Newport concert listings are random and wild and it usually requires significant sifting to find gems amid all the cover bands and Celtic hoohah, particularly after Labor Day. What a pleasant surprise, then, to see rap icon Rakim playing a midweek show at Newport Blues Cafe. Though he’s 51 now and his last radio hit was, uh, some time ago,* he’s keeping busy, even reuniting recently for some live shows with former partner Eric B. Rakim’s debut memoir, Sweat the Technique, is out on the 24th.** Freddie Black, Demmene Syronn (of DirtyDurdie), New Fame and Dj Franchise are opening.
*A feature on Truth Hurts’ formerly omnipresent (and eternally great) R&B hit “Addictive”
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