(l to r) Rakim, Corey Glover
(l to r) Rakim, Corey Glover
(l to r) Rakim, Corey Glover

It’s been nearly 30 years since Rakim emerged on the scene quickly amassing a fan base that would– three decades in- gild him in hip hop’s canon as arguably one of the most influential MCs of all time!

In 1986, Rakim, alongside his partner Eric B., with the classic single “Eric B. Is President,” built a reputation as one of the most skilled wordsmiths ever to step into a recording booth, playing a major part in helping to revolutionize the art of rhyming– all the while never using profanity!

Eric B. & Rakim’s classic album Paid in Full was named the greatest hip hop album of all time by MTV in 2006, while Rakim himself was ranked #4 on MTV’s list of the Greatest MCs of All Time!

Now, this hip hop legend will take the stage in Bed-Stuy for the 2015 Restoration Rocks!, a free concert taking place Saturday, October 10, from 12:00noon – 5:00pm on Fulton Street, between Marcy and Brooklyn avenues.


Hosted by Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation– the nation’s first and oldest community development organization– and its Center for Arts & Culture, Restoration Rocks!, is a free block party and kick-off to the week-long Bed-Stuy Alivecelebration!
Rakim will be joined on stage by a bevy of well-known and emerging local acts, including singer and guitarist Corey Glover of the band Living Color, as well as genre-busting DUO 1804 ft. Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) and VAL-Inc; powerhouse vocalist, Sophia Ramos and her rock band , Brooklyn’s own American Idol Finalist, Qaasim Middleton, Kimberly Nichole from The Voice and more. Protest art will be presented by spoken word artists Mo Beasley, Liza Jessie Peterson, and David Mills.

Toni Blackman Photo: Bric Media Arts
Toni Blackman
Photo: Bric Media Arts

Restoration Rocks will be hosted by poet, social activist and hip hop ambassador Toni Blackman, with special guest Strafe of “Setting it Off.”

In addition to the show performances, the block will be filled with food vendors, crafts vendors, children’s activities and representatives from dozens of community organizations that can talk about the plethora of free services and programs available to the community.

Afterwards, continue the fun with a dance party by Soul Summit.

Come join the biggest and best free, all-ages block party in Brooklyn, where it’s all about the community, rock… and soul!


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