The Seventh Seal

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
The long-anticipated third album from Rakim took a decade to arrive, but rabid fans should be warned that this is not a case of "ten years in the making." Nothing here is over two years old, so none of the unreleased Dr. Dre tracks fans have hoped for are included, but chances are they wouldn't have fit. With most songs focusing on the chorus, The Seventh Seal strives to connect with a 2009 audience and enlists vocalists like Maino plus producers like Nottz, Needlz, and Jake One to get the job done. Rakim himself is in fine form, showing the current generation "How to Emcee" with lines like "In a class of greatness/For matching phrases/My predicates last for pages." ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
The long-anticipated third album from Rakim took a decade to arrive, but rabid fans should be warned that this is not a case of "ten years in the making." Nothing here is over two years old, so none of the unreleased Dr. Dre tracks fans have hoped for are included, but chances are they wouldn't have fit. With most songs focusing on the chorus, The Seventh Seal strives to connect with a 2009 audience and enlists vocalists like Maino plus producers like Nottz, Needlz, and Jake One to get the job done. Rakim himself is in fine form, showing the current generation "How to Emcee" with lines like "In a class of greatness/For matching phrases/My predicates last for pages." "Documentary of a Gangsta" is the kind of stone-cold story of the streets "He got medals for war/He a veteran/But now he bring the chedda' in/More than he ever been" that built Rakim's career, and when you add that unaffected, laid-back delivery, all the pieces are in place. With so many of the other tracks being hook-minded, those hoping for a raw comeback will be a disappointed, but this is a classic rapper with all his skills intact, finding his way in the new millennium. If he was more prolific, the bar wouldn't be so high, and when the material-starved fans get to hear The Master utter 21st century words like "Barack" and "Obama," they'll be less concerned that this often great, always very good effort isn't the absolute masterpiece they'd hoped for.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/2009
  • Label: Smc Recordings
  • UPC: 852819003426
  • Catalog Number: 342
  • Sales rank: 54,063

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 How To Emcee (4:13)
  2. 2 Walk These Streets (4:05)
  3. 3 Documentary of a Gangsta (4:12)
  4. 4 Man Above (4:27)
  5. 5 You and I - Samuel Christian (4:42)
  6. 6 Won't Be Long (4:50)
  7. 7 Holy Are You (4:06)
  8. 8 Satisfaction Guaranteed (4:27)
  9. 9 Working For You - Robert Cray Band (4:19)
  10. 10 Message In the Song (3:52)
  11. 11 Put It All To Music (4:03)
  12. 12 Psychic Love (3:28)
  13. 13 Still In Love (2:43)
  14. 14 Dedicated (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rakim Primary Artist
Samuel Christian Vocals
Technical Credits
William Bell Composer
David Axelrod Composer
Nick Wiz Producer
J. Wells Producer
Samuel Christian Producer
Jake One Producer
Neo DaMatrix Producer
Booker T. Composer
Needlz Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I disagree

    I read the review on Rakim's album I completely disagree,I believe that Rakim has an album, that is exactly what it should be, a retrospective view on a Legend that has seen and done it all. The Rakim I hear is telling the story of how to live and process life, without compromising one's integrity, or the allowance of life run you, rather you running it. He does something that none of the popular MCs of today does, or better stated, has the courage to do, and that is, but not limited to, telling you the truth about how the fast life really affects one's life as seen through the actual experience that he went through, without glorifying of sugar coating the experience. Rakim gives you something that can use(knowledge)and tells you how not to loose. The review I read wants to retro fit this Icon back to the 80's and 90's,there's only one problem, we're not in the 80's and 90's lol!!, . But in the same way his words were relevent to that time then, his mature message is relevant to today. He is married with teens, he mother passed away, and the street life caught with him as it has done with all of us, yet his lyrical content(real talk that is)is still on point and still intact. In short like a song Rakim made on the 'Follow the Leader " album during the 90's this new abum is FOR THE LISTENERS,which means you have to listen to the album more than once,in order to make an intelligible comment on what is being said. And finally,hear what is being said today rather than living for yesterday. Thanx Nelson F. King Sr aka Flauxy Gz Reverbnation.com

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    Posted December 18, 2009

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