It has been close to a decade since we’ve heard Rakim released some new music, but that didnt mean that he wasn’t busy. He and Eric B got together to tour for the first time in 25 years back in April, and also linked up earlier this month for the Yo! MTV Raps! 30th Anniversary show.
If you’ve been watching the newest season of Marvel’s Luke Cage off Netflix, you’ll notice from the premiere of the show that you heard the God MC’s new song called “King’s Paradise”. Some of NPR staff got to hear it for the first time a few days prior to the season premiere at the Tiny Desk – with the Midnight Hour (Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge) and orchestra backing him up. The song pays homage to the Harlem Renaissance and to the fictional superhero.
Watch the performance below, and also check Rakim perform ‘Paid In Full’ and ‘Know The Ledge’.