move the Crowd” in a Bronx gymnasium in the old days of hip-hop. The deejay’s raw cuts help give the recordings an authentic air. Still, the real meat of this collection is the new studio songs. In “Hip Hop” and “It’s Nothing” Rakim offers a State of Hip-Hop Address. The former song outlines the difference between Rakim and his junior competitors, and gives credence to the live recordings that comprise the second half of this compilation: “Some of us love to flow till the club close / Some love to blow for the love of dough / In it for fortune and fame flamboyant for good / They extorting the game / Exploiting the hood.”

Customer Reviews

Return of the R

Yo, this album will feed the mouths of starving hiphop fans. The flow on Love 4 Sale is sick and its a refreshing concept from the God Rakim. Peep his story telling! Word on the street is Rakim is back and still flowin' ex. casualties of war was 11 years ahead of its time!! It's Nothing is vintage Ra,the second verse is crazy "when the God spit, im still the yardstick for real performers". This is an appetizer for the 7th seal....get ready


Great The Game Needed This even though theres only 4 new songs the rest are live but classics none the less

All Praises Due!

Much love and respect always. So glad to hear some real hip hop! Thirsty for this!!


Born: January 28, 1968 in Wyandanch, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although he never became a household name, Rakim is near-universally acknowledged as one of the greatest MCs -- perhaps the greatest -- of all time within the hip-hop community. It isn't necessarily the substance of what he says that's helped him win numerous polls among rap fans in the know; the majority of his lyrics concern his own skills and his Islamic faith. But in terms of how he says it, Rakim is virtually unparalleled. His flow is smooth and liquid, inflected with jazz rhythms and carried...
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