As Black Milk prepares for his next album, he punches in with a double-dose of audio for our speakers.
It’s a debate that’s plagued Hip Hop purists for decades, but now, Pusha T gives his take on who is the better emcee: Big Daddy Kane or Rakim. In a recent interview with The Combat Jack Show, the G.O.O.D Music rapper discussed why he believes Kane is better than Rakim. He explained that after listening to a mix of Kane and Rakim’s records on Philadelphia’s Power 99, he determined that it is the Juice Crew emcee who put out the more impressive discography. Pusha even added that Kane’s legacy influenced the title of his most recent mixtape, Wrath of Caine.
“That [debate over Big Daddy Kane and Rakim was] what Wrath of Caine was about,” he revealed. “It was always the play off the street metaphors, but what happened was I was driving to New York, and I was coming through Philly, and by the time I got to Philly, I caught it so perfectly: a mid-day, mini-mix on Power 99 and they’re doing a [Big Daddy] Kane and Rakim battle. Now mind you, this is an argument that happens with my crew [and] my brother…but I was like, when you lined it up just record for record, I thought [Kane] won.” Earlier this week, Pusha T released his long-awaited mixtape Wrath of Caine. The Clipse veteran is currently working on his solo debut My Name is My Name.
In 1995, the East-West rivalry was picking up some steam. However, it wasn’t all love lost as Rakim crafted this song that year with producer Dominic Owen. Most fans know this record from the version he put out that was produced by DJ Clark Kent . The beat on this unreleased one is a little more lively.
According to recent reports, Pharrell is in the studio with one of his favorite artists. Rakim is said to be at work on a 2013 album.
Iconic New York emcee Rakim has been performing his classic album recorded with former partner Eric B., Paid In Full extensively in recent years. Ra has performed the 1986 4th & Broadway release alone as well as with The Roots since 2010, and made a stop with Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh earlier this month in Detroit, Michigan.
There, Rakim spoke with The Detroit Free Press. The newspaper reports that presently Rakim is in the studio with Pharrell of The Neptunes/N*E*R*D, and plans to release a single before the end of the year.
Rakim last released The Seventh Seal in 2009.