The legendary Rakim will be making his debut appearance in Newport on Wednesday, September 18th.

This Long Island, NY native has been revered by hip-hop fans worldwide since the 1980s. His musical legacy has consistently grown over the years and he recently released a book entitled, Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius. He typically performs in much larger venues so it will certainly be a unique experience to see him in an intimate setting like the Newport Blues Cafe. 

Rakim will be joined by a strong team of openers. Newport’s own Freddie Black and Demmene Syronn,from Providence, RI via New Bedford, MA.  Rounding out the bill is New Fame, a full-time touring lady hip-hop/soul duo originally from New York. DJ Franchise will kick off the night.

Music begins for this 21+ event at 9 pm. Tickets are now available. $30 general admission tickets and $100 meet & greet passes are available at while they last. $38 at the door. 

The event is presented by Newport Blues and rhymeCulture.
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