A conversation and book signing with Rakim. Moderated by collaborating writer Bakari Kitwana. DJ’d by the Iconic Eric B of the pioneering hip hop duo Eric B and Rakim, with special performance.
Rakim, the hip hop legend hailed as “the greatest MC of all time” and compared to Thelonious Monk, reimagines the writing handbook in Sweat the Technique, his memoir and guide that incorporates the soulful genius, confidence, and creativity of a master artist.
Sweat the Technique offers insight into how Rakim thinks about words, music, writing, and rhyming as it teaches writers of all levels how to hone their craft. It is also provides a rare glimpse into Rakim’s private life and celebrates the influences that shaped his development—including the jazz music of John Coltrane and the spirituality of the streets—and shares anecdotes spotlighting personalities such as LL COOL J and Dr. Dre, among others.