Rakim x The Midnight Hour: NPR's Tiny Desk Concert • Word Is Bond

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’.

 

See Original Article: The Word is Bond

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad – The Midnight Hour • Word Is Bond

A little over a couple of weeks ago, Adrian Younge and ATCQ’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad released one hell of an album called ‘The Midnight Hour’. Comprised of 20 tracks put together by a full orchestra and the two legends, this album pays homage and continues to have the continuous conversations from “yesterday’s jazz and funk pioneers.” Guest features includes Marsha Ambrosius, Ladybug Mecca (Digable Planets), Raphael Saadiq, Bilal, Questlove, Ceelo Green, and more.

Two things to take notice: this album was given birth back five years ago, but was put on hold due to Younge’s involvement working on the score for the hit Netflix series, Marvel’s Luke Cage. Also, the track “Questions” began as an Midnight Hour demo, but Kendrick Lamar heard it and wanted to use parts of it on his Grammy-winning “To Pimp A Butterfly” album. However, the track ended up on his 2016 compilation, untitled unmastered. as “untitled 06 | 06.30.2014”.

Support great music by purchasing it! Stream the album below.

See Original Article: The Word is Bond