• Band Name: Rakim
  • Record Label: SMC
  • Release Date: Nov 17, 2009
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12

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  1. Jan 25, 2011
    9
    I can completely understand the mixed reviews regarding production however the critics are too quick to overlook Rakim's lyrical prowess. Ten years may have passed since his last record yet his words are still timelessly relevant and his street teachings carry as much weight as they ever have (he was once considered the greatest MC of all time). The record is distinctly personal and therefore won't strike a chord with those who are used to the disposable records that are so widely produced. Rakim's unique angle characterises his artistic direction and exposes his substantial talents. 'How to Emcee' is one of the few standout tracks though his unassuming gangster style does him no favours in appealing to those who have never heard of him. 9/10 85/100 Expand
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59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. This record, though not awful by any means, is simply not up to the standards set by the God MC.
  2. Suffice to say there's nothing very compelling here, though Seventh Seal is made interesting by the paucity of Rakim's material.
  3. 50
    Too bad that the production here is decidedly mortal.